A Positive Place for Children with Diverse Learning Challenges
Whytecliff considers applications of any child in the Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley, age 13-18, who is not being successful or engaged in school. The majority of children we accept have challenges with anxiety & depression and are seeking an environment where they can feel safe ⎯ a real school offering Dogwood and Evergreen graduation that doesn’t seem remedial or like an ‘alternative school’, and a place where they can begin to relax, feel normal, and develop their personal abilities and self-esteem.
Many of the children who are successful and qualify for acceptance at Whytecliff have been labelled within a diagnosed category such as:
–Language Processing Disorder
–Nonverbal Learning Disorders
–Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
–Chronic Health Impairment
–High Functioning Autism
–Behavioral and Emotional Challenges
–Drug and Alcohol Abuse
–Oppositional Defiant Disorder
If you don’t see your child’s challenge listed above, that doesn’t mean they won’t qualify; we have a policy of actively considering all applications to the program.
Contact us if your child isn’t being successful in or engaged in school.
Why it works for kids who failed elsewhere
Rather than focusing on the problem and treating children like they need to be “fixed”, the program at Whytecliff has a different starting point with the child, and focuses on their potential.
We consider the bigger picture, beyond the challenges and labels, and seek to understand and develop each child’s unique gifts, talents, strengths, and interests.
A Higher Aim
Our goal has always been to help children live and enjoy their lives by developing their strengths and helping them engage, rather than simply focusing on a singular problem or challenge for them to overcome.
Long before wellbeing became the ‘it’ thing, it was and still is at the very heart of what we do – woven together with education from day one. To us, this approach is just common sense, the way that any caring parent would work to help their children grow into their best possible selves.
A Wider Scope
The benefit of Whytecliff’s approach is how versatile it is. Because our program isn’t structured around one particular challenge or problem, we can work with a wider range of kids, and are especially well-suited for kids with co-occurring challenges.
We’ve discovered that, many times, when a child starts to grow through their so-called ‘problems’, the real issues pop out along the way. But because the child will have grown to develop their natural adaptive capacity, they’re better positioned to deal with their challenges and prevent new ones from forming.