West Hill Public School (Gr JK - 08)
West Hill Public School is located in the eastern section of Toronto. The school's history reaches back over 120 years as one of the first schools in the area. In 1994, the old building was demolished and a new one opened. West Hill P.S. serves a community that honours the spirit of the past and supports the realities of the present and future.
West Hill serves approximately 250 students, more than 30% from countries other than Canada. Many families are temporarily housed in our area as they await more permanent settlement in the Greater Toronto area. Throughout the year, as many as 400 students will pass through our doors.
Character Education helps us create safe, caring and inclusive learning environments for every student and supports academic development. It is a shared responsibility between the home and school. Each month we have Character Education assemblies where students are recognized for demonstrating positive character attributes. We believe this creates a foundation for creating responsible citizens.
West Hill has a wide variety of opportunities for students to express themselves physically, artistically and socially. Our staff dedicates a tremendous about of time developing and strengthening the skills of the students in the activity of their choosing. From Craft Club to Chess Club, to Volleyball and Cricket, students can join the activity that interests them.
West Hill provides a strong literacy program through the use of student-centered activities and groupings, so as to create an environment best suited to the needs of each of its students. From guided reading to the use of the Scholastic READ 180 program, West Hill emphasizes the need for critical thinking and reasoning skills.
At West Hill, all staff are clearly focused on students achieving academic excellence in the areas of the development and understanding of math concepts, and the application of these concepts to find solutions to authentic mathematical tasks. We have math manipulatives and technological resources to enhance and build higher order thinking and problem solving skills.
Special Education Programs
A variety of special education programs and services are offered to meet the needs of all students, including students with. Students' exceptionalities are identified through a formal review process undertaken by an Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC).