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West Island College (Montreal)
West Island College (Montreal)
851 Tecumseh, Montreal (DDO), Quebec, H9B 2L2
Contact name:
Mrs. Tatiana Deveau

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West Island College (Montreal)

West Island College (Montreal)

851 Tecumseh, Montreal (DDO), Quebec, H9B 2L2

Grades (Gender):
7 to 11 (Coed)
Main Language:
English & French
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 22
Day: 400 (Gr. 7 - 11)

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Contact Name:
Mrs. Tatiana Deveau

Phone Number:

School Address
851 Tecumseh, Montreal (DDO), Quebec, H9B 2L2

About this school:


WIC is two schools under the same roof: a French school and an English School. Both schools deliver an enriched curriculum with mother-tongue language courses and seamlessly coexist to offer the ultimate bilingual experience for students of all backgrounds. For over 40 years, we have been defining the educational experience through innovative teaching methods delivered in a technology infused environment.

Principal's Message


Michel Lafrance, Headmaster

As West Island College's sixth Headmaster, it is an honor and privilege to be associated with this exceptional school and community. The school, established in 1974, offers a rich tradition of achievement and an enviable reputation as being progressive, innovative, and committed to excellence.

At WIC, we provide a stimulating learning environment that is both nurturing and challenging in all areas. Our excellent academic, sports and cultural offerings afford every individual the opportunity to shape their development as well-balanced, happy and contributing members of the community. Our school combines excellence in teaching, creativity in curriculum, and a highly personal experience in a technology-enriched learning environment.

At WIC, extraordinary opportunities such as international travel, extracurricular activities, arts and athletics are accessible to all students, and within our small school environment, they are able to participate and excel in a variety of fields.

Our students play an important leadership role within our community and graduate ideally equipped for post-secondary education and success as exemplary citizens in our global society.

The heart and soul of WIC is a highly-qualified, committed and passionate faculty and staff that strives to empower all our students to develop to their full potential, and attain the acumen, values, character and self-confidence to flourish as adults. Programs combine the learning traditions and modern best practices. Effort and ethics are as highly valued as intellectual growth, and all teachers are dedicated to instilling in our students the ideals of honesty, empathy, perseverance, and respect. They serve as mentors and trusted advisors for our students with whom they develop meaningful relationships.

I invite you to explore West Island College's website and join us on campus for a visit, in order to fully appreciate the "WIC Experience" and learn more about how we are redefining the high school experience through our Advantage 21 Program.

I look forward to welcoming you to WIC.

Michel Lafrance



Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

If you want to learn more about Quebec education, check out our comprehensive guide.

What school says: MISSION To provide an innovative learning culture in a bilingual environment, in which each student develops the skills necessary to excel in post-secondary education and in life. VISION We are a lead school redefining the educational experience through innovative teaching and learning. The school, established in 1974, offers a rich tradition of achievement and an enviable reputation as being progressive, innovative, and committed to excellence. At WIC, we provide a stimulating learning environment that is both nurturing and challenging in all areas. Our excellent academic, sports and cultural offerings afford every individual the opportunity to shape their development as well-balanced, happy and contributing members of the community. Our school combines excellence in teaching, creativity in curriculum, and a highly personal experience in a technology-enriched learning environment. At WIC, extraordinary opportunities such as international travel, extracurricular activities, arts and athletics are accessible to all students, and within our small school environment, they are able to participate and excel in a variety of fields.

  • Approach:
    Focus Language-based
    Academic French immersion

  • 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 school 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.

    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 school 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 school 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 school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • Spanish

    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 school says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What school says: We teach the Ethics and Religious Culture course as mandated by MESSR at all levels

    Sex and Health Education Quebec curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    This school only begins in Gr. 7.
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Quebec
    Body parts Gr. 7 K
    Nutrition Gr. 7
    Human development Gr. 7
    Puberty Gr. 7 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 7 Gr. 8
    Reproduction Gr. 7 Gr. 2
    Pregnancy Gr. 8 K
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 8 Gr. 11
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 8 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8 Gr. 9
    Consent Gr. 8 Gr. 3
    Sexual orientation Gr. 11 Gr. 7
    Gender identity Gr. 11 Gr. 3
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 11 Gr. 3
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 8 Gr. 9
    Sexual harassment Gr. 8 Gr. 1
    Body image issues Gr. 7 Gr. 6
    Mental illness Gr. 8
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 7 Gr. 6

    What school 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 school says: Integrated and part of the Science and Technology Program as mandated by MESSR

    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 school 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 school says: This information is not currently available.

    Developmental Priorities Balanced

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

    What school says: This information is not currently available.

    Special Needs Support Limited


    school offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support Moderate


    School offers gifted learner support in the form of inclusive practices -- special, custom arrangements made for advanced learners (who otherwise remain in the regular classroom).

    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 school says: This information is not currently available.

