BOOST is a full-service program that includes 10 hours of one-to-one intensive teaching, coaching and mentoring on a specifically designed and targeted program along with 15 hours of supervised on-site practice. This can be combined with a distance education curriculum through a home schooling agency which becomes the student's home school. If an IEP is available ...
this will be integrated and supported by the VLC teacher. In addition, regular monitoring, progress reviews, counseling, goal setting and crisis intervention are included as needed. The BOOST student becomes part of the VLC community and each BOOST student is assigned a team captain.
This program is designed to lead to the achievement of educational goals and to the development of new skill platforms based on a competent and solid set of learned skills. This program often incorporates the earning of academic credentials from the Vancouver Learning Network (VLN) and/or Thompson River University (TRU). Where this is the case, intensive coaching of the curriculum under study is incorporated and the whole program is integrated so that credentials are earned based on solid skills. This rich, self-paced experience changes educational futures.
The BOOST program is particularly appropriate both for young adult students who want to ‘fast track’ a successful return to training or studies at a secondary or post-secondary institution; and for students aged 12-19 whose early school years have been unusual due to specialized brain-based schooling, home schooling, learning disabilities, or due to elementary school in an IEP program where they are missing important classroom-based learning.
The BOOST program is appropriate for students who have not yet achieved an academic skill platform that would allow for success in a regular high school program. For these students a full-service year-by-year process allows them to both develop academic skills and to participate in the Vancouver Learning Network (VLN) courses to achieve grade-by-grade credentials towards high school graduation.
For BOOST students every case is unique. Their individualized program is built around their needs and stretches to meet the highest possible goals.
Even more important in the long term, since they are continuously monitored, programs are reviewed and goals reconsidered, as new skill levels are achieved. In many cases new possibilities for life outcomes emerge. These processes are transparent and include the learner and their family in face-to-face discussions whenever this is appropriate.
It should be noted that the principles that allow for neuoroplasticityto occur are always followed in these programs.
The program is also a bridge to the next part of the education journey. Some students can transition to a half time BOOST and return to high school part-time, others even improve enough to return to school as full-time students.
Regardless of the length or intensity of the journey, they are now improved learners in a time of rapid change where learning is the key critical skill for success.