Welcome to Westmount Mid-High Admissions

Thank you for considering Westmount Charter School’s Mid-High Campus. We offer a congregated setting for students who are gifted. To apply to our campus, your child must have completed a Psychological Assessment indicating your child is gifted and it must be current (within the past 3-5 years).

Note that the Mid-High application dates and process are significantly different from the Elementary application dates and process.

Each grade 5-12 applicant is considered with great care. Please review this Admissions page thoroughly, beginning with the Application Overview below, to understand what we look for in our admissions process.

**Applications for the 20/21 school year are now CLOSED for grades 5-9. 

Grade 10-12 applicants may contact joanne.reynolds@westmountcharter.com to request an application package

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Application Overview:

Please review this Application Overview Presentation in its entirety, as it will likely answer many of your questions.

Important Dates 

November 18, 2019

WE WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR

November 18, 2019 – Application Submission begins.

**Before submitting your application, please ensure that you have completed all steps on the application checklist, found on page 1 of  the application package. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

November 27, 2019

HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

High School Open House/Grade 9 Transition Evening 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. in the main gymnasium on the 2nd floor.

The Open House Presentation from 2018/2019 may be found here, along with other course information for our high school program and planning. There will be NO Open House for grade 5 – 8 due to limited spots available.

Office Closed

OFFICE CLOSED DATES.

The office will be closed November 11-15, December 20, 2019 – January 6, 2020 and February 17, 2020.

FEBRUARY 28, 2020

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Please take a moment to ensure you have included all supporting documentation, provided a primary email address that is checked daily and you have signed the application documents. We would highly recommend you read the PowerPoint presentation in its entirety prior to submitting your application so you fully understand our process. There is also extensive information below in the How Do I section and in Steps #1-4.

We will only accept applications hand-delivered to our main office. Should an applicant be out of the country etc. please contact admissions about making alternate arrangements.

April 2020

NOTIFICATION EMAIL

Notification Email

Families will be emailed with a recommendation of suitability for the Westmount Mid-High program. This is not an offer of space for the upcoming school year.  Offers of placement will be emailed specifically to families once available space has been determined.

Those who do not receive any notification email by April 24, 2020 should email registrar-midhigh@westmountcharter.com.

HOW DO I?

These are questions frequently asked (FAQ) by potential applicants.

To apply to Westmount Charter Mid-High (Grades 5-12), you must first review this admissions page thoroughly.  Once you are certain that your child has all of the requirements and documentation required for application.  Click on the Apply Now button on this page for the Application Package.  Application Deadline for the 2020/2021 school year: February 28, 2020. 

Each year, we are able to offer approximately 10-12 spaces in grade 5 only. These spaces only become available at this grade level to accomodate for the increase in class sizes from the elementary campus to the mid-high campus.  As in the past several years, we anticipate extremely limited space for grade 6-8 (less than 2 spaces per grade). You are welcome to apply, but we will not know of possible availability until our current students have re-registered in the Spring.  If everyone re-registers, there will be no spaces to offer.

We are usually able to offer a few spaces to grade 9 and 10 applicants. Space availability is dependent on the current grade 8 and 9 enrollment numbers and the proposed programming plans for the upcoming school year. Once our current students have re-registered for grade 9 and 10 we can finalizing our high school programming numbers and proceed with offers to new applicants

We have chosen not to offer open houses as we do not anticipate much movement for the upcoming school year. If we find we have a few spaces to offer for the next school year, we will offer a group tour to those families prior to asking them for a decision on whether they wish to accept their offer.

There is a grade 9 into 10 transition evening for our current grade 9 students who require further information about the grade 10 high school programming. Families who are new to Westmount, wishing to apply for grade 10 only, may attend this evening event at the school. This event will be held in the main gymnasium Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

It is recommended that you consult your physician or go to the following website for a list of Calgary psychologists: http://www.yellowpages.ca/search/si/1/Psychologists/Calgary+AB

Our students come from all over Calgary and the surrounding areas; you do not need to live near the school to attend. We have 12 school bus routes that provide transportation to Westmount at an additional cost to the family.

We accept the WISC-V, WAIS-IV, and the Stanford Binet. In order to meet our admission requirements, we are looking for a minimum FSIQ and/or GAI of 130 (+/- 5) on a WISC or a minimum FSIQ of 125 (+/- 5) on a Stanford Binet. Cognitive Assessments should be no older than 3-5 years.

If your child has had further or more in-depth assessment done, or is a diagnosed twice-exceptional learner, all information should be provided to ensure a complete student profile. Out of country testing must also be a standardized cognitive assessment and should be normed according to the country in which the child is residing.

We do not maintain a waitlist from year to year. Every year we anticipate limited space to offer at the mid-high campus. Any applicants we are not able offer space to are placed onto a temporary waitlist until the end of September of that particular school year. If we are not able to offer space at the end of that time period, the waitlist is dissolved and the applications are archived. Applicants are asked to re-apply if they are still interested in Westmount in future years. It sometimes may take a few years for a student to be successful in being offered a space. Our process is not first-come, first-served.

Grades 5-12 Application Process

It is important to review the grades 5-12 Application process below before you apply.  All information and forms necessary to apply may be found in step 3 below. We will only accept applications hand delivered to our main office.

All Grade 5-12 Applicants are Required to Submit a Psychological Assessment with Their Application.

  • We do not offer assessments through Westmount Charter School. (See #2).
  • All applicants for Grades 5-12 will be required to submit a psychological assessment with their application.
  • We will no longer accept CCAT testing as a valid assessment to include with your application.

Intelligence Testing (Psychological Assessment) must be completed.

Click HERE for important information on Giftedness and Intelligence Testing

Print, complete and submit your application package. (Application package available for download November 1, 2019)

  • Application packages Due: Anytime from November 18, 2019 to February 28, 2020 @ 3:00PM *The application process is not first-come, first-served

Note: The school will be closed December 20, 2019, to January 6, 2020 and February 17, 2020. We will be unable at accept applications during this time period.

5-12 Guide to Application Information – Click here to Read.

*Electronic Applications will not be accepted.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Application for Admission, which includes:

  • Application Checklist
  • Demographic Overview
  • Application Form
  • Parent Inventory form Finding Potential (PIP) form
  • Teacher Inventory of Learning Strengths (TILS) form.

Photocopies of the following:

  • 1 copy of Psychological Assessment
  • Birth Certificate
  • Immigration Documentation (If applicable; ideally in the form of a Permanent Residency Card, but may also include a Work Visa, Student Visa, Permanent Landed Immigrant papers or a Canadian Citizenship card). Passports are not considered valid ID.
  • Copy of current grades
  • Social/behavioural assessment summary document (If any)
  • An IPP associated with intensive behavioural intervention funding, primary unit funding (PUF), or severe disabilities funding (if any).

**The office cannot make photocopies for you**

Please do not call the office to find out the status of your application. We will contact applicants by email if they are being considered for an available spot.

An initial email will be sent to the primary email address you have provided on the application showing “Receipt” of the application package in the subject line. By the end of March you will receive an “Update” email indicating the status of your students application and where we are in our admissions process. If we are able to offer a space for your student we will send a separate email with “Offer” in the subject line. An offer may be extended from the end of March through to the middle of September.

If you do not receive any notification email by April 24, 2020, please email registrar-midhigh@westmountcharter.com.