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Académie Westboro Academy

200 Brewer Way, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5R2

Grades (Gender):
JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
$13,410 to 14,333/year
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 165 (Gr. JK - 8)

School Address
200 Brewer Way, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5R2

About this school:


Académie Westboro Academy is an exceptional bilingual school for students in JK to Grade 8. Through 21st Century models of learning and access to superior facilities, we offer an enriched foundation and preparation for high school. Our unique program, outstanding faculty, community engagement, and opportunities for leadership set us apart. We form a strong community with a familial atmosphere, where all classes have specialist teachers, the use of mobile technology and the bilingual advantage! — Visit school website



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Our Take: Académie Westboro Academy

our takeWestboro was established in 1993 by a group of parents who wanted a quality bilingual elementary education for their children. It began with a single Grade 1 class comprised of just 7 students. Needless to say, the school has grown, though—as at the beginning—growth has been an expression of need within the community. Further, the sense of community within the school is rightly encouraged and prized. The focus remains centred on providing an authentic, effective bilingual program within a setting that addresses academic and social development. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging, active educational environment. As such, at Westboro those who enroll will join a student body of true peers, one in which social currency is gained through achievement in all levels of student life. For many, that experience alone can be transformational.

Principal's Message


Sheila Robitaille, Head of School

At Westboro Academy, we expect a lot from our boys and girls. Our mission at Westboro Academy is to provide a truly bilingual and exceptional education, in a community-focused and nurturing environment. We cultivate independence, critical-thinking and character, in preparation for life-long learning. We strive to ensure that each student reaches their full potential and acquires a strong foundation not only for their academic future, but also for their future as global citizens. We provide half of every day in each of Canada’s official languages. Every day, the children rise to meet our expectations and surpass what they may have even thought attainable. Westboro Academy is a small school, and we adhere strongly to our motto of Excellence, Integrity and Respect while fostering values of good citizenship, responsibility, and determination. Our students love to come to school, because it is a place where they know they belong and where they can be themselves. Our small size allows us to get to know all the children as individuals and to give them the attention and understanding they need. There are no cracks to fall through here, and we pride ourselves on our familial environment. We also have small classes, with only one class per grade. With an average of 16 students per class, our students have more opportunities and are given more attention. This is an environment of inclusivity, from the classroom all the way to the soccer field. Our high level of student achievement speaks for itself, but we are also proud of what our students are able to achieve in the context of a complete education, beyond the academics. Our children are artists and athletes, debaters and thinkers. They are friends and compassionate listeners. Westboro students are writers, creators and problem solvers. They are determined and fun-loving. They excel at being the best they can be. Our dedicated and dynamic teachers work hard at every level, from the earliest years in Junior Kindergarten all the way to graduation in grade 8, to ensure that Westboro Academy students meet their full potential. They provide an environment for every child where real learning can happen, on many different levels. Our teachers have a passion for education and for working with children. With our wealth of experience, your children receive a superior quality education. We look forward to being your partner in education.




Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Westboro Academy says: As a truly bilingual school, our students learn in an environment that shares curriculum from both Ontario and Quebec. Our French program follows the first language curriculum from Quebec, while our English classes follow the Ontario curriculum. Junior and Senior Kindergarten are full day programs taught in French only, while grades 1-8 are taught as half days in each official language.

  • Approach:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Westboro Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.

    Early Reading Phonics-intensive

      Systematic-phonics programs teach young children to read by helping them to recognize and sound out the letters and syllables of words. Students are then led to blend these sounds together to sound out and recognize the whole word. While other reading programs might touch on phonetics (either incidentally or on a “when needed” basis), systematic phonics teaches phonics in a specific sequence, and uses extensive repetition and direct instruction to help readers associate specific letter patterns with their associated sounds.
      Learn about the different early reading approaches  

    • What Westboro Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Westboro Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What Westboro Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Science Inquiry

      Inquiry-based science emphasizes teaching science as a way of thinking or practice, and therefore tries to get students “doing” science as much as possible -- and not just “learning” it. Students still learn foundational scientific ideas and content (and build on this knowledge progressively); however, relative to expository science instruction, inquiry-based programs have students spend more time developing and executing their own experiments (empirical and theoretical). Students are frequently challenged to develop critical and scientific-thinking skills by developing their own well-reasoned hypothesis and finding ways to test those hypotheses. Projects and experiments are emphasized over textbook learning. Skills are emphasized over breadth of knowledge.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Westboro Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies Expanding Communities

      The Expanding Communities approach organizes the curriculum around students’ present, everyday experience. In the younger grades, students might learn about themselves, for example. As they move through the grades, the focus gradually broadens in scope: to the family, neighbourhood, city, province, country, and globe. The curriculum tends to have less focus on history than Core Knowledge programs.
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Westboro Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Westboro Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Westboro Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French

    Fine Arts Equal Balance

      These programs have an equal emphasis on receptive and creative learning.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Westboro Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Westboro Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Westboro Academy says: Through the Physical Education program, Westboro Academy aims to foster and develop a life-long love of sport and healthy and active living. We have a strong inclusionary approach to athletics where all students participate equally, regardless of skill or experience. We do not have try-outs for teams. Students are encouraged to participate to their full capacity and to develop skills. Westboro Academy experiences great success in inter-school althletics and remains highly competitive within the league, within the context of a non-competitively focussed approach.

