Admissions Process


The outline below is an overview of the admissions process. Further down the page you will find details of our ADMISSIONS POLICIES and info on TUITION COSTS as well as details around SUITABILITY.

Step 1 – Tour

If it is at all possible, we encourage any interested families to come and visit our campus. Westmont has tours available every Thursday morning, during the school year, to see our programs in action.

No tours are available July and August.

Book a visit!

Step 2 – Apply

Please complete an Application form. This can be dropped of at the school with the Application Fee.

Please submit any supporting documents as required, i.e. report cards, diagnostic testing, occupational therapy reports, etc.

Application Form

Step 3 – Student Visit

Westmont does require that all students have a mandatory visit so that teachers can get to know your child. This visit is a half day for Early Primary and two days for Elementary/Middle School.

Step 4 – Enrolment

Enrolment may happen after the student visit. Successful enrolment depends upon available spaces, suitability for the program, and the ability to meet any special learning needs a student may have.


Dr. Montessori believed that children learned best by doing, not by passively accepting the ideas and pre-existing knowledge of others.

Admissions Policies

The Admissions Team typically consists of the following members of the West-Mont staff:

  • Admissions Coordinator
  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Resource Teacher
  • Classroom Team
  1. Parent completes Application form and submits Application Fee.
  2. Parent submits any supporting documents that may be required, i.e. diagnostic testing, occupational therapy reports, etc.
  3. The Admissions Co-ordinator reviews records and contacts references. If warranted, West-Mont may request additional documentation and/or references from the parent based on these preliminary calls.
  4. The Admissions Co-ordinator shares student record with the classroom team, and if warranted, the resource teacher.
  5. Student is invited for a half day preliminary visit. This time will be used as an information gathering period.
  6. Admissions Team evaluates the application based on the school’s ability to support the student and will extra resources be needed to support the student?  If so, is funding available?
  7. Three results can come from this evaluation:
    a. The student is accepted into the program
    b. The student is put in the waiting pool for the program.
    c. The student is declined admission into the program
  1. Parent completes Application form and submits Application Fee.
  2. Parent submits school records and contact information for a teacher from the student’s current / previous school.
  3. The Admissions Co-ordinator reviews records and contacts references. If warranted, West-Mont may request additional documentation and/or references from the parent based on these preliminary calls.
  4. The Admissions Co-ordinator shares student record with the classroom team, and if warranted, the resource teacher.
  5. Student is invited for a two-day preliminary visit. This time will be used as an information gathering period to determine accuracy of school records and as an opportunity for referral to the resource teacher for assessment if needed
  6. Admissions Team evaluates the application. This evaluation needs to be based on the criteria detailed above and summarized here:
  7. Is the school able to support the student?
  8. Will extra resources be needed to support the student?  If so, is funding available?
  • Will this student contribute to the school culture?
  • How does the family support the student? How will the family be supportive of the school?
  • Are there any financial reasons this student should not be admitted to the school?
  1. Two results can come from this evaluation:
    1. The student is accepted into the program on a 90-day probationary period. During this 90-day probationary period, families will be informed of any concerns that arise and will be given every opportunity to work with the school to address any concerns that arise. If it is determined by West-Mont during the 90-day probationary period for new enrolments that the student will be asked to withdraw from the program (due to concerns going unaddressed or minimal progress), the parent/guardian forfeits any tuition paid to date, and is expected to settle any outstanding arrears.  If tuition has been paid in full, the school will refund the equivalent of the remaining monthly installment payments. West-Mont will return in full the student bond and deposit paid.
    2. The student is declined admission into the program.
West-Mont recognizes that a Montessori program of instruction is able to accommodate a much larger range of learner needs than a conventional program. However, there are limits to what can be accommodated within the typical Montessori curriculum for a specific developmental realm.

It is also important to recognize that Montessori programs differ from the conventional model in that the programs are multiple years in duration, with mixed age groupings in each class:

  • Lower Elementary: 3 years (Grades 1-3 in a conventional setting)
  • Upper Elementary: 3 years (Grades 4-6 in a conventional setting)
  • Middle School: 2 years (Grades 7-8 in a conventional setting)

With multiple year programs, students who enter into the program part way through a cycle, i.e. in year 2 or 3 of a 3 year program, may miss content that might be covered in a different sequence than in the conventional setting.

