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Kits Pre-Employment

The Kitsilano Pre-Employment Program offers a three year course designed for students who are having difficulties in the regular academic program. Students participate in adapted or modified academic courses, regular credit electives, work experience and career exploration.


Program objectives include:

  • furthering basic academic skills while developing career skills
  • individual and small group instruction in academic and elective courses
  • developing good work habits, punctuality and attendance
  • complete at least three work experience practicum's of varying lengths at Grades 11 and 12



Students are considered appropriate for placement in this program when they:

  • meet the Ministry criteria for Learning Disabilities (Q) or have a long history of learning difficulties in the regular academic program
  • require adapted or modified course work and are motivated to complete a Grade 12 school completion
  • possess average intellectual ability
  • show a significant discrepancy between their estimated learning potential and actual performance
  • have learning difficulties not primarily resultant from factors such as: sensory or physical impairments, intellectual disabilities or behavioural difficulties
  • exhibit difficulties in some of the following areas: attention, perception, memory reasoning, communication, academics and social competence
  • understand and commit to the career development nature of the program which includes work experience at the Grade 11 and 12 levels



Referrals for placement in the Kits Pre-Employment Program must be submitted to the Screening Committee.



- Referral to Screening form

- Psychological assessment and speech / language assessment if available

- current assessment of achievement levels

- Pre-Referral Intervention Strategies (PRIS) form

- Individual Education Plan (IEP)

- recent report cards

- School Based Team minutes



Students are reviewed on a regular basis and if a change in placement is recommended a referral is submitted to the Screening Committee.

Placement in a regular classroom in recommended when students have developed compensatory skills to a level which will allow them to function successfully. 



Grades 10 to 12 (15 - 19 years of age)

Program capacity is 45 students

3 Teachers

Below is a list of courses offered in the KITS Mini Department at Kitsilano Secondary School:​


Pre-Employment Grade 10
  • Mini English 10
  • Mini Social Studies 10
  • Mini Mathematics 10 Workplace
  • Mini Science 10
  • Mini Planning 10
  • Mini PE 10
  • Mini Resource Support​
Pre-Employment Grade 11
  • Mini Communications
  • Civic Studies 11
  • Mini Math 11 - Workplace
  • Mini Science and Technology
  • Mini PE 11
  • Mini Resource 11

Pre-Employment Grade 12
  • Mini Communications
  • Mini PE 12
  • Mini Resource 12​