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What Westboro Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What Westboro Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Preschool/K Curriculum Academic

    • Play-based
    • Montessori
    • Waldorf
    • Reggio Emilia
    • Academic

    Academic-based preschools and Kindergartens are the most structured of the different types, and have a strong emphasis on math and reading readiness skills. These programs aim to expose children to what early-elementary school is like. While time is still allotted to free play, much of the day is built around explicit lessons guided by the teacher. Classrooms often resemble play-based ones (with different stations set up around the room), but at an Academic program the teacher leads students through the stations directly, and ties these activities to a whole-class lesson or theme.

    If you want to learn more about preschool education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also read our in-depth answers to important preschool questions: What is preschool? What are the main preschool programs? What are the main pros and cons of preschool? What do children learn in preschool? How much does preschool cost?  What makes for a great preschool?

    What Westboro Academy says: At Westboro, we know that kindergarten is a special time for children. It marks an important milestone in the growth and development of the child. We make it a priority to provide an environment for our youngest students that is warm and nurturing, stimulating and engaging, and one where they can grow to meet their full potential. Both of the Kindergarten programs are taught exclusively in French, although no prior experience with the French language is necessary. Many of the students come from unilingual homes and the youngsters quickly acquire the new language skills they need to succeed.

    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Westboro Academy says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Westboro Academy says: Westboro Academy finds the ideal balance of a rigorous academic culture within a supportive environment, as is written right into our mission statement. Indeed, we believe that it is within a supportive environment that academic rigour can thrive and grow. Academic growth and achievement are key priorities for our school, and our reputation for academic excellence is strongly embedded.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What Westboro Academy says: Our mission at Westboro Academy is to provide a truly bilingual and exceptional education, in a community-focused and nurturing environment. We cultivate independence, critical-thinking and character, in preparation for life-long learning.

    Special Needs Support Resource Assistance

    Resource Assistance

    Students remain in a regular classroom for the whole day, and periodically receive break-out support (individually or in small groups) within the classroom from a qualified special education teacher.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • What Westboro Academy says: Westboro Academy is a wonderful learning environment for children and students of various abilities and with a variety of learning styles. The program is rigorous and challenging, yet support and accommodations are regularly made available for those that need it.

    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Learning disabilities
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Williams syndrome
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Clinical anxiety
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Multiple sclerosis
      Cerebral palsy
      Muscular dystrophy
      Spina Bifida
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support In-class adaptations

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: Enrichment (The main focus is on enrichment. This means that while students may work at a marginally quicker pace than public school peers, the primary aim is to study subject in broader and deeper ways.)

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What Westboro Academy says: Westboro Academy is home to many gifted learners. Our small classes and emphasis on differentiated instruction mean that students can each be challenged at their own level.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 8, Académie Westboro Academy students perform an average of 1 hour of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Westboro Academy 0 mins0 mins15 mins30 mins30 mins30 mins45 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins
    Site Average5 mins7 mins16 mins18 mins24 mins29 mins34 mins40 mins53 mins57 mins

    This school frequently "flips the classroom": asks students to learn material at home and do the "homework" in-class (with teacher support).

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered gradesJK to 8
    Prose (narrative)-based feedbackJK to 8
    Habits and behaviour reportingJK to 8

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    What Westboro Academy says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Ice Hockey
      Martial Arts
      Track & Field
      Downhill skiing
      Figure Skating
      Ice Skating
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid




    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)Day10%
    3rd child (sibling)Day15%

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 165
    Average enrollment per grade15
    Average class size17
    Gender (grades)JK to Gr. 8 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment14161818181818181416



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    November 18, 2016

    What Westboro Academy says:

    Completed Application Form http://www.westboroacademy.com/apply/ Copy of Birth Certificate Copy of immunization Records Application Fee of $100 Report Cards (two previous years, if applicable)


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Académie Westboro Academy is looking for: Westboro Academy seeks to admit students who are eager to learn and who can handle a challenging bilingual academic environment. Students who embody the school pillars of excellence, integrity and respect are a strong fit for the school.

