Located at 3365 Mahon Ave in North Vancouver, Mountainside Secondary is located in the former Balmoral school site. In 2010, the North Vancouver School District closed former alternate schools such as Keith Lynn and Windsor House and the programs were merged to create Mountainside Secondary.
Although Mountainside is an alternate school the institution itself makes efforts to rid the stigma associated with these types of schools. Students at Mountainside range from those with social anxieties to others with medical conditions that simply do not thrive in a traditional classroom setting. Mountainside has a greater focus on hands-on learning such as industrial classes and woodworking.
This school is North Vancouver’s newest addition and also the smallest secondary school with a maximum capacity of approximately 250 students. Mountainside qualifies as an alternate school as per the Ministry of Education’s requirements. The school celebrated its first ever graduating class in June of 2013 of 40 students.
Mountainside offers the Eslha7an Youth program which is open for First Nations students between the ages of 14 and 19. The program includes traditional academic subjects such as math, English and social sciences but also includes electives. Developed in partnership with the Squamish Nation, students also learn traditional Squamish language and history, as well as participate in traditional crafts, listen to guest speakers and attend local field trips.
Another program at Mountainside is the Key Program designed for youth in grades 8 to 10. The focus of the Key Program is to provide intense individual guidance and support for students to gain vital life skills, responsibilities and self-esteem. The ultimate goal is to successfully integrate students back into the traditional education setting.
Core curriculum courses offered at Mountainside include: Math, English, Social Studies, Science, Heath, Careers, Physical Education, Apprenticeships, Workplace Math, Planning, Communications, and Earth Science. Elective courses include: Digital Media, Art, Woodworking, Art Metal, Fitness, Guitar, Food Studies, Carpentry, Cafeteria Services, Work Experience Programs, Social Justice, History, Instrumental Music, Geography, and Writing.