About us

Established in 1975

The Ministry of Education under the umbrella of, but administratively separate from, Jericho Hill School for the Deaf, consulted with school district staff, teachers and parents on the educational needs and programming for deaf and hard of hearing students as well as supported professional development for parents and educators.

The Provincial Review Committee for the Hearing Impaired (PERCHI), later known as the Provincial Review Committee for the Deaf (PERCD), and now as the BC Deaf Education Committee (BCDEC), was also established at this time and served as an intake mechanism for deaf children throughout the province, who the school districts felt would be better served at either Jericho Hill School for the Deaf or at one of several regional Provincial programs. (ie. Mountain Secondary, Langley).

Evolution

In 1991 the Burnaby School District took over the administration of Jericho Hill School for the Deaf, subsequently renamed the British Columbia Provincial School for the Deaf (BCSD), and the Provincial Outreach Program.

Elementary students from Jericho Hill moved into South Slope Elementary in 1992; secondary, into Burnaby South Secondary in February 1993. Provincial Outreach was funded by Ministry of Education, under the umbrella of the BCSD administration. 

POPDHH Today

POPDHH has expanded to serve a growing number of children, many with cochlear implants and many using ASL, who live at home and are served by their home school districts, First Nations Programs and Independent Schools.