Westwood Elementary School is located south of Mohawk and north of Limeridge between Garth and West 5th. Built in the early 1960’s, the school is on a one floor plan. However, the school is built on a hill and there are steps between one wing of the school and another.
There are 12 classrooms for our JK-Grade 5 students. There is a library staffed by a part-time teacher-librarian. Westwood was the proud recipient of an Indigo Love of Reading grant for $65,000.00 in the 2015-2016 school year. There is a dedicated Physical Education teacher for students in grades 1-3. Westwood partners with a Public Health Nurse to have an active student Health Action Team. Westwood is a culturally diverse school community. There are over 30 different languages other than English that are spoken in the students’ homes. This represents almost 50% of the school’s population. Support for ESL students is given through a 0.4 ESL program.
Presently, there are 265 students and the school’s capacity is 350. We have a full-day, every-day JK/SK programme. All grades follow a balanced day schedule providing two nutritional breaks and three instructional periods of 100 minutes each. There is also one primary / junior autistic program which is housed in the school. Most of our students will go to Westview School for Grade 6.
School transportation consists of mini busses and taxis for the Special Education class and another bus that transports about 20 students that live outside the walking range. The majority of students walk to school.
Our school focus is to work together to build a school with a climate of high expectations through opportunities to learn amidst a safe and caring environment. Teachers plan collaboratively, set goals for students that are regularly measured for success, and incorporate the most effective teaching practices based on most up to date research.
At Westwood, we reach for the stars by doing our best, doing what’s right and believing that, “TOGETHER, WE’RE BETTER”