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Are You at Your Wits End About Schooling for Your Teen?

Have you tried all you can to get your teen to fit into mainstream or other alternative school systems only to have them continue to fail?

If you have reached this page, you are likely feeling frustrated and very worried about your adolescent.

You can likely relate to several of the following:

Is your teen :

  • Skipping school
  • Struggling with motivation
  • Frequently late for school
  • Finding school work too difficult --or too easy
  • Not getting along with teachers
  • Not completing schoolwork
  • Failing grades
  • Avoiding responsibility
  • Being asked to leave school because of negative behaviors (e.g. aggression, not conforming to rules, alcohol or drug abuse)

As a parent do you wish that:

  • You knew what to do next.
  • The school system could offer more support for you as a parent.
  • The school system could hold your teen more accountable to get his or her work done
  • A school program could work more closely with your teen on the academics.
  • Your teen could grow, learn to accept responsibility, and mature through experiences at school.
  • Your teen could get professional counselling at school.
  • Your teen could get a good balance between academic studies and activity based learning in school.
  • Your teen would learn responsibility through natural consequences and rewards.

If the above interests you, do keep reading…

The Take-A-Hike (TAH) High School Program for Grades 10 –12 is a unique alternative program that offers a structured and creative learning environment for teens who are having trouble in other schools.

When a teen enters the Take-A-Hike Program they get:

  • A professional staff that gets to know your son or daughter on an individual and personal basis
  • Accountability for attendance, school work, and behaviour
  • An opportunity to finish high school and go onto college, trade, or technical school
  • On going individual and family therapy as part of the program
  • Hands on learning through actual experience not just from books
  • Multi-day camping trips where teens are challenged for growth, maturity, health, and leadership

As a Parent of a Take-A-Hike student you will:

  • Get professional support from TAH school staff that work with you as a parent
  • Be included in the planning process to facilitate your son or daughter’s growth
  • Have an invitation to be part of a parenting group
  • See that your son or daughter is getting individual counselling
  • Get therapeutic support for yourself as a parent
  • Receive on going communication about your teen’s progress

Students of Our Program

TAH takes a holistic approach to learning. It’s not just academics or physical activity. We incorporate important life skills such as:

Positive Outlook, Attitude, Self-Image, Health, Counselling, Organizational Skills, Leadership, and Confidence, just to name a few.

Here are some of what our students have being saying about the program

  • The only reason why I started coming on time was because of the consequences and accountability. There was no escape for me.”
  • “I never thought I could do camping trips. Now I’m ready to sit down and prove I can do academics, be somewhere on time, and do the work.”
  • I learned more about myself in one year [ at TAH ] than I have learned ever before.”
  • One year at TAH made me actually realize I could do more than I ever could.”
  • I’m proud of myself that I came for this year at TAH. I’m ready to challenge myself more in school because I know I can and I really want to. TAH taught me about good routine.”
  • I’ve become more confidence in myself through everything TAH offers in the outdoors, academic, and therapy

KC (Mother of Former TAH Student)

Quote written by a mother of a former student who graduated:

It is so weird how people can change. I can't begin to tell you how much you have helped in this process.

Tell everyone at school that I say THANK YOU. I don't think we would be where we are without you.

3 Learning Tracks At One School

The Take-A-Hike Program offers three tracks for students to achieve their school goals.

  • There is the regular school academic track that students can finish with the basics for a regular Dog-Wood Certificate just like any mainstream High School Program.
  • There is the School Leaving Certificate which allows students to graduate and then later they can take courses to upgrade if they want to go onto to college.
  • Take-A-Hike program has also associated itself with Vancouver Community College for students who are interested in learning a trade and getting a job after graduation.

The Take-A-Hike Program started in September of 2000. It just celebrated its 10th year anniversary with former graduating students attending local colleges such as Vancouver Community College, Langara, and Capilaano. We also have former students attending UBC, SFU, and BCIT.

TAH has been working with teens and families with a wide variety of issues such as:

  • Adolescent Counselling
  • Anger Management Issues
  • Family Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Parenting Issues
  • Personal Growth
  • School/Work Adjustment
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Teen Adjustment Issues

For more information or parent consultation call Klaus Klein, who has been working as the Registered Clinical Counsellor for the Take-A-Hike program since 2000, You may call his confidential cell phone at 604-786-0709 or
e-mail at

Give us a call for further information or to set up an interview.

His office phone at the school is 604-713-8938 Ext. 7450
You may also call the classroom at 604-713-8245 for grades 11 and 12.
Or 604-713-8255 for the grade 10 class.

The Take-A-Hike Program is located at John Oliver Secondary School at 41st and Fraser in Vancouver.

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