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Home Schooled Students with or without Learning Disabilities

Home schooled students can benefit in a variety of ways from a partnership between the professional teachers at the Vancouver learning Centre, their primary home teacher, and the students themselves. There are many reasons why students need to be schooled at home and outside the public or private school system even in a large metropolitan area like Metro Vancouver, which is well served by public and private schools.

Generally, there is a mismatch between the needs of the student and the education services available to them. Reasons for this mismatch may include:

  • The students has a learning disability that is undiagnosed, or is not manageable in the classroom
  • There is a learning style that makes them uncomfortable or anxious in the classroom
  • There is a combination of factors such as a learning disability combined with giftedness or combined with developmental delay
  • Or there is a temporary problem such as a particular school situation or an illness. In these cases the Vancouver Learning Centre can act as a wonderful transition space, a bridge between where they are at the moment and where they want to be
  • There is a personal-family value or philosophy that does not match the education system available

At the Vancouver Learning Centre the partnership begins with a witnessed neuropsychological and educational assessment that allows the psychologist to provide:

  • Standardized data that provides guidance to educational goals and outcomes as well as learning styles’ strengths and weaknesses.
  • A targeted program design that:
    • identifies optimal teaching strategies
    • identifies both learning disabilities and remedies
    • identifies gifted domains that would benefit from enrichment
    • provides enabling programs to build knowledge platforms in Science, Social Science and the Humanities for future learning
    • provides targeted professional teaching support and support for earning credentials in academic subjects
    • provides cognitive behaviour management (CBT) for behaviour or anxiety that is keeping them out of the mainstream
    • prepares them either to return to the classroom by providing professional teaching in all academic subjects, especially in upper level high school courses in Math or Science that may be beyond the skill set of their primary home teacher, or provides an ongoing program to help them graduate to the next stage in their education, including earning a high school leaving diploma.
    • provides transition services to post-secondary training through support for college level correspondence courses through Thompson River University (TRU) or through active support in college and university courses

Finally, once an assessment has taken place the family has access to a professional and experienced teaching and psychologist faculty for ongoing advice and advocacy as needed and for as long as needed.

In addition, members of the Vancouver Learning Centre Parent Advisory Group who have had a similar experience can be assigned to temporarily discuss issues of importance from a parent’s perspective.

Overall, the Vancouver Learning Centre program for home schooled students is a professional wrap-around comprehensive service that diminishes the issues of being in a class of one, educated at home, and provides enrichment, expertise and inspiration to achieve goals that will enhance the educational outcome for these students.

Next Steps

  • If you would like to have answers as to what can be done, you can book a complimentary interview with Vancouver Learning Centre Director Andrew Taylor by telephone at 604-738-2277 or by e-mail.
  • If after you are fully informed through the interview and by reading this website you are interested in proceeding, Andrew will provide you with an assessment date to begin the process.
  • If you have further concerns or questions you can speak to VLC principal and senior psychologist, Dr. Geraldine Schwartz, either by telephone or by booking a further personal complimentary interview.
  • The assessment will provide a clear statement of the student’s cognitive and educational strengths and weaknesses along with a detailed program that is offered as a proposal. The program is delivered by the Vancouver Learning Centre’s highly qualified teaching faculty, one-to-one.


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