Students who are coming from a conventional system into a Montessori program face the additional challenge of learning to use Montessori materials. This is not an insurmountable concern as the Montessori materials typically make the curriculum easier to comprehend and are intuitive in nature. However, it is an aspect worth considering particularly for students who have additional learning needs.

Finally, students who have been enrolled in a Montessori program from the start of their schooling have developed “executive functioning” skills that allow them to be self-directed, self-disciplined, and independent learners. Students who come late to a Montessori program, and find success, are those students who have fostered a certain level of independence within the conventional system.

Impact on the Social Dynamic

Due to the smaller student groups we purposely create within our classrooms, the impact of adding an additional student into the social mix needs to be considered. More often than not, this does not pose a problem as our West-Mont student body is very welcoming and non-discriminatory. We also have a varied student body in terms of social, ethnic, and economic background.


  • Tuition & Fees

    Interested in what it costs to attend Westmont. Details on tuition and fees can be found below.

  • Uniforms

    Follow this link. Cambridge Uniforms

  • Withdrawals

    Follow this link. Withdrawal Policy

Tuition


Westmont fees cover all the costs of our outstanding program with the exception of a nominal fee for school supplies in the fall. If you have more than one child please note that our sibling discounts are the best in the Victoria.

Westmont School strives for complete clarity in our fee structure, and to keep our fees competitive and affordable, and to offer excellent value.

Early Primary-Kindergarten 2017-18

Elementary and Middle School 2017-18

One Bond per Family $5000 One time, fully refundable.

West-Mont School is a school that is committed to academic excellence and a caring learning environment. West-Mont and its Board of Directors, The Western Communities Montessori Society (WCMS), recognizes that in order to offer a program based on these standards of excellence and to create the environment that maximizes the potential of its students, investment in the appropriate facilities and equipment is required.

In September 1998, the WCMS Board located, purchased and moved West-Mont School to its current wonderful site in Metchosin. In order to provide the necessary capital for this investment, the refundable Student Bond Program was established. (The Student Bond was replaced by the “Family Bond” in April 2009.) The on-going purpose of the bond program is to support the capital plan used to fund the long term capital needs of the School.

> More Info can be found at this link.

Youngest child Full fees
2nd youngest child 25% reduction of tuition fees
3rd and subsequent children 40% reduction of tuition fees
Capital ($350/year) per family $29.17/mo.
Before & After School Daycare
(if used)
$2.00 per ¼ hour
School Supply Fee   EP/K $3.50  |  Low. Elem. $5.25 Up. Elem. $7.50  Mid. School $9.50
Volunteer Levy $250/family  (Paid via automatic bank transfer on June 15, 2016 if the required 12 volunteer hours have not been satisfied)
Uniform $300 – $500 estimated annual cost

Uniforms

School Uniform

Westmont’s uniform supplier is Cambridge Uniforms. Westmont is proud to support a Vancouver manufacturer that can supply our families with
a great quality, properly sized uniform
in a timely manner.
MORE INFO >

Cambridge Uniforms

Uniforms can be ordered on the web at
www.cambridgeuniforms.com using the school code EST303, or by phone at 1-800-924-9069.

Click to go to Cambridge Uniforms

Athletic Uniform

Vancouver-based company Lionheart supplies athletic gear and field trip shirts for West-Mont students. Athletic t-shirts, shorts, hoodies, and sweatshirts are top quality and reasonably priced. MORE INFO >

Lionheart Athletic Wear

Orders are placed by the school periodically throughout the year. Annually in the Spring sample racks are set up to allow families to see, feel , and try on the gear for sizing. Online ordering is not available at this time.

Withdrawals

The withdrawal of a student at any time after enrolment or re-enrolment reduces the school’s revenue, but not its’ operating costs. It may also affect decisions and commitments regarding staffing and class configurations that have already been made.


Therefore, once a student is enrolled or re-enrolled at West-Mont Montessori, the parents/guardians are expected to make a financial commitment for the full year. However, there are sometimes serious, unforeseen circumstances that cause a parent/guardian to permanently withdraw a student.

Contact Admissions

  • Barb Lewis, Admissions Coordinator
  • 250.474.2626
  • admissions@west-mont.ca

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