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In preparation for the 2023-24 school year, Learning Alternatives will transition two more programs to the Woodlands Secondary site. The move will create numerous benefits for the Learning Alternatives students while opening up classrooms for a growing student enrolment at John Barsby Secondary.
The two remaining programs at John Barsby, the Senior Learning Alternatives and RAVENS Lelum programs will move to its new home over the course of the next few months. All Learning Alternatives programs, with the exception of the Snuneymuxw Classroom and Nanaimo Correctional Centre, will operate out of the Woodlands site.
Hosting all programs at the same site facilitates easier movement between programs for students, enabling seamless transitions and relationship-building with staff. Additionally, consolidating programs at one location enhances administrative efficiency by eliminating travel time and keeping resources in one central location. The move will also allow the principal to provide stronger leadership, supervision, and build a cohesive community in one place.
These benefits emphasize improved student experiences, streamlined administrative processes, effective leadership, and the ability to accommodate growing enrolment as key advantages of moving a program from one school to another.