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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2008

     

    1982


     

    Enrolment

     

    230

     

    570


     

    Grades

     

    5 to 12

     

    7 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Girls

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English

     

    English, French


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

    Academic

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

     
    Intellectual
    The goal is to cultivate "academically strong, creative and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions."
    Spiritual
    The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."
     
    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."

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Progressive

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Accelerated
    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).
     
    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

     

    Varies

     

    15 to 25


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

    In-class adaptations

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $18,750

     

    $18,560 to $24,560


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    Yes

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    10%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    5 to 12

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $1

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    29

     

    95


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 30, 2020

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Holy Name of Mary College School (HNMCS) began in 1964 as Holy Name of Mary School, and it has grown and changed in the decades since. For a time, the school was publicly funded, and while it operated continually through the years, it reopened in 2008 with a new name—the current one—and as a fully independent school for girls. Today, as in 1964, Holy Name is supported by the Felician Sisters, as well as by the Basilian Fathers of St. Michael’s College School, who co-founded the independent school. The vision of the school has also remained through the years, though it was rededicated in 2009. Families who turn to HNMCS are looking for strong academics and values, and indeed they find both. The values that the school promotes are those of the Catholic tradition, with an emphasis on empathy, justice, and excellence. The ideal student is one who shares those core values, will thrive within a challenging academic atmosphere, and is preparing for post-secondary education.
    Read The Our Kids Review of Holy Name of Mary College School

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    "...the teachers at WIC are effective communicators inside and outside of their classrooms"
    Jing Li - Parent   (May 22, 2020)
    We have two sons in WIC, both of whom started from grade seven. My older son is graduating in June 2...
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    "WIC provided me with a very balanced set of opportunities that helped me thrive academically in university"
    Adam Broniewski - Alumnus   (May 29, 2020)
    My time at West Island College (WIC) was incredibly memorable and has been influential in shaping me...
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    Our Take

    Our Take

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    HNMCS began in 1964 as Holy Name of Mary School, and it has grown and changed in the decades since. For a time the school was publicly funded, and while it operated continually through the years, it was re-established in 2008 with a new name—the current one—and as a fully independent school for girls. Today, as in 1964, HNMCS is supported by the Felician Sisters, and is also supported by the Basilian Fathers of St. Michael’s College School, who co-founded the independent school. The vision of the school has also remained through the years, though was rededicated in 2009. Families who turn to HNMCS are looking for strong academics and values, and indeed they find both. The values that the school promotes those of the Catholic tradition, with an emphasis on empathy, justice, and excellence. The ideal student is one who shares those core values, will thrive within a challenging academic atmosphere, and is preparing for post-secondary education.

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    West Island College was founded in Montreal in 1974, and was intended to provide a strong bilingual option for families living on Montreal’s West Island. The program there provided a foundation, and a name, for West Island College in Calgary when it was established in 1982. That said, the school quickly established its own independent operations and identity. As such, it was free to build and grow to meet the needs of its students, and it certainly has. The international programs are robust, as are the language programs, all of which contribute to the overall culture of the school. It’s a very interactive, engaging environment, one that requires a lot of the students who attend while also providing the support they need to succeed. The ideal student is one who shares the school’s foundational values and can thrive in a very active and engaging student environment.  

  • SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    • Catholic academic tradition
    • University preparatory school
    • Academic Excellence
    • Entrance exam (SSAT)
    • Scholarships & Financial Assistance
    • Private transportation options available
    • Duke of Edinburgh's Award
    • Leadership & Outdoor Education Programmes

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    • French Immersion studies
    • Enriched French and Spanish studies
    • Institutes in Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts and Fine Arts
    • Advanced Placement program
    • Outdoor education
    • International travel studies
    • Music/Band program
    • Intramurals and sports teams
    • Kinesiology
    • Leadership and Service work

    Description

    Description

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Holy Name of Mary College School (HNMCS) is an independent Catholic school for girls in grades 5-12. Set on a picturesque 25 acre setting in Mississauga, HNMCS empowers young women to transform the world through intellectual curiosity and personal growth as grounded in the Catholic traditions of the Felician Sisters and Basilian Fathers. Holy Name of Mary College School provides a high achieving, university preparatory programme to guide bright, curious and dedicated students by shaping their minds and touching their hearts.  With a distinctive balance of support, encouragement, and nurturing relationships HNMCS prepares students to meet the challenges and uncertainties of a changing world with resiliency and a strong moral compass.  A unique tapestry of academic excellence, focused on 21st Century competencies, combined with athletics, arts, outdoor education, co-curricular activities and leadership experiences, provides countless engaging opportunities for girls to be inspired & leverage their voices. HNMCS is A Connected Community: Building Curious, Courageous and Compassionate Young Women through respect, justice, compassion and transformation.

