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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1993

     

    1905


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    675


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    K to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
     
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Liberal Arts

     

    Traditional, International Baccalaureate


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Standard-enriched
    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.
     
    Standard-enriched
    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.

     

    Academic culture

     
    Rigorous
    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”.
     
    Rigorous
    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”.

     

    Avg. Class Size

     

    10 to 12

     

    18


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    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.
     
    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.

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $10,300 to $18,350

     

    $16,548 to $24,028


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    5%

     

    11%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    3 to 12

     

    K to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $10,000

     

    $5,700

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    52


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    75%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Feb 10, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

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    Our Take

    Our Take

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Delta West was established in 1993 in order to provide families with something different, something new, within Calgary’s educational landscape. First located downtown, the school moved to its current location in 1998 in order to build programming and to accommodate a growing student body. Typically, when schools talk about bringing something new to the table, they often are thinking of all the things that fall under the umbrella of 21st century literacies: facility with technology, collaborative learning, student-driven inquiry, a focus on rhetoric and logic over rote learning. Delta West addresses all those things, though the focus, too, has been to consider the physical aspects of learning—the value of active learning, both within athletic and classroom settings. The classroom furniture is an indication of how the school approaches the learner in that regard; students can choose, for example, movement chairs, standing desks, or more traditional furniture. For many students, that’s a big deal. Movement, even very subtle movement, can help stimulate engagement and keep students on task. Again, that’s just one aspect of the school, but it’s an instructive one; Delta West has a history of working with students to increase engagement with the curriculum and with peers, and therein lies the school’s success. The ideal student is one looking for something different, and who will thrive in a very interactive, diverse, and stimulating environment.  

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir became a school, in that name, in 1971, though it’s history stretches back more than a century. It is essentially an amalgamation of three schools that excelled in different ways: St. Hilda’s School for Girls, Strathcona School for Boys, and Tweedsmuir, a girls’ school. The current school motto, Nil Nisi Optimum, “nothing but the best,” was originally used by Tweedsmuir, as was the black watch uniforms—in that and other traditions that remain in place reflect the founding schools long, shared histories.
     
    The amalgamation came at a time of economic growth due to a boom in oil and gas exploration in the region. Each school was outgrowing its footprint, and so looked to combining forces. The world, too, was changing, and the move to a co-ed academic atmosphere was equally emblematic of the time. The newly minted Strathcona-Tweedsmuir also moved to a sizable parcel of land, where the school remains today.
     
    In time, the school would continue to grow its curricular offerings, including advance placement courses, adoption of Round Square, and the growth of the International Baccalaureate program. STS was also an early adopter of digital technologies in the classroom. Those things are an expression of perhaps the most important tradition that STS expresses, namely that of looking ahead, being flexible, and working to adapt the program to student need. The ideal student is one who will thrive in large, vibrant, and challenging academic environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Highlights

    Highlights

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    information not available

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    • Founded in 1905
    • Spectacular country setting
    • Alberta Education Curriculum (Kindergarten-12)
    • Superior outdoor education program
    • Excellent university placement
    • Professional, caring staff
    • International Baccalaureate School
    • Round Square School
    • Member of CAIS and NAIS

    Description

    Description

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    At Delta West Academy, we instill an "I can do that" attitude, called self-efficacy, in our students so they are inspired to be life-long achievers. They thrive in programs that are highly interactive yet academically rigorous, ultimately rewarding exploration & commitment. They are challenged in a dynamic journey of academic excellence, social intelligence and global citizenship. The result? A 100% transition of DWA graduates to university & colleges of their choice. Launch your child's inspired journey at DWA.

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    STS is a Kindergarten to Grade 12, World IB School. Students flourish through well-balanced programming and enriched learning on our 220-acre campus minutes from Calgary, guided by talented and caring teachers. STS students become global citizens, embracing social responsibility while striving for success in all that they do. In addition to vigorous academic curriculum, students experience a wide variety of co-curricular activities and benefit from a supportive community, rooted in our school's 115-year history.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Message

    There is only one Delta West Academy.   Why should you care about that?  For the same reason that you care about your child’s school experience…your child is unique and so is what DWA offers.

