|West Island College|
Old Logo of WIC
|School type||Private preparatory school|
(The pursuit of excellence)
|Founder||Terry D. Davies|
West Island College (WIC) is a system of three Canadian private schools: West Island College Montreal, founded in 1974, West Island College Calgary, founded in 1982; and Class Afloat-West Island College International, founded in 1984.
While the schools historically shared varying levels of affiliation, each school now operates independently. A West Island College school was opened briefly in Ottawa, Ontario, but is no longer in operation.[additional citation(s) needed]
|West Island College Montreal|
851 Tecumseh, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Québec
|School fees||$4,392 + $200 Contract Signing|
West Island College Montreal was the first West Island school to open and was founded in 1974 to provide an academic program dedicated to preparing students for post secondary education. It was first established in Pointe-Claire, Quebec, on Montreal's West Island, an area at the western end of the island of Montreal. The school moved to its present location in Dollard-des-Ormeaux in 1978 in order to accommodate a growing student body. Today West Island College in Montreal has an annual enrolment of 400 students, and includes both a French school and an English school housed within the same facility.
West Island College Calgary was opened in 1982 to provide an academic program dedicated to preparing students for post secondary education. The original campus was located in Riverbend and opened with 40 students. They then moved to the Fairview campus on Fife road. The school moved to its present location at 7410 Blackfoot Trail S.E., Calgary in 1994 in order to accommodate a growing student body. The college has expanded to a second building adjacent to the original site. Today West Island College in Calgary has an annual enrolment of 550+ students, and includes both a French immersion track and an English track housed within the same facility.
In 1984 the United Nations, under the banner of "International Youth Year", invited schools and agencies worldwide to interpret the themes of "participation, development, and peace". Founder of West Island College, Terry Davies, interpreted those themes by taking a group of students and teachers on an extended field trip aboard the chartered sailing vessel Pogoria to visit other students in countries around the world.
In 1992 the school commissioned the building of their own ship, the S/V Concordia.
|West Island College Calgary|
7410 Blackfoot Trail S.E. Calgary, Alberta
|Principal||Danielle Lamoureux (Senior School) Dave Horn (Junior School)|
|Head of school||Chantal Gionet|
|Houses||Davies, Bedard, Goodall, Grant|
|School fees||$16,120 CDN for Alberta Residents|
During the 2008/2009 year, the school operated a second vessel named the SY Fryderyk Chopin in addition to the S/V Concordia. Students enrolled in the high school program were placed upon the Concordia, while students in the gap year program were placed on the Fryderyk Chopin.
|Class Afloat--West Island College International|
|School type||Sailing; Experiential Education|
|Motto||Learn. Sail. Discover.|
On February 17, 2010, The Concordia was knocked down in a squall and subsequently sank, about 550 km from the coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. All the passengers and the crew were rescued without serious injuries by two merchant ships after being located by the Brazilian Navy. In the aftermath WIC Calgary severed its ties with the program and no longer sponsors it. However, WIC Calgary students are still allowed to partake in the voyage.
Class Afloat continues to be a co-educational sailing program that provides high school credit to students while living aboard a tall ship. Since 2014 Class Afloat has chartered the Dutch Flag ship Gulden Leeuw; for four years before that, that the SS Sørlandet, a fully rigged Norwegian vessel, built in 1927.
The ship operates with a full complement of professional crew, administration, teachers and students. It sailed a different route every year and it circumnavigated the globe many times.
Students enrolled can sail for one or two semesters during which time they learn seamanship and work as crew members while earning high school or university credit with help from their on board teachers. Port programs in the cities visited provide the students with an opportunity to meet and interact with other cultures, giving them an international perspective on their education. Since the first voyage, more than 1,700 students have attended and the voyages combined have sailed more than 700,000 nautical miles to over 250 ports of call worldwide. Any student from grades 11, 12, university or gap year may take part in Class Afloat so long as they pass the application process.
This article is missing information about the Heads of School at the other WIC campuses.March 2019)(
|1982-2009||Jack A. Grant|