Westwood High School

 

 

About Westwood High School

 
 
 

Junior Campus

The Junior Campus bridges the gap between the small personal world of elementary school and the larger, more complex world of the senior school. The Junior Campus includes secondary I and II, about 490 students this year. Teachers, in each of the curriculum areas, work together to ensure that cross-disciplinary connections are made as often as possible. Teachers of the junior level are particularly sensitive to the rapid social, emotional, intellectual, physical development of their students.

 

Senior Campus

The Senior Campus is comprised of secondary III, IV and V. The school recognizes that students in the Senior Campus are significant participants in their own educational process. While students may still require considerable direction and guidance, they need some freedom to make personal decisions, to freely voice specific concerns, and to feel comfortable talking with adults about mature issues.

Teachers in Senior Campus recognize that they should play a less didactic role and must allow their students the opportunity to take greater responsibility for their own work. This year, the Senior Campus houses approximately 700 secondary students, from secondary III to V, and has a long tradition of academic excellence and constructive discipline. As a result our students do very well and approximately 90% of our graduates go on to further studies at Cegeps (college) and vocational schools.

 

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

In the early 1800's, attracted by the gently rolling farmland just beyond the western tip of the island of Montreal, immigrant families arrived from the English county of Cumberland to settle along the Lake of Two Mountains, which forms part of the Ottawa River. Here they put down roots and, as a result, many local families can trace their heritage back almost two centuries. Today, it is still evident that the populace of the town has endeavored to maintain its original ambience as a small country village. Tree-lined Main Road hugs the shoreline of the Lake of Two Mountains and you will pass rose covered arbors, cottages with fanciful names and gardens lovingly tended. Numerous schools have been built in this area, starting in 1805 with a log cabin. Hudson High School, now Westwood Senior High School, is a school with the longest history. It was found on Cote St. Charles Road which links Main Road to the Trans-Canada Highway. The decision to build a school on this spot was taken in 1918, construction began in 1919, and the school opened officially on February, 1920. Set on open grounds, at a slight distance from the road, the square red-brick school was a true country school - at one point it was necessary to erect a fence to prevent cattle from meandering in the yard.

Due to a population which has continued to rise over the years, major renovations and additions were necessitated in 1939, 1948-49, 1961-62 and in 1987-88.

On July 1, 2003, Hudson High School became Westwood Senior High School, comprising grades 9, 10, and 11 and Vaudreuil County High School, located in St. Lazare, became Westwood Junior High School with grades 7 and 8. These two campuses, now one school serve the Hudson, St. Lazare areas and another 24 surrounding communities, up to the Ontario border. 

Westwood High School, with its two campuses, is one of eleven secondary schools operated by the Lester B. Pearson School Board, and is 24 kilometers west of Montreal Island.