About POWER Alternate Secondary School

New Westminster Schools is home to the POWER Alternate Secondary School, an innovative and unique learning opportunity for high school students. POWER Alternate Secondary School offers students high school graduation with the Dogwood Diploma and incorporates academic opportunities and individualized support and instruction, as well as recreational and artistic experiences.

In addition, POWER Alternate Secondary School offers a variety of structured and self-paced courses, each following the prescribed BC Ministry of Education curriculum. Each term, a different combination of grade ten, eleven and twelve courses is offered. Students take all of the required courses for their high school diploma. The school’s educators are certified by the BC College of Teachers.

POWER Alternate Secondary School offers…

  • High School Graduation in a smaller supportive environment with flexible individualized schedules and timetables
  • Three terms per year, each with a different set of structured courses. Equal semesters offer students a chance to focus on fewer courses each term, while still completing numerous courses in a school year
  • A sense of community through the sharing of breakfasts, lunches and celebration meals, as well as through various fun activities, events, field trip and outings
  • Regular meetings between student and teacher that fosters an understanding for individual circumstances and monitors attendance and progress
  • Personal counselling, as well as connections to external resources
  • Recognition Day – a celebration in June for all students who have completed courses and special recognition for graduates

At POWER Alternate Secondary School, education isn’t done to you, but done with you!


200 -1065 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC  V3M 6H7

Columbia Square Plaza – across from Boston Pizza and just two blocks west of the New Westminster Skytrain Station


General Information & Front Office Phone: 604-517-6141
To Report Absence or Illness, call or text: 604-219-2892 or use the form provided on this page: https://newwestschools.ca/our-schools/alternate-programs-in-new-westminster/rcap/absence-report-power-rcap/

Staff Name Position Phone  E-Mail
Jim Russell Department Head, Learning Support Teacher jrussell@sd40.bc.ca
Tim Dang Teacher (Art, Social Studies, PE) tdang@sd40.bc.ca
Deborah Goertz Teacher (Science) dgoertz@sd40.bc.ca 
Hailey Kwan Yee Lor Teacher (English) hlor@sd40.bc.ca 
Lloyd Greene Youth Care Worker 604-219-2892 lgreene@sd40.bc.ca
Lee Laufer Indigenous Support Worker llaufer@sd40.bc.ca
Judy Lizna School Secretary 604-517-6141 jlizna@sd40.bc.ca
Pam Craven District Principal,
Alternate and Online Programs

Visit the links below for more:
Click here to view Street Map
Calendar and Schedule
Information for Graduates
Power Registration Information