Programs of Study

Senior High School Program of Study:
A Post-Secondary Preparatory and Experiential Curriculum

It is our belief that the best way to prepare for the future is to capitalize on the opportunities of the present. With this in mind, West Island College offers an enriched, rigorous and relevant curriculum for all students in the High School program. Evidence of the College’s commitment to university preparation is seen in the High School’s implementation of the semester system – the system of choice for most universities – which prepares students for the faster delivery of course material. Furthermore, students have the opportunity to take numerous Advanced Placement courses which expose students to university-level concepts.

French Immersion

This curriculum is designed for students who, during their elementary and junior school education, opted for French immersion studies.

In following this curriculum, students have the opportunity to earn a Bilingual High School Diploma upon graduation. Approximately 60% of the instruction in this program is in French.

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Advanced Placement

An Advanced Placement (AP) program provides opportunities for motivated and academically-focused students to experience post-secondary level courses while in a supportive high school environment. Beginning in 1955, the College Board’s AP program is now recognized in over 120 countries and by over 4,000 universities and colleges around the world.

Why should students take Advanced Placement classes at WIC?

Advanced Placement (AP) coursework and exams help students prepare for post-secondary education. AP courses focus on critical inquiry, synthesis and research skills. Independent, creative and interdisciplinary thought are encouraged, as are teamwork and cross-cultural thinking. AP allows high school students to take courses that are challenging, rigorous and in-depth – exactly the kinds of courses they will experience in post-secondary.

WIC offers the following courses in AP:

  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chemistry
  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • English Literature
  • European History
  • French Language
  • Macro-Economics
  • Mirco-Economics
  • Psychology
  • Physics

Desire2Learn

WIC has implemented a learning management system which will enable students to access course content and a variety of learning tools in a secure, password-protected environment.

Blended Learning

At WIC we believe the relationships created and maintained in the building are central to all that happens at the College. Extending the learning beyond our walls need not alter the relationships or the quality of the learning environment. In fact, we can predict these will be enhanced through blended learning. Blended learning is the term used in the educational community to describe learning incorporating both classroom-based learning and online learning activities. In many ways this is not new to WIC, our teachers have always sought out those learning resources which would best be suited for their students.

About Desire2Learn

D2L is used in over 450 institutions globally, including universities, colleges, school boards and governments. Here in Alberta the Calgary Board of Education, The Calgary Catholic School District, Edmonton Catholic School District, and Alberta Learning’s Distance Education Centre all use Desire2Learn as their learning management system.

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Student Services

It is the mission of West Island College’s Student Services to foster physical, emotional and academic well-being through learning and personal education planning. The academic and personal supports offered at WIC continue the College’s tradition of learning beyond traditional curricular lines establishing the support networks and skills necessary to help students reach their full potential.

WIC Student Support Services Include:

  • Academic Counselling
  • Exam Accommodations
  • Learning Strategist
  • Math Central
  • myBlueprint
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Peer Support
  • Personal Counselling
  • Post-Secondary Advising
  • Student Success Centre
  • Teacher Advisor (TA) program

Our team endeavours to provide a holistic and integrated approach in response to the needs of our students while keeping with the College’s mission – to develop healthy habits of the heart and mind for a life of purpose and service – foremost in our minds.

For more information on WIC’s Student Services, please contact:

Ms. Lori Gonzalez
Head of Student Services
403.255.5300
lorigonzalez@mywic.ca

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