Both our boys enjoy going to WIC. We feel that school provides a safe and caring environment in which kids can be themselves, try new things, and fail without embarrassment. They have easy access to classroom teachers if they have any questions related to their courses, to post-secondary directors whenever they need help on university applications, and to school counsellors if they feel the need to talk about just about anything. WIC has a “Focus Friday” block on every Friday. This provides students with opportunities to explore, discover, and pursue their interests through hospital visits, courthouse visits, creative writing seminars, and business case competitions to name a few. Also, WIC has “TA groups”, in which one teacher is in charge of 10-15 students from the same grade. They meet once every week and provide a small, intimate environment for discussions about many topics and build relationships with their peers and this teacher. This small group stays the same from grade 7 until graduation.
I really enjoyed going to school. Every day was very diverse and I had a lot to look forward to. The large range of classes I was able to choose from, and being able to participate in clubs during lunch and after school was great. There were "summative exams" held every 3 weeks for all courses. This helped me prepare for exam writing in university but did lead to some stress in having to study all the time. The school has since lowered the number of exams they are writing. Diploma exams were a breeze because of this. Other students seemed generally happy and excited to pursue their passion subjects. Some students seemed dark and edgy, but they also had their outlets (guitar club, and other similarly minded friends!)