West Island College (Calgary): A Detailed Report with Information, Reviews, and Insights (2023)

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  • Grades
    7 — 12
  • Gender
    Coed
  • Class Size
    18 — 22 students
  • Tuition
    $19,688/year
  • Language of instruction
    English, French
  • Associations
    AP, AISCA, CAIS
  • Enrollment
    630 day students
  • Curriculum
    Traditional
  • EBROCHURE
    View eBrochure
  • Next open house
    N/A
  • Application Deadline
    Rolling (Day students)

School address

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  • 7410 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary, Alberta, T2H 1M5 (MAP)
  • Busing available (View details)

School Busing:

West Island College offers bus transferring. Service options offered are regular rider, regular rider AM only, regular rider PM only.

The regions West Island College offers busing from are:

  • Calgary

Additional notes: WIC has 3 bus routes One runs to the northwest terminating at the Crowchild YMCA. The 2nd to the west side- terminating at the Lutheran Church and the 3rd to the area south of the downtown core.

Our Perspective

How we see West Island College (Calgary)

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's Perspective

How West Island College (Calgary) sees itself

The school administration answered our questions

Who are you, as a school?

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

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

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    Watch our West Island College (Calgary) Q&A discussion with Christina (Alumnus), Chaz (Alumnus), Jack (Alumnus) to gain fresh insight into the school’s culture, values, and strengths.

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    Parent, Jing Li (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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    Message from school leadership

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    Erin Corbett, Head of School and CEO

    In this, our 40thyear, West Island College continues to be dedicated to the many students and families that walk through our doors. We are a tight-knit community of learners here, dedicated to excellence, as learners, citizens, friends, and professionals.

    A rigorous academic program, in both English and French Immersion, is balanced with ample opportunities for our students to engage in areas of passion and interest. They can pursue the fine arts, business, athletics, leadership, engineering, health sciences, international travel, and outdoor education to name just a few of the extensive opportunities afforded to them.

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    A sense of belonging, a key factor in our well-being as individuals, is at the heart of the WIC culture. We seek to find ample opportunities for our students to find their place here and to flourish as an individual, now and moving forward into their young adult lives.

    A school proud to be a part of the innovative and entrepreneurial fabric of Calgary, our studentsOwn Their Future. We are proud to walk alongside them as they discover and explore the opportunities and challenges in front of them. I encourage you to explore our website for more information about our Institutes, International Languages and Culture, and Experiential programs as just some of the unique programs offered here at the College.

    We hope that you come join us in our pursuit toBe Bold, Be Brave, and Be Ready.

    À la veille de notre 40eanniversaire, West Island College continue de servir humblement les élèves et les familles qui franchissent nos portes. Notre communauté est unie et toujours à la recherche de l’excellence, élèves, citoyens, amis et professionnels confondus.

    À WIC, nos élèves peuvent bénéficier non seulement de programmes académiques rigoureux en anglais et en immersion française, mais aussi de nombreuses opportunités pour approfondir leurs centres d’intérêt et leurs passions. Ils peuvent choisir les beaux-arts, les affaires, l'athlétisme, le leadership, l'ingénierie, les domaines de la santé, les voyages internationaux et l'éducation de plein air, pour ne citer que quelques-unes des nombreuses voies proposées.

    À WIC, nous cultivons et chérissons ce sentiment d'appartenance, facteur clé de notre bien-être en tant qu'individu. Nous cherchons à développer de nombreuses opportunités pour nos élèves afin qu’ils trouvent leur place au collège et qu’ils s’y épanouissent. Ce sont des atouts qui vont leur permettre d'aller de l'avant dans leur vie de jeune adulte.

    À WIC, nous sommes fiers de faire partie du cercle des innovateurs et des entrepreneurs de Calgary. Nos élèves ont leur avenir en main. Nous sommes fiers de marcher à leurs côtés alors qu'ils découvrent et explorent les opportunités et les défis qui se présentent à eux. Je vous encourage à explorer notre site Web pour obtenir plus d'informations sur nos Instituts, nos langues, nos cultures internationales et nos programmes novateurs, qui ne représentent que quelques-uns des exemples uniques offerts à WIC.

    Nous espérons que, comme nous, vous adopterez notre devise: «soyezaudacieux, courageux et prêts».

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    How Extroverted kids fit with West Island College's dimensions:

    • Big school (151+ students)

      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.”

    • Language immersion school

      If you’re considering a language immersion school for your extroverted child, make sure it offers a wide range of social opportunities, including the ability to interact with kids outside of class. Since most of your child’s learning won’t be in their mother tongue, they may find it challenging at times to negotiate the complexities of social interaction in the classroom. This makes it especially important to ensure the school offers extensive extracurriculars—such as volunteering, sports teams, and arts programs—which will help your child satisfy their need to interact and make friends.

    How Introverted kids fit with West Island College's dimensions:

    • Big school (151+ students)

      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.”

    • Language immersion school

      If you’re considering a language immersion school for your introverted child, make sure it offers plenty of social opportunities, including the ability to interact with different peer groups outside of class. Since most of your child’s learning won’t be in their mother tongue, they may find it challenging at times to negotiate the complexities of social interaction in the classroom. This makes it especially important to ensure the school offers extensive extracurriculars—such as student council, volunteering, and team sports—which can enable your child to connect with peers, make new friends outside of class, overcome their shyness, and develop critical social skills.

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