Welcome to West Island College 

It is my pleasure to welcome you to West Island College where relationships are central,
and our community truly sets us apart. We strive to get to know each student and to provide a safe, caring and inclusive school community where students can find their voice, discover their passions, take risks in their learning, be involved in the life of the College, and reach their full potential. This is a place where students can dream, explore, thrive and make lifelong friends.

Our purpose, promise and commitments guide everything that we do at West Island College. We believe in educating young people to be brave, confident, empathetic and compassionate individuals who are engaged in the world around them and want make a difference. We recognize the capability that exists within each student, and offer a myriad of enriched learning opportunities within and outside of the classroom, that inspire students to be curious, creative and strive for excellence in all that they do.

Our master teachers inspire, support and challenge students to meet high standards and to fulfill our promise to imagine and create our best selves and futures. We are committed to developing in students the knowledge, skills and attributes to be equipped and successful for post-secondary studies and beyond. Our goal is to prepare students to be contributing global citizens of society and to be future leaders.

At West Island College, we focus on values, character education, leadership, creativity, and developing the whole student while also providing rigorous academics, unparalleled real-world learning opportunities, as well as a myriad of athletic and co-curricular programs.

I encourage you to explore our website and discover what makes West Island College such a wonderful place to work, learn, play. Come and visit us. You will soon discover our remarkable students, our outstanding faculty who inspire, support and challenge our students to be the best that they can be, and our exemplary alumni who remain connected to the College and are making a difference in the world every day.

BE BOLD. BE BRAVE. BE READY.

Chantal Gionet
Head of School
West Island College

C’est avec grand plaisir que je vous accueille à West Island College, où les relations humaines sont primordiales, et où l’esprit de communauté nous permet de nous démarquer. Nous nous efforçons d’apprendre à connaître chaque élève, à fournir une communauté scolaire sécuritaire, bienveillante et inclusive où les élèves peuvent trouver leur voix, découvrir leurs passions, prendre des risques dans leur apprentissage, participer à la vie de West Island College et atteindre leur plein potentiel. C’est un endroit où les élèves peuvent rêver, explorer, prospérer et se faire des amis pour la vie.

Toutes nos actions à West Island College reposent sur nos trois piliers centraux à savoir notre but, notre promesse et nos engagements. Nous voulons inculquer à nos élèves l’ambition de devenir des individus courageux, confiants, ouverts à autrui et susciter en eux une volonté de contribuer aux progrès de l’humanité. Nous reconnaissons les aptitudes qui existent dans chaque élève, et leur offrons une myriade de possibilités et d’apprentissages à l’intérieur et à l’extérieur de la salle de classe. Il s’agit de les inciter à être curieux, créatifs et à viser l’excellence dans tout ce qu’ils entreprennent.

Nos enseignants encouragent les élèves à relever des défis et à honorer notre promesse d’imaginer et de créer des citoyens du monde et des êtres humains responsables. Nous nous engageons à développer chez les élèves leurs connaissances, leurs compétences scolaires et leurs attributs afin de les préparer à la réussite de leurs études postsecondaires et au-delà. Notre objectif est d’enseigner aux élèves à devenir des citoyens du monde impliqués dans la société et à devenir de futurs entrepreneurs.

À West Island College, nous voulons transmettre à nos élèves des valeurs bien précises qui leur serviront tout au long de leur vie, notamment l’esprit d’initiative et la créativité pour qu’ils deviennent des personnes accomplies, dotées d’un bagage universitaire rigoureux, conciliant à la fois des expériences d’apprentissage dans le monde réel et une vaste connaissance des programmes athlétiques et d’activités parascolaires.

Je vous encourage à explorer notre site Internet et à découvrir ce qui fait de West Island College un endroit merveilleux pour travailler, apprendre et jouer. Venez nous rendre visite. Vous découvrirez bientôt nos brillants élèves, notre équipe exceptionnelle qui inspire, soutient et défie nos élèves afin qu’ils atteignent leur potentiel, et nos anciens diplômés qui restent impliqués dans la vie du College tout en exerçant une influence positive sur le monde.

SOYEZ AUDACIEUX. SOYEZ COURAGEUX. SOYEZ PRÊT.

Chantal Gionet
Chef d’établissement
West Island College

Purpose, Promise & Commitments

Our Purpose

We unleash the potential of passionate and creative problem solvers , ready to contribute to a better world

At WIC…
You can be strong and sure of who you are and what you can do.
You can be brave, exploring outside of your comfort zone.
You can fail without fear, knowing there’s a whole community behind you.
You can be inventive, outrageous, playful and fun.
You can be gentle, thoughtful and introspective.
You can learn without limits and wonder without walls.
You can be part of something bigger – a team, a family, a community.
You can be the most authentic version of you.
You can be fierce in your path, wherever it takes you.
You can be anything, because at WIC, it’s your future to own.

Own Your Future

Our Promise

We challenge, inspire and support one another as we create and imagine our best futures.

Our Commitments

Confidence

WIC students are ready for the challenges and opportunities life presents them. They grow strong, self-assured and motivated by each WIC experience. Through academic rigour and a supportive environment, our students become resilient problem-solvers who believe they can, and will achieve what they set out to do.

Creativity

Together WIC students and faculty build a powerful culture of creativity that is without boundaries. We are critical thinkers who challenge ideas, pave new paths and encourage inventiveness whenever possible.

Connection

As a close-knit community, we know and care about each other. We foster an environment where students can feel supported while building their futures.

Faculty Credo

We support a philosophy that has the interests of the individual child as the focus.