    We instill an “I can do that” attitude in all of our students.  Dr. Alberta Bandura calls it “self-efficacy: a person’s belief in his or her ability to succeed in a particular situation”.  Students develop this belief when they experience success over and over again in all areas…academically and socially, at school and globally, in their sports teams, debate teams and volunteer teams. It is a belief nurtured, modelled and put into practice by our staff when they seek out interesting science projects like building thermometers, introduce a Grade 4 class to SCUBA diving, have a high school Biology class watch a live knee operation via video link, or spend time after school helping a student refine their test preparation strategies.

    At DWA, it means students recognizing that every challenge has an approach angle and once it’s figured out, it is not really a challenge anymore, just another opportunity to succeed. It means developing strong problem solving skills whether that is tackling an algebra problem or a spat with a friend.  It means bouncing back from failure secure in the knowledge that mistakes are a means of advancing learning whether that is a better story, a truly resonant stage performance or more soccer practice. It means school experiences as unique as your child. 

    Visit Delta West Academy and imagine your child on an inspired journey.

    As Head of School, I am enthusiastic about creating meaningful opportunities and dwelling in possibility. Saying Yes to Your Best is a commitment that STS students, teachers, parents, alumni and staff illustrate each and every day. Rooted in our School's motto, Nil Nisi Optimum, or nothing but our best, this commitment to becoming your best self develops a genuine empathy and care for others, combined with an insatiable curiosity, and the courage to say yes to new adventures, discovery, possibility, belonging and future-preparedness. This is what sets STS apart. 

    Great schools exist with a strong, vibrant community, and a shared priority for the well-being and educational success of our students and alumni. We are proud to welcome exceptional students from across the globe, with a wide array of backgrounds, interests, and talents. I fervently believe in the importance of creating impactful and personalized learning opportunities, both in the classroom and through a diverse co-curricular program, and I can assure you that our dedicated teachers and staff are focused on ensuring your children have access to all they need to succeed and flourish. 

    I can think of no higher priority than the future of our children, and my vision is that as a team at STS, we contribute to moving them forward in their journey towards their hopes, dreams, and goals. We will do so in a respectful manner, honouring the individuality and diversity of our community. As we prepare to deliver on a new strategic plan and inspire commitment, trust, and belief in our collective abilities to change the world for the better, I say to you, the future is bright. 

    The STS spirit and ethos are infectious and inspiring. We have a history of innovation, tradition and extensive collaboration with the community, and we will continue to build on our humble roots, be unapologetic in our pursuit of academic excellence, and continue to offer a myriad of experiences to nurture the spirit and passion of our students. As the educational landscape is rapidly changing, it is imperative that we stay current, protect our core and ensure our young charges are cared for, ready for the challenges and opportunities that today presents as well as an exciting future. 

    I have never been more optimistic about our ability to deliver a rigorous and relevant educational experience for current and prospective students, and I give you my word that I will continue to work tirelessly to provide the best environment for your children. 

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      International Baccalaureate


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts curricula share with traditional programs their emphasis on core knowledge-acquisition, but tend to borrow more best practices from the progressive approach. A Liberal Arts program might still feature group work and projects, for example, contrary to the more singular emphasis on tests and essays at a Traditional program.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Traditional curricula tend to be very content-based and rooted in the core disciplines. It is a structured approach that involves the teacher delivering a unified curriculum through direct instruction. Students usually learn by observing and listening to their teacher, studying facts and concepts in textbooks, and completing both tests and written assignments - which challenge students to not only demonstrate their mastery of content but their ability to analyze and deconstruct it critically. Class discussions are also used to create critical dialogue around the content of the curriculum.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Some private schools offer International Baccalaureate (IB) programming. The "Diploma Programme" is offered to students in the final two years of high school, while the "Primary Years Programme" (ages 3 to 12) and "Middle Years Programme" (ages 11 to 16) serve as preparation for the diploma program.


