A Different Kind of School
Whytecliff Agile Learning Centres in Langley & Burnaby offer a highly successful Gr. 8-12 curriculum tailored for youth with diverse learning, personal, or life challenges. Our caring and competent staff gently weave the academics with a positive strengths-based therapeutic program, paving the way for whole-life success. Despite struggling in other schools, attendance here soars, and course completion increases 4 to 8 times. 95% of students entering grade 12 graduate, and later self-report as 9.3 out of 10 for being on a solid life path!
A Place to Grow and Feel at Home
Whytecliff is a safe, warm and friendly place for children with a diverse range of needs. Our centres incorporate the new BC Curriculum’s intellectual, personal, and social-emotional proficiencies, with a special emphasis on positive well-being.
Youth with diverse learning and/or personal challenges – such as anxiety & depression – who have often struggled or straggled in other schools, find our tailored supports are what they need in order to be successful.
Not only does our unique and supportive approach work, children love being here! On average, children’s attendance doubles (vs. their previous school) and course completion rates increase 4 to 8 times! Children who graduate go on to universities, colleges, the trades, or the world of business or work (please check out our results tab).
- Two Locations: One in Burnaby serving the Lower Mainland (up to 36 youths), and one in Langley serving the Fraser Valley (up to 56 youths). Transportation assistance provided.
- Dual Accreditation: Whytecliff is a BC Ministry of Education accredited, dedicated Diverse Learning Needs Independent School for grades 8-12. Whytecliff is also accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).
- Co-ed program
- Low Student to Educator Ratio 6:1
- Class Sizes 3-6
- Operating Periods: Whytecliff formally operates September through May, Monday to Friday, between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., with occasional evening and weekend programming. We are often open through – and offer optional programming during – public school breaks. The program engages participants in learning and structured activities from 25 to 35+ hours per week. After-hours support is also available. We include transportation assistance, private and individual lessons and tutoring, before and after school programs, and some breakfast and lunch programs.
- Non-Profit, High Value / Low Cost: Whytecliff is operated by Focus Foundation of BC, a non-profit that charges extremely reasonable program fee (which covers transportation assistance, special programming and activities, on and off-site meals, facilities costs and needed operating funds). Program fees may be tax deductible, and bursaries and scholarships are available. Any child who truly needs (and would fit within and benefit from this program) yet is unable to afford it will not be turned away.
- Applications for Entry: Any mental health or addictions professional, social worker, school counsellor or teacher, health or other professional, parent or caregiver may recommend a youth to Whytecliff. Youth can also introduce other youth or youth may make an application themselves and attend with their parent or caregiver’s permission.
- Affiliations: FISA Federation of Independent Schools
3450 Boundary Rd, Burnaby BC V5M 4A5
TEL: 604-438-4451 FAX: 604-438-5572
20561 Logan Avenue, Langley BC V3A 7R3
TEL: 604-532-1268 FAX: 604-532- 1269