    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 11, West Island College (Montreal) students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    school90 mins90 mins90 mins90 mins90 mins
    Site Average54 mins59 mins71 mins82 mins97 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 grades7 to 11
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback7 to 11
    Parent-teacher meetings7 to 11

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency 1/day 1/day
    Location Inside Inside
    Amount 60 60
    Lunch recessAmount 15 15

    What school says: Students enjoy a well balanced and hot lunch in the cafeteria (included in the tuition).Students are also able to stay in or go out after they eat lunch to unwind, enjoy physical activity, or simply spend some down time with friends.


    What school says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Downhill skiing
      Ice Hockey
      Martial Arts
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Education
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    What school says: Please refer to the Admissions section of our website for a full breakdown of fees. http://wicmtl.ca/admissions/fees/

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.

    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Total enrollment 400
    Average enrollment per grade80
    Average class size8 to 22
    Grades (gender)7 to 11 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview7 - 11
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)7 - 11
    Entrance Essay
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What West Island College (Montreal) says:

    Evaluation for English School on Sunday, October 22, 2017

    Students will write the evaluation for the English School on Sunday, October 22, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Students should arrive at the school at 8:00 am. 

    Evaluation for French School on Saturday, October 14, 2017
    Students will write the evaluation for the French School on  Saturday October 14, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Students should arrive at the school at 8:00 am.



    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student West Island College (Montreal) is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type7891011
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Craig Hutchison 1992 Olympic swimmer - freestyle. Competed in Sydney in 2000.
    Joey Saputo 1981 Joey Saputo is the President of the Montreal Impact and Stade Saputo.
    Sasha Roiz 1990 Sasha is a Hollywood actor, best known for his portrayal of Captain Sean Renard in the American dark fantasy television series Grimm.
    Jeff Roop 1990 Hollywood actor

    Stories & Testimonials


    TOP 12 Things to Consider When Choosing the Best Private High School in Montreal For Your Child:

    According to Headmaster, Michel Lafrance, whether you are just beginning to think about high schools for your child or you have been lamenting over the choices for years, there are very critical issues you need to consider when choosing the right school for your child.  

    Does the school you are considering:

    1. Prepare your child for the reality of Quebec by offering mother-tongue calibre courses in English and French?
      WIC offers the ultimate bilingual experience through the choice of 2 distinct programs: A French Immersion curriculum for students who meet the English eligibility requirements OR a French language curriculum for those who prefer or are required to take all of their courses in French. Both programs offer mother-tongue calibre English and French language courses.
    2. Ensure that your child will be engaged in their learning?
      The small class size (average of 21 students per class) helps to optimize learning and ensures a more individualized rapport with teachers. In addition, the progressive teaching strategies and use of digital technology in the classroom help to engage our students’ interest, and provide them with dynamic and interactive learning opportunities
    3. Contribute to your child'€™s development of the life skills necessary for success?
      The wide variety of extra-curricular activities and outdoor education trips are designed to help our students face different challenges than they do in the classroom. These activities enable them to develop their leadership skills, work collaboratively with their peers while facing adversity and enable them to exceed their expectations of themselves.  All our activities are supervised by faculty members and promote our vision of mutual respect and collaboration during the pursuit of excellence. 
    4. Provide a safe and encouraging environment that is conducive to your child'€™s personal growth?
      We are very proud of the College’s “family” atmosphere. The foundation of our core values rests on the premise of mutual respect between students, their families, our faculty and administrators. The school rules and code of conduct help to enforce this respect by outlining acceptable behaviour.  Our full-time Guidance Counsellor works very closely with students and organizes several age-appropriate guest presentations throughout the year to address important issues such as bullying, self esteem issues and team building exercises, to name a few. 
    5. Communicate and share information with you regarding the progress of your child?
      At West Island College, we place a high importance on open communication between parents and the school. You may also follow your child’s progress through our intranet site, see the homework on the teachers'€™ Wikis** and easily find news about other school events in the weekly Au Courant€ news bulletin.   ** A Wiki is a website that allows the collaborative creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages using a simple markup language and a web browser. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki)
    6. Prepare your child for post-secondary education?
      The option courses in secondary V are specifically linked to the different programs of study found at the CEGEP level, for example: physics, chemistry, philosophy, introduction to calculus, sociology, modern world history and a compulsory course in economics and finance.  In addition, courses in secondary IV and V are offered in a semestered timetable, the same structure that is found in CEGEP and university. Feedback from past graduates has shown that this prepares students to organize their time and manage stress, thus enabling a much smoother transition to post-secondary education. 
    7. Consider it important to celebrate your child'€™s success?
      We feel that celebrating our student'€™s successes in the pursuit of excellence is critical. As a result, we have a variety of awards to highlight various accomplishments. Our Honour Rolls and Awards of Merit celebrate not only our students'€™ academic achievements, but also their level of effort and involvement in student life. Recipients of these honours are visibly recognized by the school tie that they wear.
    8. Challenge students' abilities to help them reach their full potential?
      Our school motto is the « The Pursuit of Excellence ». This means that each student is encouraged to develop their unique potential and surpass their expectations of themselves. Our students are taught early on that their success is directly tied to the efforts that they put into their learning.  Our students are evaluated and receive feedback on their level of effort and the development of various competencies. A report card is distributed 4 times annually to the parents.
    9. Implement and encourage the use of technology as a beneficial learning tool?
      Each student and educator at the College is equipped with a laptop computer through our laptop rental program. This tool becomes an important element in their educational journey. Each classroom is equipped with a projector and the school is supported by an extensive and efficient wireless network. This infrastructure allows us to use digital media and various software to create dynamic teaching strategies, as well as educate students on how to assimilate information and get the best out of the digital world.
    10. Foster individual attention and support through a low teacher/student ratio in each class?
      The average class size is 21 students and is often lower in certain secondary V options courses. This ratio helps to facilitate and optimize learning, fosters solid student-teacher relations and enables the use of progressive teaching strategies in the classroom.  In addition, as part of their mandate, each of our teachers has an €œextra help€ schedule during which time they are available to answer questions on course material or help students prepare for exams.
    11. Inspire students to broaden their interest through extracurricular activities and courses such as study methods and philosophy?
      Our students can get involved in more than 43 extra-curricular activities supervised by our faculty members. They can contribute to student life by getting involved in our student council or join our student leaders in the Green & Grey society.Students with an interest in social responsibility can contribute to their local or global community by taking part in our interact club. They can sharpen their intellectual abilities by participating in the debate or science club.The more athletically inclined can develop their team and competitive spirit, motor skills, physical fitness and sense of fair play by taking part in any of our 30+ team sports and clubs.  Finally, they can explore new interests in areas such as philosophy, introduction to calculus, sociology, anthropology, contemporary world history, graphic design, as well as economics and finance.
    12.  Validate the success of the school'€™s program? If so, how?
      On an annual basis, we survey our graduates in order to determine their overall satisfaction with the education received and gather feedback on our different programs. Based on their responses we make adjustments to our programs and course offerings, as needed.  In addition, we analyze various statistics on our graduating classes. We currently have a 100% graduation rate, and we are extremely proud of the fact that 98% of last year’s graduates were accepted to the CEGEP and program of their 1st choice.