Children have needs which we are responsible for fulfilling:
They need to be loved, so it is our responsibility to treat our students with love, kindness and respect.
They need to be guided, so it is our responsibility to model the behavior that we expect of them.
They need to be encouraged and challenged, so it is our responsibility to be enthusiastic, well prepared and flexible in our teaching.
They need to belong, so it is the responsibility to all of us, staff and students, to generate a sense of community within the school and an appreciation of our place in the community at large.

As a community:
We should take pride both in our accomplishments and in the accomplishments of our fellows.
We should be proud of the bilingual heritage of our country and in the bilingual nature of our school.
We should work with the school community to generate in all members of this community a sense of respect for ourselves, for our fellows,
for our diversity and for the school.
We should work to generate a sense of commitment both to the school and to the larger community of which we are a part.
To achieve these goals, we will work together harmoniously and honour our commitments.

We are WIC

A premier, independent, post-secondary preparatory school located in the southeast quadrant of the City of Calgary, we are a co-educational, bilingual day school for high achieving students. Since our founding in 1982, we have attained a reputation for nurturing outstanding academic achievements, inspiring community service, and catering to the personal development of each student. Additionally, students also come from Okotoks, Bragg Creek and Cochrane.

At WIC, 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. WIC 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 future.

In addition to exceptional teachers and staff, 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. These are just some of the incredible advantages of being a WIC student.

Through WIC’s International Studies program, authentic student leadership opportunities, Outdoor Education and WIC’s Business, Health Sciences, Engineering and Liberal Arts Institutes, students are challenged to go beyond their comfort zones and discover what experiential learning really means. The current enrollment is 550 students in small class sizes from Grades 7 to 12. Historically, between 98 to 100 percent of WIC graduates transition to post-secondary education.

Students are selected to attend WIC on the basis of their performance on standardized entrance tests where average intellectual potential and skill acquisition, as a minimum, must be demonstrated. In addition, students must display social maturity commensurate with their age at the time of testing. This maturity is evaluated during a personal interview and through guided letters of reference.

Strategic Plan

WIC is proud to be a vibrant part of the Calgary community, dedicated to inspiring students to rise to the challenges of contributing to a better world. Our 2015 – 2018 Strategic Plan provides the framework for our continual growth and development within our continued
commitment to high standards.

Our Priorities

  1. Enrich our academic program, ensuring rigour and relevance for today’s learners
  2. Empower our team of master teachers and professional staff to deliver on our vision
  3. Nurture relationships within and beyond the school
  4. Provide unparalleled real world learning experiences
  5. Ensure a sustainable future for the college.
VIEW THE STRATEGIC PLAN

Board of Directors

West Island College is operated by The West Island College Society of Alberta, which in turn is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors focuses on long term strategic and governance issues only, at arm’s length from the educational, leadership, management and daily operations of the College. It is comprised of parents, alumni and community members. 

Ross Bentley – Chair
Read Bio


Carey Booth
Read Bio


Dr. Vivian Hill
Read Bio


Saskia Knight ’05
Read Bio


Ward Mallabone
Read Bio


Jim McEvoy
Read Bio


Rob Nieuwesteeg
Read Bio


Sean O’Connor
Read Bio


Boris Rassin
Read Bio


Brian Ross ’01
Read Bio


Ranny Shibley ’01
Read Bio


Ellie Siebens
Read Bio


Bob Sutton
Read Bio


Tim Watson
Read Bio

The Leadership Team at WIC

Head of School and CEO
Chantal Gionet

Chief Operations Officer
Gord Goodwin

Manager, Human Resources/Corporate Services
Carla Huhn

Business Manager
Gail Faszer

Deputy Head of School/Head of Senior School
John Reid

Head of Junior School
Dave Horn

Dean of Junior Students
Tracy Armitage

Head of Student Services
Lori Gonzalez

Executive Director of Advancement
Debra Klippenstein

Chief Innovation Officer & Head of Strategic Planning and Initiatives
Scott Bennett

Head of Athletics and Experiential Learning
Todd Larsen

Head of Admissions
Jim Rieder

Administrator of Alumni Relations Development
Rolly Chalifoux

Directors

Director of Procurement, Special Events and Alumni
Tina Butz

Director of Marketing and Communications
Meaghan Mueller

Director of International Languages and Culture
Sandrine Berezowski

Director of International Studies
Tara Law

Director of Facilities and Grounds
Ben Ginzberg

Director of Grade 7 Studies
Dawn Meckelborg

Director of Student Leadership
John Davidson

Directors of Post-Secondary Advising
Malcolm Rennie and Steve Smith

Chief Technology Officer
Mitchell Matula

Human Resources

West Island College is dedicated to welcoming energetic, dedicated and innovative teachers and staff who share our vision of building confident, creative and connected young people.

It is our purpose to unleash the potential of passionate and creative problem solvers, ready to contribute to a better world. It is our promise to challenge,
inspire and support one another as we imagine and create our best futures.

We are proud to offer competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, and a commitment to professional development opportunities.
If you are interested in pursuing a career at WIC, please visit the page below:

Work @ WIC

For more information please contact:

Carla Huhn
Manager of Corporate and Human Resource Services
403.255.5300 ext. 265
carlahuhn@mywic.ca

Contact WIC

West Island College
Main Office

7410 Blackfoot Trail S.E.
Calgary, Alberta
T2H 1M5
Tel: (403) 255-5300
Fax: (403) 252-1434
office@mywic.ca

Communications

communications@mywic.ca

Admissions
The Annexe

7530 Blackfoot Trail S.E.
Calgary, Alberta
T2H 1M5
Tel: (403) 444-0023
Fax: (403) 444-2820
admissions@mywic.ca