More than just another school, Whytecliff is a whole program, offering the best in learning and therapeutic experiences to build academic and life success for children 13-18 with diverse needs who have not been able to find success in public or independent high schools.
• Two Locations: one in Burnaby serving the Lower Mainland (up to 36 youths), and one in Langley serving the Fraser Valley (up to 56 youths). Transportation assistance provided.
• Dual Accreditation: Whytecliff is a BC Ministry of Education accredited independent school for grades 8-12. Whytecliff is also accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).
• Applications for Entry: Any mental health or addictions professional, social worker, school counsellor or teacher, health or other professional, parent or caregiver may recommend a youth to Whytecliff. Youth can also introduce other youth or youth may make an application themselves and attend with their parent or caregiver’s permission.
• Operating Periods: Whytecliff formally operates September through May between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, with occasional evening and weekend programming. The program involves participants in learning and structured activities from 25 to 35 hours per week. After-hours support is also available.
• Cost: Whytecliff is operated by Focus Foundation of BC, a non-profit that charges extremely reasonable sliding scale program fees which cover transportation assistance, special programming and activities, on and off-site meals, facilities costs and needed operating funds. Program fees may be tax deductible, and bursaries and scholarships are available.