The regions Brookes Westshore offers busing from are:
Additional notes: Students who live farther away than our regular bus routes can arrange to be met at a pick-up point like a mall or recreation centre.
How we see Brookes Westshore
How Brookes Westshore sees itself
"Brookes Westshore is an IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programmes. We are just 15 minutes from downtown Victoria on the scenic West Coast of British Columbia. Our small class sizes, engaging teachers and caring community support students in a personalized learning environment that develops critical thinking skills and a passion for life-long learning. Students have the opportunity to graduate with both the IB Diploma and the BC Dogwood Diploma."
"Brookes Westshore teaches all student the International Baccalaureate curriculum. We believe this is the most comprehensive curriculum available, and provides students with the knowledge and skills to be their best selves in an increasingly globalized world. Students graduate from Brookes Westshore with the IB Diploma as well as the BC High School Diploma (BC Dogwood). The global perspective of the IB is enhanced through our commitment to having 50/50 local and international students."
"Families choose Brookes Westshore for our small class sizes, excellent teaching, and the International Baccalaureate curriculum. With a maximum of 300 places available we are able to maintain a strong sense of community, where students are noticed and recognized for their unique attributes, and are given individualized support in areas where they need it."
"One of the things that we consistently hear from our families is surprise at the breadth of afterschool activities we offer, despite our small size. Students are able to take part in ASAs every day of the week and can choose new activities each term. We take advantage of the many facilities available in our community, as well as the stunning natural environment of Vancouver Island. Students can choose to go rock climbing, play tennis, take action on the environment, create music and much more."
"Our international teaching staff. As an IB school we attract teaching staff who are highly qualified, motivated to support student excellence, and who have lived and worked around the world. Our diverse teaching staff bring a range of skills and perspectives to the classroom that directly benefit students, and build on the global mindedness at the heart of the IB curriculum. Our senior teacher mentor our younger staff, and our younger staff bring new ideas and energy into our community."
50/50 international and local mix of students
100% University acceptance
15:1 student to teacher ratio
International Baccalaureate curriculum"
How people from the school’s community see Brookes Westshore
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Jerry Salvador, Head of School
At Brookes, feel the positive energy that fills the corridors with a spirit of adventure, and sense the wonder of discovery in each classroom.
Our students thrive in the challenging, productive, and supportive learning environment we offer. Our goal is to nurture the joy of learning within our students and provide a safe place for them to explore their interests and discover their potential. We encourage students to take intellectual risks, to think creatively, and to work effectively with others.
Brookes Westshore is an authorized IB World School. Our mission is to prepare young men and women to become global citizens who have a passion for service and leadership, and who use compassion and communication to inspire peace in our world. Our small size allows us to tailor our classes to each student's need, allowing for a highly personalized learning experience.
I invite you to rise to the challenge of an IB education. Take a step beyond the average and begin to realize your boundless potential!
Most big schools provide your extroverted child with plenty of social opportunities and the ability to interact with different peer groups with a wide range of personalities, interests, values, etc. A larger student population and more extracurriculars—including activities like team sports, arts programs, and debate—will give them a broader scope of opportunities to participate in events that scratch their interpersonal itch. “This may also give them the opportunity to hone certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students.”
Throughout the continuum—from the Primary Years Programme (PYP) to the Diploma Programme (DP)—the IB offers plenty of group work, projects, and activities, which can be great for extroverts who often enjoy social and collaborative learning. Also, “Since IB schools have a strong emphasis on community service and activism, your child will have great opportunities to harness their outgoing and collaborative personality,” says Stacey Jacobs, Director of Clear Path Educational Consulting. These schools will also give your child the chance to interact and spend time with a bright, motivated, and ambitious group of kids who may have interests similar to them.
However, given the challenging curriculum and heavy workload of the IB, it can sometimes leave less time for socializing. This makes it especially important to ask about social opportunities at the school, including the ability to interact with different peer groups, both in class and out.
At a boarding school, your extroverted child will likely enjoy seeking out and interacting with peer groups from different backgrounds, away from home. In fact, studying and living with other kids for an extended period of time, as many alumni tell us, provides the unique opportunity to form close relationships that can last well beyond the school years. Many boarding schools also have large student populations and more extracurriculars—including activities like student council, team sports, and arts programs—which will give your outgoing child a broader scope of opportunities to feed off the energy of others, and possibly even become a leader, in a dynamic environment.
Keep in mind, though, “Being an extrovert can be a catalyst for getting involved in lots of activities, which can sometimes be hard to manage,” says Joanne Foster, Toronto-based education consultant and author of ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids. “For instance, a particularly extroverted child may try to end up juggling too many people and activities. While they still may thrive at a boarding school, it helps to know your child and how much social interaction they can handle comfortably.”
Make sure any prospective school, no matter what size, provides the right social environment to help your child feel at home, make friends, and develop confidence. This is especially important at big schools, which are sometimes more socially overwhelming and challenging for an introvert to find their bearings in. Of course, “Because larger schools usually have a more diverse student population, introverted kids are more likely to find a small group of people like them, a peer group they can relate to and find acceptance from,” says Dona Matthews, Toronto-based education consultant and co-author (with Joanne Foster) of Beyond Intelligence.
Bigger schools often have a broader scope of extracurricular activities, which is another way to help your child meet the right group of friends. “This may also give them the opportunity to develop certain skills,” say Ann and Karen Wolff of Wolff Educational Services. “For instance, they might run for student council to develop leadership and public speaking skills and learn to be a voice for other students. Remember, though, each child is different—so what works for one may not work for another.”
IB schools give your child the opportunity to interact and spend time with a bright, motivated, and ambitious group of kids who may have interests similar to them. Due to the IB’s heavy focus on group work, the programme offers a social and collaborative learning environment, which can help your introverted child overcome their shyness and get to know their peers well. This can relieve some of the pressure associated with having to take the initiative outside of class to make friends.
Just make sure any school you're considering offers enough independent work time for your introverted child—something which can vary widely between IB schools.
At a boarding school, your introverted child will be more motivated (and virtually compelled) to seek out and interact with different peer groups. Away from home and in a new environment, they’re more likely to take the initiative to form close friendships, which can boost their independence and confidence, and help them develop critical social skills.
"Consider, though, whether your child will be comfortable and confident while living away from home, and while having to navigate the various, and sometimes unforeseen social-emotional experiences, alongside the academic challenges,” says Joanne Foster, education expert and author of ABCs of Raising Smarter Kids. Finally, ensure support systems are in place to promote their social and emotional development, and that your child is willing and prepared to take advantage of them. Your child will often need to advocate for themselves at a boarding school, and they’ll need confidence and perseverance to do so.
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