ABOVE & BEYOND

FAQ

What is the typical class size?

  • The average class size is 22 students with a total student population of 88 per grade level.

What grade levels are taught at WIC?

  • WIC is a secondary school that teaches levels I-V (grade 7 to 11). We do not have a Cegep program but we do have a Guidance Counsellor on site who works closely with each family to help them choose the best Cegep for their child.

Is a certificate of eligibility required?

  • The French school does not require a certificate of eligibility. Students in this program will have all courses taught in French but will benefit from socializing in a bilingual environment as well as having mother tongue English instruction (rather than English as a second language).
  • The English school requires a certificate of eligbility. To obtain a certificate or more information, please follow this link: www.mels.gouv.qc.ca

What is the difference between WIC's English and French schools?

The main difference between the two schools is that in the English school, Math, Science, Ethics, Study Methods and Computer Science are taught in English. The remaining courses are in French. They include: géographie, histoire, musique, arts plastiques, education physique and French. We are able to provide Mother Tongue French or Langue Seconde Enrichi (depending on the child’s placement). If your child does not have eligibility, they are welcome to apply to our French school. In the French school, the entirety of the subjects are taught in French and the French language instruction is Français langue maternelle. Students in the French school also benefit from an enriched English language course (rather than English as a second language) as well as the bilingual culture of the school.

How many hours of French and English instruction do secondary I students get in a typical week?

  • The number of hours of French instruction varies depending on the school. There are six (6) 54-minute period (classes) in a day.
  • There are 6 periods of français (langue seconde or maternelle) in a week.
  • There are 5 periods of English language arts in a week.

Do students have to choose an art option?

Our unique semester system allows us to offer both musique and arts plastiques in secondary I and II – each for two terms in the same year. [There are 4 terms in each school year for the junior school. A term is composed of 9 weeks.]

Is there a third language option?

In addition to the country’s two official languages, all students learn Spanish in secondary II. Students have the option to continue their Spanish studies in secondary III.

How is technology used at WIC?

We are a 1-1 school, which means that all students work with laptops in the classroom. In the 2014-15 academic year, students will be free to bring their own device to school. There is a technology fee (which covers licensing and the server)

Is there a uniform?

  • Our school is divided into junior and senior students. There are different uniforms for the two categories. There is a formal and “summer” uniform. All uniforms are available through Top Marks and our used uniform sale each June.
  • A brand new uniform can cost approximately $300-$350 (blazer, white crested polo shirt, sweater, pants or skirt/skort and gym uniform). Students are responsible for buying white blouses/dress shirts, black shoes that can be polished and overcoats.

Is there transportation?

Do you live in Laval or Ville St. Laurent? Ask us about our transportation option for 2015-16.

 

Our families also use a variety of transportation options:

  • The city bus # 208 stops in front of the school (at Tecumseh and Labrosse Street), which connects at Fairview Mall
  • Many people choose to share the driving by creating carpool with neighbouring students.
  • Bikes and scooters are allowed to park on campus at specified locations.

What is included in your fees?

In addition to those services prescribed by the MELS, WIC’s tuition includes training materials, report cards, costs associated with all ceremonies, excursions, field trips, and all other non-educational services including but not limited to lunchtime and after school supervision, individual or group tutoring, study groups, extra-help classes, outdoor education trips, extra-curricular activities, cost of transportation to and from all activities, association fees, cost of lodging and rental of equipment if applicable as well as the meal plan.

Do we have competitive sports teams?

Yes, WIC is part of the Greater Montreal Athletic Association (GMAA). We compete with all other member-schools, both public and private.

Where do most WIC students come from?

WIC students come from approximately 35 different private and public elementary schools in the West Island, off-island and Laval.