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    West Island College is a premier, independent, university preparatory school located in the southeast quadrant of the City of Calgary. At West Island College, incredible opportunities happen every day in an environment where learning is tailored to each individual student; where relationships are nurtured through effective teamwork and collaboration; and where students are immersed in a community of enthusiastic learners.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    Message

    The true spirit of the HNMCS experience is the relationship between caring, inspiring educators and the brilliant, curious minds of our engaged and talented students. We hold high expectations for our girls and their learning achievements, and our community accomplishments continue to make us proud. 

    We strive to shape the Catholic women leaders of tomorrow to “Be the Change” - knowledgeable, hopeful, confident and resilient for their future.

    It is through a rich learning landscape focused on girl’s learning that we not only foster quality standards for teaching and learning, but empower leadership, cooperation and teamwork with every girl. We are a school committed to preparing young women to meet the challenges and uncertainties of a constantly changing global future with a good moral compass.  

    Catholicity, being the cornerstone of our work, promotes core values focused on the spirit and teachings of Jesus Christ that nurture faith development and cultivate global awareness, community outreach and service leadership. We are supported by the Felician Sisters, and the Basilian Fathers of St. Michael’s College School who bring a rich history of faithful service. Our school culture not only shapes the minds of our girls, but touches their hearts while preparing them to become compassionate women leaders of integrity. 

    Finding the right school is one of the most important decisions you will make, one that will have a profound impact on the rest of your life. I believe West Island College provides great opportunities for your family.

    The College has a long tradition of success based on core values and on the shared commitment to a vision of involving each student in unparalleled, relevant and diverse opportunities. We also encourage students to follow their passions. It is in this environment that students can explore their own creativity and leadership, and where they can achieve their full potential. In the West Island College environment, students, faculty, parents and community members together create a culture of caring, a culture of commitment and a culture of community.

    We pride ourselves on innovative teaching, activity-based learning, leading edge technology, and unparalleled global awareness experiences. We are committed to ensuring our students have access to an exceptional education which will serve them well in their future endeavours. We also aim to have some fun along the way! With more than 30 years of success in Calgary, West Island College has a proven track record of innovation, growth, success and leadership. Come and discover what inspires you!

    West Island College is a place where teachers truly care about students, where parents are involved in all aspects of their child’s education, and where students are engaged in tangible ways in their own learning. West Island College is a place where we can develop the best in each of us. I encourage you to discover the possibilities at WIC.

    Come and visit us; I am confident you will be inspired by what you find.


    Gord Goodwin
    Interim Head of School and CEO
    West Island College

  • ACADEMICS

    • OVERALL CURRICULUM

       

      Holy Name of Mary College School

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      West Island College

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Progressive


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Information not available

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      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.

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      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

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      HNMCS provides an exemplary university preparatory programme that combines traditional curriculum with experiential learning experiences and integrates technology with 21st Century skill development. Driven by a student-centric focus on teaching and learning, we surround bright, curious minds with caring and supportive teachers who inspire a passion for learning.

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      At West Island College incredible opportunities happen every day, in an environment where learning is tailored to each individual student; where relationships are nurtured through effective teamwork and collaboration; and where students are immersed in a community of enthusiastic learners. West Island College emphasizes respect, responsibility and citizenship. We believe that inspiring our students to pursue excellence in academics, leadership, athletics and global awareness prepares them for success in the 21st century. In addition to exceptional teachers, an Advanced Placement Program, Fine Arts Certificate, outstanding athletics, small class sizes and an extensive co-curricular program with leadership opportunities, WIC offers courses in French (Immersion or Second Language) and Spanish and an International Languages Certificate. From our International Studies program and authentic student leadership opportunities to Outdoor Education and WIC’s Business, Health Sciences and Engineering Institutes, students are challenged to go beyond their comfort zones and discover what experiential learning really means.

    • COURSE PEDAGOGIES

      • Mathematics

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Discovery Math

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Traditional Math


        Our take: math approach type

        Our take: math approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Discovery Math turns traditional math on its head: it frequently begins by introducing a novel problem to students, and works its way back to “discovering” a method of solving the problem. The goal is to ground mathematical procedures and algorithms firmly in their applications, and to challenge students to think critically about how they might go about solving the problem right from the beginning. Generally associated with the “Chicago Math” movement and related Everyday Math textbooks (Grades 1 to 6), Discovery math spends less classroom time mastering established algorithms and more time getting students invested in and thinking critically about novel mathematical problems and concepts. In this sense Discovery Math aims to establish conceptual and applied understand before procedural understanding.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.


