Westboro Academy

A truly bilingual school since 1993

Grades 7-8

DSC_3410_group

Our middle school program emphasizes critical thinking, problem solving, strong study skills and all curriculum areas are applied to today’s world and our society by direct links to current events: locally, nationally and internationally. Personal relevance and application to real world situations form an important part of the studies at this level. Grade 7 and 8 students approach their work with greater autonomy. The theories derived from Howard Gardner’s research on multiple intelligences are applied to the students’ assignments. Students investigate their own personal intelligence profile as well as their personal learning style while recognizing that we are capable of learning under almost any style.

Learning and Life Skills in the Middle School

Middle school is a time of transition. Students at this level are able to take on greater responsibility and leadership. They also have increasing needs for academic and social independence. We recognize these traits and have designed the middle school program to meet the unique needs of the students. New courses are introduced at this level to help students succeed with the increasing academic demands and to prepare them for high school and the years beyond. In grade 7, students take part in a weekly course “Study and Organizational Skills”. In grade 8, the preparation course is called “Getting Ready for High School”. This also takes place weekly and is designed to help students succeed both socially and academically with their transition. Our middle school students gain many privileges only available at this level. These privileges are designed to help them practice being responsible in a safe environment. Furthermore, opportunities for leadership are abundant. Middle school students can develop leadership skills by participating on the Students Council, being House Captains, Admissions Ambassadors, tutors and more.  Westboro Academy provides a perfect balance of a safe environment that still allows the middle school students to grow into responsible and mature young adults that demonstrate leadership and good citizenship. Science students in grades 7 and 8 at Westboro Academy have the opportunity to explore the course content through laboratory work, field trips, hands-on exploration and a study of theory and practice of Science. For these programs we continue to follow the Ontario curriculum for science and the courses are taught in English by a certified teacher that is a science specialist. The courses are taught using a block schedule model. This means that the course is delivered in blocks of a full half day per week. The longer sessions mean that there are greater opportunities for projects, in-depth explorations and more complete investigations. Our grade 7 and science students have represented the school and the City at the Ottawa Regional Science Fair held annually. Our students graduate fully prepared for the challenges ahead. Our graduates go on to many different types of learning environments, both in French and in English, having acquired the foundation they need to navigate high school, and life’s challenges.