The rapid development of adolescents creates a winding path to maturity, often full of ups and downs.  It is vital that a Junior High program is aware of the very specific needs of adolescents, and is able to provide an appropriate environment to allow students to thrive.

We recognize the unrest that adolescents are prone to feel, and our awareness of this helps us assist youth moving through our program.  We value a strong classroom community, which helps to assist all youth to feel a sense of belonging both within the school confines and as they move out in the world.  This frees up their minds to be able to focus more on academic growth. 

Keeping in mind the characteristics of adolescents, our program aims to provide authentic, purposeful work that engages the mind and body.  We focus on projects that require action and put practical life skills into action. WWJH offers an academically rigorous program that challenges students.  Our individualized goal setting and group work encourages accountability for each student.  The session topics we offer are interesting and relevant to students and interdisciplinary by nature.   

Having a prepared environment at this plane of development requires allowing for meaningful experiences.  We focus on hands-on learning opportunities and projects, helping students feel that their work is necessary and relevant.  We aim to have students learn through experience. 

“The things we have to learn before we do them, we learn by doing them.” 

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The illustration above shows the best methods for learning retention.  The nature of our program allows us to work in the bottom half of the pyramid, focusing on discussion, practice, and teaching others.  Our students benefit immensely in the long term because their retention of knowledge is much higher due to Montessori teaching methods.

At WWJH we feel strongly that students need to be prepared for life beyond school.  As part of this, youth need to be equipped with the skills and information that will inspire and motivate them, while giving them the flexibility to tackle some of the difficult problems society will no doubt continue to face once they mature into the world.  Environmental and peace education is central to every aspect of our curriculum, and remains the strongest theme in our program.  Our hope is to empower our youth with the knowledge that they can make a difference in the world. That is one of the most tangible and lasting benefits of their time at WWJH.



dearcroft / westwind
45 years...

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West Wind originated as the senior campus of Dearcroft Montessori School (est. 1968), and acted as an independent preparatory day school program offering Senior Elementary (grades 4 – 6) and Junior High (grades 7/8).  In 2008, to coincide with the 40th anniversary of Dearcroft Montessori, we combined as a single campus.  Our program is now fully operated from the Dearcroft campus at 1167 Lakeshore Road East, Oakville. 

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Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding our programs or would like to know more about West Wind, please feel free to contact us. You may email us at: contact@westwindms.com or contact our office by telephone for further information.

Address: 1167 Lakeshore Road East
  Oakville, Ontario
  L6J 1L3
Telephone: (905) 844-2114
Fax: (905) 844-3529
Directors: Lynda Phippen, B.A., AMI, AMS
  Gordon Phippen, B.Sc. AMS
Administrator: Catherine DeBorba, B.A.A.