Frequently Asked Questions

 

General Information

Who is Westwind School Division (WSD)?

Nestled at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the far southwestern corner of Southern Alberta, Westwind School Division works with passion to discover and empower the potential in each of our students. Westwind serves a diverse and largely rural population of approximately 4,600 students in 12 regular schools and one alternate school community schools located in the towns of Cardston, Magrath, and Raymond and the villages/hamlets of Stirling, Glenwood, Hill Spring, Mountain View, Del Bonita, Spring Coulee and Welling as well as 9 colony schools.

How large are the schools and where are they located? 

The Division operates twelve (12) regular schools, one (1) alternate school and nineteen (19)Hutterite Colony schools as listed below. You can find contact information for these schools here.

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How many staff members work at Westwind?

The system employs approximately 241 full-time equivalent certified teachers and approximately 318 non-teaching support staff. 

How does Westwind compare with the province with its test scores? 

Westwind School Division students exemplify a standard of educational excellence in academic achievement and participation rates on both the Diploma Exams and the Provincial Achievement Test. They consistently score well above provincial scores while maintaining high participation rates. Further information and details can be found in the Westwind Annual Education Results Report.

Who is my representative on the Westwind Board of Trustees? 


Westwind is governed by a Board of nine trustees representing the areas of Cardston (2), Blood Tribe and FNMI (1), Magrath (1), Raymond (2), Mountain View, Glenwood, Hillspring and Leavitt (1), Stirling (1), Welling and South Area (1). As elected representatives, trustees are accountable to the public they serve. Public Board Meetings are usually held on the first Tuesday of every month* and Trustees are available by email at inquiries@westwind.ab.ca. For further information and details, please visit the Board of Trustees section of our website.

*Dates subject to change, please check the posted schedule on the Board of Trustees section of our website.

 

Educational Programs

Does the Division offer alternative educational programs?

Westwind School Division No. 74 provides alternative learning programs through the Westwind Alternate School. These include Home Education, Distance Learning and Outreach Programs. The Westwind Alternate School is a stand-alone facility based in the Town of Cardston, with satellite campuses in Raymond and Magrath. The administration and staff cooperate with all divisional schools to ensure the educational needs of individual students and families are accommodated and supported. Certificated mentor teachers have responsibility for the development, supervision and evaluation of individual program plans, which are designed to meet
the unique learning styles, needs and circumstances of each student.

What if my child has special needs? 

Many people believe this refers only to students with special needs and that where a “special needs code” is attained, that additional funding and support is automatically provided. This is a myth – funding and supports are no longer linked to “coding”! Westwind School Division No. 74 recognizes the uniqueness of each and every student who have specific talents, abilities and/or handicaps possibly requiring some level of support to provide a greater sense of belonging and acceptance in school community and enhance personal growth, development and success. The Board is committed to provide the programs and services that enable students to succeed and to receive an education appropriate to their abilities and needs. In partnership, parents, students, school administrators, teachers and support staff workers contribute to decisions to address student needs.


The inclusive education team consists of a full-time psychologist, a behavior specialist, a student services coordinator and an early learning consultant. Together they work with teachers and educational assistants in providing services to students. The preferred mode of program delivery is integration in the regular classroom within the student’s local school. Other program delivery options include pullout classes, one-to-one instruction with an educational assistant, programs within the Alternate School, and program delivery within the student’s home. Each school has a designated teacher who assists the principal to coordinate the Inclusive Education programs within the school. Family School Liaison Counselors assist parents and schools in meeting the needs of
students who have academic, behavioral, economic, and/or emotional needs. A chartered psychologist provides assessment for students throughout the division. Students who have been identified as needing Special Education programming are provided with
an Individualized Program Plan (IPP) that identifies how their unique learning needs are to be met. Parents, students, and school staff, as well as other agencies, when appropriate, are involved in the development of programs.

To learn more please visit Inclusive Ed Westwind.

 

Student Transportation

 

Did you know?
EIPS has over 150 yellow bus routes throughout the jurisdiction and buses approximately 8,000 students each year. This includes service for bilingual programs, special education, and Kindergarten (ECS).

EIPS does not own any buses; rather the division contracts services with a number of independent and large bus contractors.  

 

Who is eligible for busing? 
As per Alberta Education regulations and EIPS' Board Policy 17, Student Transportation Services, all students who reside 2.4 km or greater from their designated school are eligible for free busing. For further information, see our Frequently Asked Questions under Busing and Transportation.

How much does it cost for Payride busing service? 
EIPS provides options for ineligible students under a Payride system. See Fees for the current fee schedule. There is also a fee for ECS noon-time busing services. This service is provided for students in urban Sherwood Park and, if numbers warrant, those attending one of three daycares in Fort Saskatchewan only. 

I need to know more about student transportation. Where do I look? 
Visit the Transportation section on the EIPS website.

You may also contact the department directly at: 
Student Busing and Transportation Inquiries
Phone: (780) 417-8151   
Toll free: 1-800-905-3477
Send an email to EIPS Student Transportation via our contact form.

More Questions?

 

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact us. 

683 Wye Road
Sherwood Park, AB
T8B 1N2
Phone (780) 464-3477
Fax (780) 417-8181
Send an email to EIPS' Communications Services via our contact form.

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