Surrey learning centres on the move

North Surrey Learning Centre returning to site vacated eight years ago; Cloverdale centre to be relocated by fall.

North Surrey Learning Centre students will be moving locations this fall

Students at North Surrey Learning Centre (NSLC) will attend school at a new location beginning this fall.

The alternative program, for teens in Grades 10 to 12, is currently housed in a leased building in Newton, near 77 Avenue and 137 Street.

The Surrey School District was informed the building’s owner wasn’t renewing the lease and the program would have to move at the end of the school year.

There are about 240 students at the learning centre. In September, they will attend classes at the current site of Surrey College, behind the district head office at 140 Street and 92 Avenue. (The college’s programs have been downsized significantly and most of its programs will move next door to the new Resource Education Centre in the fall).

The move brings the NSLC full-circle, as it was previously located at the 140 Street site, but had to move in 2008 while the school district’s new head office building was under construction.

NSLC isn’t the only centre on the move.

At a public meeting Thursday evening, district Supt. Jordan Tinney said the Cloverdale Learning Centre is also slated for relocation. Now situated in a space on 176 Street near 57 Avenue, the 150 students in that program will move to a nearby district-purchased site (no lease, location to be announced) this September.

There are five learning centres in Surrey, geared to students aged 15-19 who, for a variety of reasons, haven’t found success in the mainstream high school system.

The Guildford centre also relocated last year, moving just steps from its prior locale to 101 Avenue and 152A Street, and the City Centre Learning Centre also moved two years ago from Newton to the Discovery Elementary site at 109 Avenue and 131 Street.

Tinney said the South Surrey/White Rock Learning Centre is also in need of a new, larger space and staff will soon begin the search for a location. It’s currently in a leased spot at 2320 King George Blvd. and has about 150 teens.