Station Stretch opened its doors in Richmond in 1975 as an alternative program of Richmond Senior Secondary School. It was first housed in a small building on Westminster Highway with two teachers, one youth worker, and twenty-five students. The school’s purpose was to provide an educational opportunity for those students who were unable to succeed in a regular junior high school setting. After two years on Westminster Highway, Station Stretch underwent an expansion and moved to 5280 Minoru Boulevard. The site at 5280 Minoru Boulevard now houses four distinct and collaborative district programs for Secondary-aged students (13-19) – Station Stretch, Horizons, Outreach and Hospital Homebound, and Street View. The programs’ common purpose is to support the education of students who will benefit from an alternative setting to a traditional neighborhood secondary school in order to meet success.We now have 10 teachers, 4 Adolescent Alternate Program Workers (AAPW's), a Social Worker, an administrative assistant and between 60 and 100 students.
Through the years, the program has worked with students who have been referred from their neighbourhood schools. Station Stretch attempts to offer each of its students a highly personalized education. Besides academic support, we make certain that we get to know the students, their families, their community, and their unique strengths and stretches. Each staff member stives to connect with each of the students with an awareness of their unique profile and offers a positive direction for the future. Students come to realize that each staff member cares and is willing to offer support on a day-to-day basis. The mutual concern between staff and the student has allowed the programs to grow and develop into a respected educational program in the Richmond community.