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      At Delta West Academy, students are provided with a well-rounded and enriching educational experience. Teachers create a learning environment that is exploratory with many active learning experiences and numerous field trips through all of the grades including high school. Students are in small classes to promote discussion, questioning and collaborative group work. Critical to their interactions with students, teachers encourage a growth mind set - an \"I can do that\" attitude and behaviours that reinforce persistence, critical thinking and problem solving for the achievement of academic excellence. The curriculum is based on the Alberta Program of Studies though enriched with second languages (French or Spanish), fine and performance arts, and physical education as mandatory components of the program from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      At Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, students thrive in a culture of academic excellence. Students are empowered in their learning and strive to exceed their own expectations for achievement. STS supplements the standard Alberta Education curriculum with the International Baccalaureate Programme beginning in the Elementary with the IB Primary Years Programme, moving to Middle School with the IB Middle Years Programme and ending with the IB Diploma Programme in Senior School. Excellence in teaching and learning is fostered through critical thinking and inquiry. Throughout our students' years at STS, we focus on new and effective practices, incorporating current research and literature into all of our courses. We educate our students in an environment that combines state of the art technologies, outdoor experiential education with opportunities to develop the individual as a whole.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Early Reading

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Balanced Literacy


        Our take: early reading approach type

        Our take: early reading approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Balanced reading programs are typically Whole Language programs with supplementary phonics training. This training might be incidental, or it might take the form of mini-lessons.


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Elementary students work closely with their homeroom teachers and our Early Literacy Instructor to assess, build, and challenge reading skills. Students use multiple learning tools and approaches to build reading fluency including high-frequency site words, phonics, one-on-one reading with teachers and peers and iPads among others.


        DIBELS testing

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        DIBELS Testing: This school periodically uses DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

      • Writing

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal balance


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        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.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Ancient lit
        English lit
        World (non-Western) lit
        European (continental) lit
        American lit
        Canadian lit

      • Social Studies

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Expanding Communities


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        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.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Pragmatism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes making learning relevant to students’ present-day experience. Assignments tend to centre around projects and tasks rather than argumentative essays; these projects will often have a “real-world” application or relevance. There might be more of a social justice component to a pragmatic program, though that isn’t always the case. Subjects like history and philosophy are still covered/offered, but they play a less prominent role in the overall program than in the case of perennialism. The social sciences (contemporary geography, sociology, psychology, etc), meanwhile, might play a more prominent role in pragmatic programs. The key goals are to make learning progressive and relevant, while teaching students real-life skills and critical thinking.


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        The communicative method of language acquisition emphasizes the use of the target language in authentic contexts. The approach commonly features interactive group work, games, authentic texts, and opportunities to learn about the cultural background of the language. Drills and quizzes may still be used, but less frequently than with the audio-lingual method.


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Hebrew
        ESL
        Spanish
        Russian
        Latin
        Japanese
        Italian
        Greek
        German
        French
        Chinese-Mandarin
        Chinese-Cantonese


        Learning a foreign language is required until

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Creative


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        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.


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Digital literacy at DWA is a core competency skill which is supported by a fully wireless environment and digital devices in all of the classrooms. The use of devices is increasingly personalized as the students progress through the grades. In Kindergarten to Grade 2, students use iPads primarily for independent skills practice at given times. By Grade 3, students are assigned a personal laptop which is now also used for research, presentations and writing as the students progress through the next grades. From Grades 6 to 9, students are able to take the laptops home. In high school, students choose their own devices and use them in an independent and responsible manner to advance their own learning needs. Ultimately, technological devices such as laptops, are viewed as tools that enable students to acquire and practice core learning skills.

