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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    UWC Canada

    UWC CANADA

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    1993

     

    1974


     

    Enrolment

     

    Varies

     

    200


     

    Grades

     

    JK to 12

     

    12 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Boarding


     

    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."
     
    Social
    The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."
    Balanced
    "Equal emphasis is placed on a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social and physical cultivation."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Liberal Arts

     

    Progressive, 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

     

    6 to 16


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    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.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $10,300 to $18,350

     


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     

    $1 to $58,000


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    Yes


     

    Students on FA

     

    5%

     

    75%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    3 to 12

     

    12 to 12


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $10,000

     

    $25,000

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    0

     

    200


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    100%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    75%

     

    25%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Nov 15, 2017


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades 12 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    No

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    UWC Canada

    UWC CANADA

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    information not available

    UWC CANADA

    information not available

    User reviews

    User reviews

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    information not available

    UWC CANADA

    "different than any other school in the world"
    Jacqueline Tam - Alumnus   (Jan 24, 2018)
    When I arrived at Pearson, I could feel just how different of a place it was than any other school i...
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    An all-encompassing education
    Thea Ryan - Alumnus   (Jan 30, 2018)
    I attended Pearson College UWC and the most striking aspect of my education was how holistic and all...
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    "A mini United Nations"
    Lorraine Pundyk - Parent   (Jan 31, 2018)
    My daughter Kristen is having an amazing time at UWC-Adriatic and is making new friends from differ...
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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.  

    UWC CANADA

    United World College (UWC) was founded by Kurt Hahn in 1962, inspired by his experience as a German Jew during the war years. He had had a front row seat to all the ways in which societies can fail, often principally, he felt, by being too insular. As an educator, he hoped to play a role in changing that. The goals of the school are as grand as they are affective, including, says David Hawley, past head of UWC Canada, that of “preventing what happened with World War II from ever happening in the future." Hahn hoped to educate people about their place in the world, to appreciate the diversity of the global population through direct experience, and to understand the power of their voices within a multitude of voices. The first school was founded in Wales, the second being Pearson College in 1974 and named to honor Lester Pearson’s leadership. There are now 17 UWC schools dotting the globe, and in all the goal is to bring people from around the world together, including those from cultures and countries that may be in conflict. Students arrive very consciously bringing their experience with them, and they enter a community of like-minded individuals who, like them, are interested in taking a leadership role in their communities, whatever they may posit them to be. The ideal student is one who is able to thrive in an engaging, diverse, challenging academic and social environment.

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    UWC Canada

    UWC CANADA

    Highlights

    Highlights

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    information not available

    UWC CANADA

    information not available

    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.

    UWC CANADA

    The UWC global movement is comprised of 18 schools, including Canada's most international school, Pearson College UWC. Students are selected to attend UWC from over 150 countries. Following merit-based selection, UWC aspires to meet the demonstrated financial need of all students, and we offer more financial aid than other international schools. This helps ensure our schools are diverse in every sense, which is key to fulfilling our mission to make education a force for peace and sustainability in the world.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Delta West Academy

    DELTA WEST ACADEMY

    UWC Canada

    UWC CANADA

    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.

    My UWC journey started as a student at Pearson College in 1983. I can genuinely say, that experience laid the foundation for everything that followed. I chaired the German National Committee from 2008 and from 2010 onwards, I worked with our partners, the Bosch Foundation, on building UWC Robert Bosch College. I think it is fair to say that I have seen the UWC movement from different angles.

    As Executive Director, I look to the future with optimism. UWC – already a leader in the field of transformational education – can have an even greater impact in the years to come and we can all play a part in this success.

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      UWC Canada

      UWC CANADA


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Liberal Arts

      UWC CANADA

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      UWC CANADA

      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.

      UWC CANADA

      Progressive (sometimes called "in- quiry-based") curricula attempt to place children's interests and ideas at the heart of the learning experience. Instead of lessons being driven by predetermined pathways, progressive curricula are often "emergent", with learning activities shaped by students' questions about the world. Instead of starting with academic concepts and then tying it to everyday experience, progressive methods begin with everyday experience and work back to an academic lesson. Teachers provide materials, experiences, tools and resources to help students investigate a topic or issue. Students are encouraged to explore, reflect on their findings, and discuss answers or solutions.


      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      Our Take: secondary curriculum type

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Not applicable

      UWC CANADA

      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.

      UWC CANADA

      The education we offer is driven by seven principles inspired by renowned educationalist Kurt Hahn. 1) Education should take place within a diverse college community that reflects the wide range of tensions among and between people. 2) Education requires active promotion of intercultural understanding and the development of genuine concern for others, founded on shared life experiences, and cooperative and collaborative living. 3) Physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle are integral to developing a balanced person. Unhealthy lifestyles limit human potential. 4) Community interaction is at the heart of college/school life. 5) Students should be able to take positive action around issues of sustainability on both an institutional and individual level. 6) Students must have opportunities to practice personal initiative, self-discipline and responsibility, and to manage risk and embrace challenges. 7) Recognition is given to the fact that individuals possess unique talents and abilities. Programmes must exist which help students fulfill their potential.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Early Reading

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        UWC Canada

        UWC CANADA


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Balanced Literacy

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        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.

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their early reading program

        What the school says about their early reading program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        UWC CANADA

        Information not available


        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

        UWC Canada

        UWC CANADA


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal balance

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        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.

