Two Fort McMurray schools will be home to more students in 2018 as they’re adding extra grades.
Starting next school year, Westwood Community High School and École McTavish Junior High will now offer grades 7 – 12, matching the other secondary school in the Fort McMurray Public School District, Composite High School.
The FMPSD’s Board of Trustees approved the recommendations at their meeting on Wednesday.
In a release, Superintendent Doug Nicholls says the recommendations were made because of the arrival of new schools Christina Gordon and Dave McNeilly and the building of the high school wing currently underway at École McTavish.
“While there will be some natural challenges in moving both Westwood and École McTavish to secondary schools with grades 7 through 12, the discussion of this possibility has been in our District and community for the last few years.”
“Both schools are thriving with strong results in all programs and high satisfaction from students and parents. The board and I believe that strong tradition will continue when offering students in our community a six-year program at all of our secondary school sites,” stated Superintendent Nicholls.
Westwood will now include junior high students while École McTavish will be adding grade 10 – 12 students.
“We are thrilled to extend our programming to include junior high students, so teachers and students can make connections earlier. We will work with our students and families for six years instead of three to serve our community well,” said Cynthia Shelley, Principal, Westwood Community High School.
“We are very excited to hear grades 10-12 will be in our building starting September 2018. Our staff is energized by the prospect of having our Marauder students for a full six years,” added Scott Barr, Principal, École McTavish Junior High School.
Westwood will also be designated as the Advanced Placement courses site while École McTavish will act as the primary location for the PEAK athletic program and the French Immersion site for secondary students in the District.