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Technology is woven into the curriculum from Grade 1 on. Our 1-to-1 laptop program begins in Grade 6 with school provided laptops. Grades 10-12 students use laptops and/or tablets of their choice. Students in Grades 7-9 are required to take courses in design which includes engineering, architecture, digital media, and robotics.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        DWA's philosophy about PE is grounded in the belief that all students require physical activity and the opportunity to participate in sports regardless of their ability and skill level. Sportsmanship, individual skill development and exposure to a wide variety of sports characterize DWA's athletics program. PE is important enough to have extended hours for all grades and is a required course from Kindergarten to Grade 12. Many of the sports modules are conducted off campus at recognized sports facilities such as the Canada Olypmic Park, Repsol Sports Centre, University of Calgary, etc. At these venues, certified instructors along with our PE teachers challenge the children to explore their physical personality with diverse activities that stretch their physical and mental boundaries reaching for new levels of fitness and skill. Sports Performance is a Boutique Option for Grade 4 - 9 focusing on mental and well as physical training..

        STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

        The Athletics Program at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is consistent with our mission. Character and leadership are the cornerstones of our program and we look for ways to enhance them at every opportunity. Character is developed through successes and failures in team and individual sports including basketball, badminton, volleyball, field hockey, rugby, cross country running and track and field. It is through these athletic endeavours that students learn the values of sportsmanship and co-operation as well as determination and perseverance towards a common goal.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


      Approach

      Approach

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Academic


      Our Take

      Our Take

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      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.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Delta West Academy Kindergarten students learn and play in a balanced setting that actively teaches both academic and social skills. They imagine, construct and explore independently in stations, but also learn academic skills in structured lessons. Our little ones also travel off campus to various destinations like the Zoo, the fire station or the Science Centre every month to experience the world around them. Students from Delta West Academy\'s Kindergarten class who head off to Grade 1, have the understanding of what it takes to be a successful student in their first year of formal education.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Kindergarten at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School is an innovative, collaborative and inquiry-based program that instills a joy and love for life-long learning. It promotes the development of the whole child in a safe and nurturing learning environment. We believe each day should be filled with laughter, shared stories and learning experiences so their unique talents will emerge and flourish.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


      Pace

      Pace

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      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.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      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.


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Information not available

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


      Culture

      Culture

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Rigorous


      Our Take

      Our Take

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      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”.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      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 the school says

      What the school says

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      The goal of DWA students is to have all post-secondary doors open to them when they graduate from high school. With this in mind, all teachers emphasize intellectual exploration, critical thinking, skill acquisition through practice supported by a strong work ethic. Students are actively mentored by teachers to improve specific individual skills. Parents are part of this collaboration and support from home speeds achievement. Competition is not encouraged between students, rather personal achievement is emphasized as all students are unique. However, a passing grade of 65% rather than 50% has been established to underscore the expectation of achievement.

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      "We honour and distinguish our brightest students, using them as examples for other students to follow."

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


      Primary

      Primary

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Balanced
      "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."


      Secondary

      Secondary

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Intellectual
      The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

      Our mission – to develop well-balanced students for a life of purpose by inspiring excellence in scholarship, leadership and character.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Delta West Academy

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Competitive

    Comp.

    Recreational

    Rec.

    Badminton

    Baseball

    Basketball

    Canoeing/Kayaking

    Cricket

    Cross-country skiing

    Cycling

    Downhill skiing

    Equestrian

    Fencing

    Field Hockey

    Figure Skating

    Football

    Golf

    Gymnastics

    Ice Hockey

    Ice Skating

    Lacrosse

    Martial Arts

    Mountain biking

    Racquet Ball

    Rowing

    Rugby

    Running

    Sailing

    Skateboarding

    Snowboarding

    Soccer

    Softball

    Squash

    Swimming

    Tennis

    Track & Field

    Volleyball

    Weightlifting

    Wrestling

    Archery

    Curling

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Ballet and Classical Ballet
    Yoga
    Yearbook
    Student Council
    Scouting
    Science Club
    School newspaper
    Round Square
    Robotics club
    Radio club
    Poetry/Literature club
    Photography
    Paintball
    Outdoor Education
    Outdoor Club
    Online Magazine
    Musical theatre/Opera
    Math Club
    Jazz Ensemble
    Habitat for Humanity
    Foreign Language Club
    Environmental Club
    Drama Club
    Debate Club
    Dance Club
    Computer Club
    Community Service
    Choir
    Chess Club
    Band
    Audiovisual Club
    Astronomy Club
    Art Club
    Animation