    Leaders’ Camp


    West Island College student leaders (House Council, WIC Athletic Association, Grad Committee, Interact Club and Yearbook Committee) returned to school on August 20th, to take part in a Leaders’ Camp  to ensure a smooth transition for new students and to plan a fun-filled year ahead.  The Leaders’ Camp, led by Mr. Glenn Neill (Master Educator at WIC), included team building, leadership training and planning activities.  On Friday, August 24th, the student leaders also helped new students settle in during Orientation Day.  Leaders showed this year’s incoming students where to find everything at the College, how to tie a school tie, how to use their locks and they also helped them get their books for the first day of school on Monday, August 27th.  Not only did they make the new students feel welcome but they set the tone for a positive year ahead. 



    On behalf of Leehi and our group CaUSE I want to extend our sincerest Thank You to the “WIC Family” for supporting our journey.

    Thank you for supporting the Segal Cancer Centre at the Jewish General Hospital.

    Thank you for recognizing that the fight against breast and gynecological cancers continues.

    Your very generous gift will help save lives and will give me encouragement to continue my personal fight against my gynecological cancer. I am presently trying my best to keep up with some physical activity so that I can train for the Walk. It’s not easy, but with the support of friends like you, I know I’ll succeed.

    Leehi, our group CaUSE and myself will be keeping all of our donors in mind, and in our hearts, as we walk The Weekend on
    August 25-26, 2012. Without your generosity, none of this would be possible.

    Vincenza Caldareri (Retired WIC Arts Teacher)


    Theatre Showcase at WIC

    The Secondary III & IV Theatre Classes performed for peers and parents for their Theatre Showcase this past week (June 2012). Mr. Merritt's secondary III class wrote and performed Transylvania Nights. After winning a radio contest for a dream getaway, four friends travel to Transylvania. Upon their arrival they are greeted by the proprietor of their hotel, Dr Winkle, and his creepy servant, Klaus. As the four guests get acquainted with their surroundings they begin to realize that things are not quite right in Dr. Winkle's castle. Through a series of twists and turns the four guests must try to escape Dr. Winkle's evil clutches with their sanity and their lives. Transylvania Nights Directed By: Mr. Merritt Miss V.'s secondary IV class performed Henry for classmates and parents. The creation of Henry was a class project, and students were involved in all aspects of the production. The play was written and edited by students, and they worked collaboratively to direct it. We certainly learned a lot from the experience and we had a lot of fun in the process!


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