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Vinery Program

The Vinery Program provides a safe, supportive and nurturing educational environment to at-risk, emotionally fragile students. The program staff is dedicated to working individually with students to focus on their emotional, social and academic needs.​

Program Description:

The Vinery Program provides a safe, supportive and nurturing educational environment to at-risk, emotionally fragile students. The program staff is dedicated to working individually with students to focus on their emotional, social and academic needs. Students are offered an opportunity to study an individualized, self-paced educational program. In addition to the core academic subjects the Vinery Program offers various group activities including a Personal Awareness Program, an Arts and Community Program, and a Fitness Program.

 

Student Profile:

The Vinery Program is designed primarily for students who are between the ages of 13-15 (grade 8 to 10) and who are at-risk of dropping out of school or who have already dropped out.  The Vinery Program is not appropriate for youth who experience severe behavioral difficulties or severe learning disabilities. Students referred to this program should meet the Ministry of Education criteria for designation in the “R” or “H” category (Students Requiring Behaviour Interventions or Students with Mental Health concerns).

 

Academic Goal:

At the Vinery students can complete grades 8, 9 and 10 in the core subject areas. Student progress is managed through the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) process which involves the student, the parent/guardian and program staff. Adaptations are made where necessary to meet the needs of the students.  In addition to providing educational and recreational programming, the program staff is dedicated to working individually with students to focus on their emotional, social and academic needs.  Upon completion of the Vinery Program, students are encouraged to continue their education in a setting most suited to their individual needs.

 

Referral Process:

Intake is continuous as space becomes available. A Vinery Program Referral requesting placement must be submitted to the Youth and Family Worker at the Vinery. Referrals are accepted for students less than sixteen years of age from counsellors, administrators and other educational professionals. All referrals are reviewed to determine program suitability relative to individual student needs. The Youth and Family Worker will arrange an intake interview with the student and his/her parent/guardian.  An “Application Portfolio” is then compiled and presented to the Vinery Selection Committee which meets monthly.  All successful applicants will then be placed on a wait list. 

 

Program Capacity and Staffing:

The Vinery enrolls 22 students and has 1 Teacher, 1 Youth and Family Worker and 1 School and Student Support Worker.