Kootenay-Columbia Learning Center

The Kootenay-Columbia School District offers six Alternate Resource Programs housed in two campuses.


The Kootenay-Columbia Board of Education (School District No. 20) believes that the neighbourhood school is of prime importance in the delivery of educational services.


Although the Board believes that the neighbourhood school is central in meeting the educational needs of parents and their children/youth, it recognizes the need and importance for alternative educational opportunities.


Alternative Resource Programs provide an environment that includes additional support for students. Teachers use a variety of instructional methods designed to meet the academic needs of students, classes have fewer students, and students have greater access to and support from Child and Youth Care Workers. The program staff is dedicated to working individually and in groups to address the social, emotional, behavioural and mental health needs of students.


In most cases students referred to the alternative programs should meet the Ministry of Education criteria for designation in the "R" or "H" category (Students requiring behavioral intervention or students with Mental Health concerns).

The Kootenay-Columbia Learning Center is comprised of two campuses, one in Trail and one in Castlegar.

Each of these campuses provides unique programming to students from across the district (Trail, Castlegar, Rossland, Fruitvale and Montrose).


Alternative Education Referral Process:


For entrance into any and all of the District's alternative programs, students are required to be represented at a District Screening Committee meeting, which is held once per month. This committee determines access and placement of each student requesting an alternative educational placement. Once the student is notified of the results of the meeting, registration and intake at the recommended site can be completed. Major intake dates for all alternative programs are late spring (following fall session), early fall (current year), and January (second semester). Other intake may occur on an individual case basis.