Westboro Academy

A truly bilingual school since 1993

Academic Excellence

At Westboro, we take our academics very seriously. We expect a lot from our students, and they expect a lot of themselves. We follow a combined curriculum from Ontario and from Quebec to meet the needs of our bilingual program. This way, our students are following the expectations for two first languages. There is no question that it is demanding, but our eager students, under the guidance of outstanding teachers, quickly rise to meet their full potential. We use the provincial curriculum standards as a starting point and enrich it wherever possible. Students explore learning from a variety of perspectives and develop strategies for problem solving and critical thinking. They become independent learners and high achievers who employ strategies of determination and organization as life tools that extend beyond school. While real learning and achievement are hard to measure, we are very proud of the results that are able to be measured. In the past, our students have participated in standardized testing through the use of The Canadian Test of Basic Skills, however, we now use the CAT-4. The CAT-4 is a nationally normed achievement test. Students writing this test are compared to the group of Canadian students used to norm the test; therefore, the results compare your child to the grade-appropriate, normed sample. Items on this test are curriculum items common to Canadian provinces and territories. The testing generates two reportable scores: percentile ranks and grade equivalents. A percentile rank indicates the percentage of Canadian, grade-six students in the spring term that would score the same or lower on the tested items. A score at the 50th percentile rank indicates an average score as half of the same-grade population would score better on the tested items and half the population would score lower on the tested items. A percentile rank of 91 indicates that 8% of the same-grade population would score higher on the tested items; whereas, 90% would not fare as well. A score between the 25th and 75th percentile rank indicates a score that falls within the average range (as compared to the Canadian-normed sample for that grade). Scores above the 75th percentile place the student in the top quarter of the population.  Grade-equivalent scores compare the student’s score against the average performance for a particular grade on the items tested. A grade-six student may score a grade equivalent of 8.3. This does not mean that (s)he is capable of mastering the grade-eight curriculum; it means that on the grade-six curriculum items tested by the CAT-4, the student demonstrated the same proficiency as an average student in grade eight during the third month (December – the .3 indicates the months completed). The score does not mean that the student has mastered curriculum items at the grade-eight level as (s)he has not been tested on items from the grade seven or eight courses of study. 

Westboro Academy Testing Results

Canadian Test of Basic Skills Canadian Achievement Test 4
Grade 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
3 Percentile 75th 90th 96th 94th 97th
Grade Equivalent 5.2 7.5 8.6 8.6 9.0
6 Percentile 91st 94th 95th 80th 84
Grade Equivalent 9.9 10.5 10.8 10.1 10.4

We are very proud of these results and consider them as valuable benchmarks for our program.