Cutting Edge Program

Education for the future before us

The Problem

Teacher. Desk. Study. Test. Forget. Repeat.

Graduate.

Why is school still like this?

Conventional public and private schools were designed in the 1800s to prepare youth for industrial factory jobs.

The world has changed.  Fundamentally, schools have not.

Peter Scott

Futurist and NASA Contractor

“My job is to understand how technology is changing the world and help people deal with those changes. No previous generation has ever faced as much disruption as is starting now, and the old models of education - memorizing information in rows of desks - won't serve students or the world that needs them.

High school students are capable of more autonomy, innovation, and initiative than we have ever given them credit for.  I'm looking at you, Greta Thunberg!  They need a school that helps them unlock their power to become leaders and communicators, and to form teams to solve hard problems together. They need a school that has the outlook and ability to stay ahead of exponential change and rapidly adapt to both crisis and immense opportunity.

Westmont shows me that they get it.”

Westmont Solution

Since 2018 Westmont has been designing and fine tuning its ground-breaking high school program to better prepare students for a rapidly changing present and future.  

We’re ready to scale up!  Classes of 15-20 students are planned for fall 2022.

4 Main Differences to Conventional Public or Private School

Student Led Learning

What is it?

You choose what to learn and when, within boundaries 😉

So?

When you choose what to learn, you’ll find yourself naturally interested. And get this, you’re much more likely to remember what you learn for a long, long time–and often want to dive deeper later. 

How?

You make a work plan with your teacher. Then it’s on you. Teachers are now guides, not disciplinarians. Learn differently? This method rocks.

Conventional School

You’re told what to learn and when. Ever been bored or disengaged from a class?  How much did you remember two weeks after the test?

Experiential, Integrated Learning

What is it?

You tackle projects instead of classes. Projects are real world and incorporate several curriculum topics. Because that’s how your adult work will look!  

So?

When you understand relationships between subjects, you build real knowledge and start to develop wisdom.  Inside a project, your knowledge and earned wisdom are much more likely to stick than in a stand alone class. 

How?

Each year you’ll get to experience 4 – 8 week project cycles with breaks in between.  In year 12 you do one deep dive thesis project lasting 32 weeks!  You’re fully supported the entire way through the journey.  

Conventional School

You learn in separate classes and mostly from books or exercises.  Have you ever wondered what the relevance of a class is to your life or work?  

Dispersed vs. Desk Learning

WHAT IS IT?

Getting out into the real world into different locations and environments that make the learning REAL.

SO?

You know that you learn best by doing and in understanding how something is relevant or useful.

how?

2 days a week Westmont high school students will be off campus at partner work sites or nature settings.  

Conventional School

Buzzer.  Class.  Desk.  Listen.  Practice.  Study.  Test.  Forget?

Partnered Learning

What is it?

Westmont is partnering with a diversity of organizations on Vancouver Island to provide access and experiences for our High School Students. No one school could ever assemble the options possible with a partnership model.  

SO?

Variety is interesting to all humans. Shouldn’t school be the same?

HOW?

In addition to 2 days a week off campus, we’ll bring the world onto our campus through technology. The globe is literally at our fingertips these days. 

Conventional School

Learning is 90% done on school grounds. 

Key Elements at Westmont High

University Guidance

The Westmont educational journey begins on your first day at school, as we seek to prepare you to thrive, dream and find your passions as you look toward potential post secondary opportunities and being equipped for an ever-changing world. 

We will guide our students in finding universities and directions that are good matches, and offer individual guidance on:

  1. Procedures and timelines
  2. Application expectations
  3. Identifying and connecting you to volunteer and extracurricular activities needed for successful entry into many universities today
  4. Help with essay writing
  5. Help with standardized exam preparation, such as SATs 
  6. Interview preparation and university selection
  7. Scholarship opportunities and visits

Our advisors will work one-on-one with you starting in Grade 8 helping you to discover, explore and pursue your passions and to create a pathway to post secondary education both nationally and internationally.

 

STRUCTURED MENTORSHIP

Work Smart AND Hard!

That’s a key formula for success in your life.  Smart people who want to accomplish a lot know to seek out mentors and learn from their acquired wisdom and past mistakes.  Why tackle life alone?

5 Benefits of Westmont’s New Mentorship Program

1

Get support in finding out what you want to do after high school

2

Learn proven strategies for getting a job

3

Understand yourself better and how to build strong relationships

4

Learn how to mentor someone else that you can help

5

Get ideas and tools for tackling the biggest challenges in your life

If you wish, Westmont’s new mentorship program will pair you with a deeply experienced professional in an area of interest to you.  Using a proven framework, together you’ll explore the top 3 challenges you feel like you’re facing this year, whatever those may be!

A few of our mentors…

Peter Scott

Futurist and NASA Contractor

Debra Bernier

Successful Artist

Greg Nuk

Serial Entrepreneur

Ying Lee (Michelle Lee)

C-Level Retail Executive, China Expert

My Education Journey

Future Before Us Education

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