    What the school says

    What the school says

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    • Clubs at Delta West Academy are as varied as our students' interests. Aside from perennial favourites, every year a changing roster of clubs is presented to students or initiated by the students themselves. Film Studies, Citizenship, and Gymnastics Clubs are just a few of the ones that expand the horizons of our students' curiosity.

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    • Exploration beyond the classroom is not "extra" at STS. It's essential. We call these studies "co-curricular" rather than "extra-curricular". We believe our robust co-curricular program contributes to the poise and confidence of our students. The program is also an important part of what creates strong connections between students, and with the faculty. The combination of academics, options and co-curriculars give your child the chance to satisfy their curiosity and broaden their horizons in unexpected ways. While our teacher-led co-curriculars are energizing and mind-opening, they're also an opportunity to make strong connections with regular class studies. Faculty are intentional in strengthening coursework through co-curriculars. They are also quick to recognize when a student's interest is piqued during class, and will guide the student to a fitting co-curricular to further the classroom experience. Co-curricular activities contribute to your child's academic skills, leadership abilities and character.
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    75%

     

    80%


     

    Day entry years

     

    JK, SK, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Feb 10, 2020


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades K - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 6 - 12


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 6

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    Application fee required

     

    Yes

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    The ideal DWA student is curious, active and wants to explore the world. He or she is interested in high academic as well as social success, participating in unique experiences, and ready for change. Our programming works best for average to above-average and gifted students, with parents ready to support school initiatives, home practice and extra-curricular activities.

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    The Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School experience encourages students to find their passions, give back to their community, and prepare themselves for a life of purpose. To that end, our students are inspired to seek excellence in scholarship, leadership, and character.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    Our Admission procedure is designed to inform you about DWA and to inform us about your child and family. We do this through a combination of a school tour, personal interviews, testing and the completion of an admissions package. The admissions package helps us to review your child's past learning experiences (unless they are applying for Kindergarten) from the point of view of academic standing, social interaction, and extra-curricular interests whereas the testing provides some independent evidence of skills and attitudes. For Grade 7 to12 applicants, testing is through the SSAT online service.  Finally, the tour and interview is an opportunity for in-depth discussion and for the student's personal qualities to be highlighted.

    The goal is determining an optimal educational fit between the DWA learning experience and you as the prospective family. 

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Early decision - November 30, 2019

    Regular decision - February 10, 2019

    Rolling admission begins February 11, 2020

    The full application to STS includes:

    1. Online Application

    2. Confidential School Report Form

    3. Final Report Cards from previous two years

    4. Most Recent Report Card or Progress Report

    5. Interview

    6. Individual or Group Assessment

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    STRATHCONA-TWEEDSMUIR SCHOOL

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Dan Hays (1954)
    Retired Senator, member of the Privy Council of Canada, partner at Norton Rose Canada
    Nick Graham (1976)
    Owner of Fresh Happy People & former Chief Underwear Officer of Joe Boxer Corp.
    Shanoon Bowen-Smed (1982)
    President and CEO, Bowen Workplace Solutions
    Jill Nation (1970)
    Physician and professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary
    Justice Rosemary Nation (1971)
    Justice of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
    Albert Schultz (1981)
    Actor, director and founding artistic director of Toronto’s celebrated Soulpepper Theatre Company
    Jamie Clarke (1986)
    Extreme adventurer, Everest summiteer, owner of Out There Adventure Centre & Live Out There web business
    Dave Pierce (1990)
    Emmy award-winning songwriter, composer, producer
    Judd Palmer (1990)
    Owner of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop
    Craig Adams (1995)
    Professional NHL player
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