Learning Support Services (LSS)

Updated August 2023

For service or program inquiries, please contact Jay Claudio, Department Head, at jerome.claudio@burnabyschools.ca

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Our Programs

Services for All Students

These programs are available to all students as the need arises.


The learning support room at Burnaby North, room 218, is located in the north building and is known as Connect.  Students will find classroom teachers and education assistants who are able to support them in English, Math, Science and Social Studies courses. The goal of Connect is to help ensure all learners at Burnaby North can find success.

Connect After-Hours (“Success Program”)

Connect support continues after school from 3:15 to 4:00 four days each week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Fridays (LSS staff are unavailable on Thursdays for other meetings).

Also known as the Success program, Connect After-Hours is staffed with teachers from the LSS department and a number of Peer Tutors.  Students who elect to attend can receive support with completing homework and assignments or preparing for tests.   Teachers may also assign students to attend Success to catch up on missed work, assignments, or to write make-up assessments.

Enrollment Programs–Pre-registration required during Course Selection or School Registration

The LSS department manages a wide variety of programs for students who would benefit from services to support their pursuit of their learning objectives and curricular goals.

Access Program

Access provides support for very exceptional students. The program provides a wide range of supports throughout a student’s high school years. Individualized programs are designed in consultation with teachers, parents/guardians, educational assistants and outside agencies. The program includes integrated classes, work experiences, functional academics, and community-based life skills opportunities.

English Language Learner (ELL) Program

All students in the ELL Program are assessed to determine their English levels upon entrance to the program and on an annual basis. Each student’s program is tailored to develop the English skills necessary for academic success.

Students who display their English skills at a Developing level will be enrolled in:

      • ELL1: Developing English Strategies*
      • ELL1: Developing English Strategies for Socials
      • ELL1: Developing English Strategies for Science
      • ELL1: Developing English Strategies for Careers

Students who display their English skills at an Expanding level will be enrolled in:

      • ELL2: Expanding English Strategies*
      • ELL2: Expanding English Strategies for Socials
      • ELL2: Expanding English Strategies for Science

*NOTE: If students are able to successfully achieve English skills within the next level, elective credits will be provided at the end of the year for those in grades 10 -12 within Developing or Expanding English Strategies.

Peer Tutoring

Burnaby North Secondary provides a credited course to train interested grade eleven and twelve students in becoming peer tutors.

Peer tutors work in classes throughout the school. Prospective peer tutors will undergo an application and screening process prior to being selected as a peer tutor.

Pre-Employment Program

The aim of this program is to provide students with the broadest range of skills, experiences and knowledge to become as “work-ready” as possible.

After finishing their grade 12 year, students receive a school-leaving certificate (Evergreen).

The program curriculum encompasses modified academic studies in English, Social Studies, Math and Science, a Functional Living Skills program, career and personal planning. Senior students complete out-of-school work experiences with local businesses and service providers. Students also operate in-school businesses and participate in some adapted academic courses and electives.