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  • QUICK SUMMARY

     

    La Villa Montessori School

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    Basics

    Basics


     

    Founded

     

    2012

     

    1982


     

    Enrolment

     

    31

     

    570


     

    Grades

     

    Nursery/Toddler to K

     

    7 to 12


     

    Gender

     

    Coed

     

    Coed


     

    Living arrangements

     

    Day

     

    Day


     

    Language of instruction

     

    English, French

     

    English, French


     

    Faith Based

     

     


     

    School focus

     

     

    Academic


     

    Developmental Priorities

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

    Academics

    Academics


     

    Curriculum

     

    Montessori

     

    Traditional


     

    Curriculum pace

     
    Student-paced
    The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.
     
    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

     
    Supportive
    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.
     
    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

     

    18 to 22


     

    Special needs support

     

     


     

    Gifted learner support

     

     

    In-class adaptations


     

    Preschool/K curriculum

     
    Montessori
    Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

    If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.
     

    Tuition

    Tuition


     

    Day Tuition

     

    $8,100 to $15,608

     

    $18,560 to $24,560


     

    Boarding Tuition

     

     


     

    Financial aid (FA)

     

    No

     

    No


     

    Students on FA

     

    0%

     

    0%


     

    Eligible grades for FA

     

    None

     

    None


     

    Median FA package size

     

    $0

     

    $0

    Enrollment

    Enrollment


     

    Avg. enrollment per grade

     

    6

     

    95


     

    Percent in boarding

     

    0%

     

    0%

    Admissions

    Admissions


     

    Admissions rate

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - K

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11

  • SCHOOL REVIEWS

     

    La Villa Montessori School

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    The Our Kids Review

    The Our Kids Review

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    information not available

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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    User reviews

    User reviews

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    "My child appreciates the independence"
    hina marsonia - Parent   (Feb 13, 2018)
    My child appreciates the independence she has in choosing her activities and material that she works...
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    Teachers instill confidence and motivation
    Christine Johnson - Parent   (Feb 16, 2018)
    My child's experience has been better than I ever could have imagined. Even if we have had a bad mo...
      View full review

    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...
      View full review

    Our Take

    Our Take

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    La Villa rightly prides itself in offering a very authentic presentation of the Montessori method, and for many families that is a primary draw. As such, students are engaged in an active, hands-on, cooperative environment, where the core curriculum is delivered in consort with a growing understanding of their place in the community of the school and beyond. Close attention is given to the acquisition of skills as well as interpersonal, physical, and emotional development.

    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

     

    La Villa Montessori School

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    Highlights

    Highlights

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    • Association Montessori Internationale (A.M.I.) recognized
    • Young Children's Community (15 months-30 months)
    • Primary (30 months-6 years)
    • Elementary (6-12 years)

    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

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    La Villa Montessori School is a charming community school house dedicated to fulfill the intrinsic needs of each child by following Dr. Montessori’s principles and guidelines of the Association Montessori Internationale (A.M.I.). Our mission is to create a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that satisfies a child’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs. By addressing these needs, the children become active and productive members of society while fostering a life-long love of learning.

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    Located in Calgary, Alberta, West Island College (WIC) is a premier, independent university preparatory school. Open to students in Gr. 7 - 12, WIC offers English and French Immersion programs. At WIC, students are inspired to pursue excellence in academics, leadership, athletics and global awareness preparing them for success in the future. WIC strives to fulfill its mission to empower each student to thrive, contribute and live a healthy, purposeful life. Be Bold. Be Brave. Be Ready.

  • PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

     

    La Villa Montessori School

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

    Message

             La Villa Montessori School came to fruition after years of imagining what the ideal environment would be like for my own children. I had come to truly understand the African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child" in order to provide the most positive and healthy environment for the children to thrive in every way. In Latin, the word Villa (Villam) refers to a farm or village and so it became La Villa Montessori School and the very essence of our community. After our first year of operating in 2015, I saw that having a strong cohesive community between the parents and staff at La Villa being a pillar of support and guidance for the children in our care.  We continue to provide the highest level of care and compassion for the children while fostering a trust and support with our parents. 

