Three models are used in providing one-to-one teaching at the Vancouver Learning Centre:
- a part-time program
- the BOOST program
- home-schooled students with special needs
In addition, we use a four-semester schedule.
In the first model, students who are in school attend 2-6 hours per week, along with their regular schooling. Most students take this part time program. Parents tell us that students love to come, even after a long school day, or at least they do not object.
BOOST Program (Buying out of School Temporarily)
The second model is for those who are not in school. They attend the BOOST (Buying Out Of School Temporarily) Program. This includes 10 hours of one-to-one instruction and 15 hours of supervised learning per week. This provides for a fulltime educational experience. Students have to be able to learn independently for some of the time under supervision to be eligible for the BOOST program. Thus, while the Vancouver Learning is a learning centre and not a school, some students spend their full school day on site, where they have a very rich and intense learning experience as a bridge or transition to the next stage of their learning journey.
To provide convenient learning schedules for all of our students in their one-to-one teaching programs the VLC is available for instruction from 8am to 8pm five days a week, and from 9am to 6pm on Saturday.
Home-Schooled Students with Special Needs
The third model is for home-schooled students who are different learners. Home-schooling has been chosen for a variety of reasons.Their families have elected to move away from a traditional bricks-and-mortar school to a home-schooling model.
The Vancouver Learning Centre, while not a school, has a successful record of collaboration with distance education home schooling agencies, who are considered the student's home school. The home school is in charge of the student's curriculum, and the VLC facilitates access to their programs for learners who otherwise would be unable to learn successfully with this model. This applies particularly to students with special needs.
The home-school agency remains the “school of registration” for these students, offers IEPs and credentials, teacher advice and access to examinations. VLC programs incorporate these school programs, but offer the specialty of informed teaching strategies to work for a successful outcome with learners who have difficulty learning in traditional ways.
The supplemented home-school experience therefore emerges as a manageable and individualized program for the long-term benefit of each student as they proceed through their educational journey.