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        UWC CANADA

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        UWC Canada

        UWC CANADA


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        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.

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        UWC CANADA

        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

        UWC CANADA

        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

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable

      • Literature

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        UWC Canada

        UWC CANADA


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Equal Balance

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        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.

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        UWC CANADA

        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

        UWC CANADA

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        UWC Canada

        UWC CANADA


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Expanding Communities

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        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.

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        UWC CANADA

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        UWC Canada

        UWC CANADA


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Communicative

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        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.

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        What the school says about their foreign language programs

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        UWC CANADA

        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

        UWC CANADA

        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

        UWC CANADA

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        UWC Canada

        UWC CANADA


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Creative

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        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.

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their fine arts program

        What the school says about their fine arts program

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Information not available

        UWC CANADA

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        UWC CANADA

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        UWC Canada

        UWC CANADA


        Approach

        Approach

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Medium integration

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        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.

        UWC CANADA

        Not applicable


        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.

        UWC CANADA

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        UWC CANADA

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Delta West Academy

        DELTA WEST ACADEMY

        UWC Canada

        UWC CANADA


        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..

        UWC CANADA

        Information not available

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      UWC Canada

      UWC CANADA


      Approach

      Approach

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Academic

      UWC CANADA

      Not applicable


      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.

      UWC CANADA

      Not applicable


      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.

      UWC CANADA

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      UWC Canada

      UWC CANADA


      Pace

      Pace

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Standard-enriched

      UWC CANADA

      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.

      UWC CANADA

      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

      UWC CANADA

      We are recognised internationally for our distinctive model of education which helps students flourish – physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. UWC schools and colleges provide a holistic education for young people guided by a distinguished curriculum: Colleges offer the two-year, pre-university International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      UWC Canada

      UWC CANADA


      Culture

      Culture

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Rigorous

      UWC CANADA

      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”.

      UWC CANADA

      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.

      UWC CANADA

      The academic programme for 16 to 19 year-olds at UWC schools is based on the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. Our students benefit from this challenging and balanced academic qualification which is recognized by the world’s leading universities. Our distinctive model of education has deliberate diversity of the student body at its heart.


      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."

      UWC CANADA

      Information not available

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Delta West Academy

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      UWC Canada

      UWC CANADA


      Primary

      Primary

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

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

      UWC CANADA

      Social
      The goal is to cultivate "socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better."


      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."

      UWC CANADA

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      DELTA WEST ACADEMY

      Information not available

      UWC CANADA

      UWC makes education a force to unite people, nations and cultures for peace and a sustainable future. UWC schools, colleges and programmes deliver a challenging and transformational educational experience to a diverse cross section of students, inspiring them to create a more peaceful and sustainable future. UWC believes that to achieve peace and a sustainable future, the values it promotes are crucial; International and intercultural understanding. Celebration of difference. Personal responsibility and integrity. Mutual responsibility and respect. Compassion and service. Respect for the environment. A sense of idealism. Personal challenge. Action and personal example.

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Delta West Academy

    UWC Canada

    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

    UWC Canada

    UWC CANADA


    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

    UWC CANADA

    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.

    UWC CANADA

    • http://www.pearsoncollege.ca/p/?pgn=News&subpgn=Publications&pn=Publications
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    75%

     

    25%


     

    Day entry years

     

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

     


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     

    12


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Not available


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Nov 15, 2017


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades JK - 12

     

    Yes: grades 12 - 12


     

    SSAT required

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11

     

    No


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 1 - 6

     

    No: grades 12 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 12 - 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.

    UWC CANADA

    The UWC program is intense and transformative. To give you a brief idea of the types of students we are looking for, descriptive words include: determined, curious, fearless, ambitious, open, bright, collaborative, disciplined, creative, indefatigable, generous, kind.

    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. 

    UWC CANADA

    We prefer applicants to be in Grade 11 when they apply. For entry in 2018, this means being in Grade 11 as of September 2017. Applicants should be 16 or 17 years old as of September 2018.

    • Canadian students interested in attending UWC follow the same application process as those who wish to attend Pearson College.
    • Students are required to submit an online application which includes a short essay.  Shortlisted applicants attend an interview and in some regions, an interactive selection camp.
    • As our academic program follows the challenging International Baccalaureate, successful applicants should feel comfortable in an academic environment.
    • Low student-teacher ratios (typically 10-1) allow for a close-knit, supportive, collaborative learning environment. 

  • NOTABLE ALUMNI

    UWC CANADA

    Alumnus (year)
    Accomplishment

    Chrystia Freeland (1986)
    Chrystia is currently the Minister of International Trade in the Canadian parliament.
    Julie Payette (1982)
    Julie Payette has completed two spaceflights and served as Chief Astronaut for the Canada Space Agency. She is Canada's Governor General.
    Yuen Pau Woo (1981)
    Yuen Pao Woo served as the President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. He was named to the Senate of Canada by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
    Niki Ashton (2001)
    Niki Ashton is the New Democratic Member of Parliament for the federal electoral district of Churchill—Keewatinook Aski in Manitoba.
    Evan Adams (1984)
    Evan Adams is a Canadian actor, playwright and medical doctor. He is the Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority in British Columbia.
    Nmesoma Umenwofor-Nnweze (2017)
    Nmesoma Umenwofor-Nnweze was one of 15 young leaders named to the Prime Minister's Youth Council in 2016.



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