        What the school says about their math program

        What the school says about their math program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        Textbooks and supplementary materials

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Calculator policy

        Calculator policy

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Writing

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Equal balance

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        Our take: writing approach type

        Our take: writing approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE 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.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their writing program

        What the school says about their writing program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Our program aims to develop a strong writing foundation that focuses on the improvement of grammatical and spelling skills, while allowing students to explore the writing process in a real world context; connecting literature, personal interest and current events into both formal and creative writing.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Science

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: science approach type

        Our take: science approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE 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.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        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.


        What the school says about their science program

        What the school says about their science program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        WIC has a full time Science technician on hand to assist the teachers with preparing experiments. Thus ensuring steady hands on activities at all grade levels.


        Topics covered in science curriculum

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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


        Treatment of evolution (value)

        Treatment of evolution (value)

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Physics

      • Literature

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: literature approach type

        Our take: literature approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their literature program

        What the school says about their literature program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Students have the opportunity to be immersed in traditional literature and the importance of structure and literary devices in significant texts. HNMCS' Core Values are at the root of learning in the school and texts are selected that reflect larger social justice themes and allow students to make deeper connections and ask critical questions about the world while being engaged in meaningful texts and resources.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Domains covered by the literature program

        Topics covered in literature curriculum

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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

      • Social Studies

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Core Knowledge

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        Our take: social studies approach type

        Our take: social studies approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Not applicable


        What the school says about their social studies program

        What the school says about their social studies program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Our integrated programme allows historical and geographical information to come alive in a variety of ways, using an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Through the use of technology, the arts and language arts, students participate in meaningful learning opportunities that bring content to life in a relatable way.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Humanities and Social Sciences

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Equal Balance


        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        Our take: humanities and social sciences approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        What the school says about their humanities and social sciences

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        By integrating the significance of big ideas and present day experience, students are engaged in meaningful lessons that bring the content in social science classes to life. Experiential lessons, simulations, field trips and wide range of apps and online programs, help to make these courses educational and engaging.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Foreign Languages

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Equal Balance

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Communicative


        Our take: foreign language approach type

        Our take: foreign language approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        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

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        These courses balance the importance of language development and the need for a deeper understanding of language structures. Teachers work with students to develop a solid foundation of language acquisition skills and develop engaging lessons where students work alongside their peers in meaningful collaborative projects that develop a deeper understanding of the language being explored.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        20% of the school is a French Immersion track. Offering 60% French language classes in the Junior School and 40% in the Senior School. We also offer 125 hours of French or Spanish second Language instruction yearly to the Junior school students. French and Spanish language instruction (along with French immersion) is offered through Grade 12 Most students also complete the DELE or DELF A and B levels.


        Language instruction offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        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)

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Information not available

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available

      • Fine Arts

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach


        Our take: fine arts approach type

        Our take: fine arts approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE 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.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        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

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        In Visual Art courses students are taught how to 'see'. They learn technical words and techniques to produce works which may be included for presentation in their senior years in a portfolio while applying to post-secondary programs. Assignments cover drawing, perspective, painting, printmaking, design, art history and Visual arts exams which are studio based. Each grade explores different mediums in the different disciplines.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Information not available


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Acting
        Dance
        Drama/Theatre
        Graphic Design
        Music
        Visual Arts

      • Computers and Technolgy

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        Approach

        Approach

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Heavy integration

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Medium integration


        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        Our take: computers and technology approach type

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE 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.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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


        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Students are best served when the use of technology enhances the learning that takes place in the classroom. HNMCS embraces the use of technology throughout the curriculum, and our broad use of Smart Boards and interactive projectors in all classrooms recognizes the importance of technology in education. Our school is fully accessible through wireless connectivity, leverages on site servers and cloud based technologies, utilizes educational software and communities, promotes the safe use of social media, and offers a green room multimedia environment for study and exploration. All students are encouraged to bring their own device to school and engage in learning with their tablets, laptops or phones in a stimulating way. This results in the development of their expertise and competency and their development as self-directed users. Students have full access to our comprehensive technology lab and all teachers incorporate the use of technology in their teaching and assignments.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Technology is available in most non movement classes. Including Ipads, Macbooks and PCs. All classes have wireless and teaching presentation stations. Technology is used as a tool in most classrooms, courses. Specific technology units taught at various grades, in multimedia, programming, app development, 3D design and printing, game design, html, website development.


        Courses offered in:

        Topics covered in science curriculum

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Web design
        Robotics
        Computer science

      • Physical Education

         

        Holy Name of Mary College School

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        West Island College

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


        What the school says about their physical education program

        What the school says about their computers and technology program

        HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

        The Holy Name of Mary College School Athletic Department provides opportunities for girls to pursue athletic excellence in a variety of sports while upholding Catholic core values and developing determination, resilience, balance, a sense of fair play, and pride in self and community. The athletic program at HNMCS is an integral part of the total growth experience. Student-athletes will mature physically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. They will learn to take responsibility for personal growth by developing commitment, balance, and resilience as part of a strong and caring community. Pride in self and school, integrity and commitment are continually strengthened through participation on our teams. We believe that the life lessons learned through sport help to strengthen the Catholic values that will guide our students well into the future.

        WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

        Daily phys ed is provided in the Junior School. Mandatory phys ed to Grade 10. We also provide PE 20 30, Sports Performance and Sports Med classes.

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      Holy Name of Mary College School

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      West Island College

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


      Pace

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      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

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Our environment is student-centred and tailored to girls' learning

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Independent and accelerated studies are offered on a case by case basis.

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      Holy Name of Mary College School

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      West Island College

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


      Culture


      Our Take

      Our Take

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE 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”.

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      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

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Our main goal at HNMCS is to develop the whole person. Building a strong academic foundation allows our girls to become innovative thinkers who can draw on their wealth of knowledge and experience to tackle real world problems.

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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

    • DEVELOPMENTAL PRIORITIES

       

      Holy Name of Mary College School

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      West Island College

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


      Primary

      Primary

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

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

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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


      Secondary

      Secondary

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      Spiritual
      The goal is to cultivate "individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith and respect for God or a higher power."

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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


      What the school says

      What the school says

      HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

      HNMCS promotes the importance of a balanced lifestyle that integrates a strong academic foundation based on our core values and key developmental priorities

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Information not available

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    Holy Name of Mary College School

    West Island College

    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

     

    Holy Name of Mary College School

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE 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

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    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

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    • Mini-Medical Programme: HNMCS has established an innovative program to help develop a passion for science in our students. The overarching mission of the Mini Medical Program is to promote the understanding and appreciation of the sciences and the vital role they play in human advancement: to inform, educate, and inspire - humbly. The program is structured with active participation from the students and in partnership with key medical and science professionals in the community.

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    • WIC offers a leading edge Institute program offering a certificate that includes many experiential opportunities in Engineering, Business, Health and Life Sciences. As well as International Language and Fine Arts opportunities
  • ADMISSION

    Admissions

    Admissions

     

     

    Admissions rate

     

    90%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

    5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Nov 30, 2020

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    Yes: grades 5 - 12

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    Entrance essay required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 12


     

    Application fee required

     

    No

     

    No

    Type of student school is looking for

    Type of student school is looking for

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    Holy Name of Mary College School welcomes applications from candidates eager to be a part of the school's enriched academic environment. At Holy Name of Mary College School, we offer you the opportunity to develop your academic interests, as well as a wide range of sporting options, visual and performing arts and other clubs and activities to engage in. HNMCS is fortified by a strong liberal arts education, a sound understanding of the role of technology in the world, and a belief that in our community we acknowledge and celebrate the many and varied gifts and talents of our classmates and teammates. We offer applicants the chance to demonstrate that they can be successful here. Each application is considered and assessed individually. We look for demonstrated academic achievement and the ability, and desire, to reach your true potential. There are no hidden social criteria; we simply want the best students to apply, regardless of their background. So whoever you are, and wherever you come from, if you have the ability, the enthusiasm and the motivation to study here, then we want to hear from you.

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    Hard worker, highly motivated to do well at school, willing to participate in extracurricular activities.

    What the school says

    What the school says

    HOLY NAME OF MARY COLLEGE SCHOOL

    The admissions process to Holy Name of Mary Catholic School is a straightforward once you've decided that this is the school for your daughter:

    1. Complete application online: apply.hnmcs.ca 

    2. Attach a recent student photograph. 

    3. Provide Academic Documents Online Scan and upload copies of the applicant’s final report cards from the previous two years and the most recent report card for the current year and, if applicable, a current Ontario Student Transcript copy. 

    4. Complete the Confidential Student Profile and ensure that it is sent directly from the applicant’s current principal, guidance counsellor or teacher to HNMCS. 

    5. Submit Application Fee Payment of a non-refundable $125 application fee. Application fee for international students is $250. 

    6. Please submit all the above application information by November 30th. Applications received after this date will be reviewed and applicants will be notified following the March break. 

    7. Register for the Admissions Test, which will be written on Saturday, December 12, 2020. To register for the test, go to: https://www.holynameofmarycollegeschool.com/admission/. 

    8. Once all requirements have been completed, the Office of Admissions will contact the family to schedule a one-on-one meeting with the candidate. 

    9. Offers of Admission will be sent out on February 19, 2021. 

     

    While Holy Name of Mary College School is an independent school, the tuition is not intended to exclude students on a financial basis. An income-based bursary programme is available for those in need and we encourage families to seek financial assistance when it is required. Families apply for bursaries during the application process to Holy Name of Mary College School. Apply for Financial Aid by November 30th. For more information, contact [email protected] 

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    Please note  we will accept the SSAT instead of our locally offered entrance exams.  Choose West Island College as a recipient in the SSAT online tool.




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