    Student Entry Points

    Student TypeJKSK12345678
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    14 (50%)4 - 5 (80%)0 - 2 (50%)0 - 2 (50%)0 - 2 (50%)0 - 2 (50%)0 - 2 (50%)0 - 2 (50%)2 - 6 (50%)0 - 6 (50%)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Science / Music & Dance / Art / Physical Education

    SCIENCE: Our science program is taught in English by a certified Science Teacher Specialist. The Program begins in grade one, as the kindergarten students integrate the sciences with their other curriculum content, and do so in French. The approach to the program is highly academic, but with an emphasis on exploration, experiments and hands-on learning experiences. The classes are dynamic in nature and highly engaging. MUSIC & DANCE We are very proud of our music program and the enthusiasm that it instils in our students. Westboro Academy's popular music program is taught by a certified Music Specialist teacher. It is part of the program for all students from Junior Kindergarten through grade 8. Our Music Program has many aspects including: formal music classes for all grades, optional dance classes and optional choir and instrumental music for grades 6-8 including flutes, clarinets, alto saxophones, and tenor saxophones. ART Westboro Academy prides itself on making art meaningful, enjoyable and accessible to all students. We offer a hands on learning process that nurtures creativity and self-expression. Our visual arts program is designed to inspire critical thinking, creative problem solving skills, as well as using art to enhance learning in other disciplines. PHYSICAL EDUCATION All students at Westboro Academy participate in the Physical Education Program. Depending on the grade level, the program occurs from 2-4 times per week, in 30, 45 or 60 minute sessions averaging 120 minutes of instruction per week per class. Our program is taught by a Certified Physical Education Teacher Specialist. The focus of the program is on participation through the development of knowledge and motor skills, social skills, and participation in activities. Our facilities include the fields, rink and swimming pool of Brewer Park, as well as the use of the Norm Fenn Gymnasium at Carleton University. We also have a gymnasium space in the school that our youngest students use for Physical Education. ...

    Program Facilities

    Westboro Academy is ideally located in Brewer Park, near Carleton University in Ottawa. Our school has access to all the facilities of Brewer Park in our front yard for our constant use. These facilities include an indoor swimming pool, baseball diamond, soccer fields, arena, outdoor skating rinks, a skating oval, a water-park, walking paths and extensive outdoor play equipment. Starting in grade 3 and continuing through until grade 8, our students take advantage of the Norm Fenn Gymnasium at Carleton University for Physical Education classes. This double gymnasium features two cross-courts and one full-sized 94' x 50' court. The gymnasium is available for basketball, volleyball, indoor field hockey, badminton and many other indoor sports and activities. Our school itself features a double fenced yard, with open field space for games and sports, play structures and a large sandbox. We also have private onsite parking for parents. ...

    Bilingual Education

    Westboro Academy offers students a truly bilingual education. Our unique daily structure ensures that students in Grades 1-8 receive half of their instruction each day in each of Canada's two official languages. Equal time is given to each language and students thrive in the bilingual environment. Our Kindergarten students attend each day completely in French. This allows them the time and exposure needed to acquire the French skills to succeed in the upper years. The English portion of the day includes English Language Arts, Mathematics and Moral Education. The curriculum we use follows the Ontario Ministry of Education expectations and we use this as the baseline from which we enrich our program. The French portion of the day follows the Ministry of Quebec's program for Français langue maternelle (French First Language), and the Ontario curriculum for études sociales (Social Studies). We use the provincial expectations as our minimum standard. Many of our courses are taught by specialist teachers and may be in English or French. These specialist courses include Science, Music, Art and Physical Education. ...

    A Sense of Community

    Westboro Academy is a small and familial community. With only 150 students, and only one class per grade, we are a very close and tightly knit group. The older and younger children play together. Everybody is known to one another. All the staff know all the children by name, and every child is an individual. Our small class sizes also create an environment where relationships are close and people grow to understand each other in meaningful ways. Many parents are very involved in school life. There are opportunities to be on the Board of Directors, to be Principal's Committees members, or to make yourself available for other volunteer activities such as skating parties, The Holiday Show, the Terry Fox run, August BBQ, concerts, and many more. For those that are interested, there are many ways to get involved in school life. We rely on parental involvement as a critical part of our operations, but also as part of our community building. Our strong community sets us apart from other schools. Our teachers and administrators are easily accessible, and every family becomes well known to them. People who come to Westboro Academy come here because our size allows us to build relationships. There is a strong sense of belonging, and having a community means that Westboro students learn in a caring, supportive, and nurturing family. ...

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    April 21, 2016 - Westboro Academy Science Sweeps the Regional Science Fair

    In a phenomenal sweep of excellence, our students won prizes in 3rd place, 2nd place and two winners in first place. ...


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