    As one of a handful of internationally recognized Montessori schools in Canada following AMI’s standards of quality and authenticity, we are very proud to have this distinction to support and grow the Montessori movement around the world. 

    I invite you to visit us and see what La Villa Montessori School is all about. Thank you.

    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

       

      La Villa Montessori School

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      West Island College

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


      Primary Curriculum

      Primary Curriculum

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori


      Secondary Curriculum

      Secondary Curriculum

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      Our Take: primary curriculum type

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Particularly popular in the younger grades (preschool to elementary), but sometimes available all the way up to high school, Montessori schools offer an alternative vision to the standard lesson format of most classrooms. Instead of listening to whole-class lessons, Montessori classrooms allow students to choose which "tasks" or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles - their essential feature being they contain a right answer and allow for selfcorrection. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on lessons being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with students developing a sense of self-sufficiency, confidence and curiosity.

      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

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Not applicable

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says about their curriculum

      What the school says about their curriculum

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      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.

    • PRESCHOOL/K CURRICULUM

       

      La Villa Montessori School

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      West Island College

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


      Approach

      Approach

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      Our Take

      Our Take

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Montessori programs aimed at preschool and Kindergarten- aged children allow young learners to choose which “tasks” or activities interest them. These tasks centre around special Montessori puzzles -- the essential features of these puzzles being they contain a “right answer” and allow for self-correction. A strong emphasis is therefore placed on learning being concrete and rooted in practical experience, along with children developing a sense of self-sufficiency and confidence. Specially trained teachers act as guides, introducing children to progressively more difficult materials when appropriate. A Montessori classroom is typically very calm and orderly, with children working alone or, sometimes, in small groups.

      If you want to learn more about Montessori education, check out our comprehensive guide. You can also check out our guide to Montessori preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Not applicable


      What the school says

      What the school says

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      La Villa Montessori School is dedicated to fulfill the intrinsic needs of each child by following Dr. Montessori’s principles and the guidelines of the Association Montessori Internationale ​(A.M.I.). Our mission is to create a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment that satisfies a child’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs. By addressing these needs, the children will have a wholesome growth while developing a life-long love of learning.

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Information not available

    • CURRICULUM PACE

       

      La Villa Montessori School

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      West Island College

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


      Pace

      Pace

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Student-paced

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Standard-enriched


      Our Take

      Our Take

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      The main curriculum pace is non-standardized and is HIGHLY responsive to the pacing of individual students, (via differentiated instruction, differentiated assessment, etc). In theory, some students outpace the default/normalized curriculum, while others spend periods "behind schedule" if they need the extra time.

      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

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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

    • ACADEMIC CULTURE

       

      La Villa Montessori School

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      West Island College

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


      Culture

      Culture

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Supportive


      Our Take

      Our Take

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

      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

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

      Information not available


      Approach to student honours

      Approach to student honours

      LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

      Information not available

      WEST ISLAND COLLEGE

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

  • EXTRACURRICULARS


    La Villa Montessori 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

     

    La Villa Montessori School

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    West Island College

    WEST ISLAND COLLEGE


    Clubs Offered

    Topics covered in science curriculum

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI 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

    LA VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL

    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

     

    100%

     

    90%


     

    Day entry years

     

    Nursery/Toddler, Preschool, JK, SK, K

     

    7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12


     

    Boarding entry years

     

     


     

    Day admissions deadline

     

    Rolling

     

    Rolling


     

    Boarding admissions deadline

     

    Not available

     

    Not available


     

    Interview required?

     

    Yes: grades Nursery/Toddler - K

     

    Yes: grades 7 - 11


     

    SSAT required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11


     

    SSAT(out of province) required

     

    No

     

    Yes: grades 8 - 11


     

    Entrance exams required

     

    No

     

    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

    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

    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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