Genesis South is a Vancouver Alternate Secondary School program with the Vancouver School Board that addresses the needs of students who are 16-19 years of age and have an extended history of non-engagement in school. Every student has an "H," "F," and/or "D" Ministry Designation. Genesis South is an interagency program that enrolls a maximum of 20 students, 10 in the morning class and 10 in the afternoon class, and has 1 VSB Teacher and 1 Youth Worker from PLEA Community Service Society of BC. The course work is self-paced and the flexibility of the program allows students to work with the teacher to develop learning activities that suit their individual learning needs and interests. Student progress is managed through the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process which involves the student, parent/guardian, and program staff.
Genesis South is designed to meet the academic, vocational, personal, and social needs of each students. Referrals to the program can be made by an MCFD or Indigenous delegated agency Social Worker or Probation Officer and are accepted on an on-going basis and reviewed by a MCFD/VSB screening committee to determine eligibility, placement and priority. The programs employ a team approach which includes but is not limited to school staff, social workers, probation officers, parent/guardian, mental health workers, and one-to-one support workers.
Students can complete the Ministry requirements for a Dogwood Certificate or an Adult Dogwood Certificate. Adaptations and modifications are made where necessary to meet the needs of the students. In addition to the academic component, students may be engaged in work experience, recreation, social, and life skills activities.