School Program

Elective Courses

Electives are those courses outside of the core curriculum that give students the opportunity to explore specific areas of study they are interested in.  Elective courses offered at Westmount High School are:

  • Consumer Sciences
  • ECHO
  • Leadership and Community Action
  • Philosophy
  • Woodshop


Elective Options

Secondary 3

Consumer Sciences: 620-344

The Consumer Sciences program is a social science course that allows students to gain knowledge in the following areas:

  1. building a strong employment profile: career exploration;
  2. preparation for independence: including personal finances, nutrition, cooking, food safety, and home and time management;
  3. consumer awareness;
  4. intra- and inter-personal relations: the individual as part of a community, hospitality and conflict-resolution;
  5. as well as many other practical skills that will allow students to learn about how they learn and foster independence, healthy living and critical thinking skills.

Pre-AP Environmental Science: 558-344

The goal of the AP Environmental Science course is to provide students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, as well as to examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of an introductory college course in environmental science. At WHS, the entire AP Environmental science course will be delivered over two years. This is the first of the two years, and the AP exam will be offered in May of the Sec IV (second) year. Successful completion of part 1 of this course is required for enrollment in part 2 next year.

Secondary 5

AP Psychology: 626-554

This course provides the student with a comprehensive introduction to the fascinating discipline of psychology. Students will learn about a broad range of topics, from brain physiology to social behavior. The main objectives of this course are to promote critical thinking, develop scientific writing skills, and prepare students for the AP Psychology exam. Ideal course for students pursuing further studies in all social science disciplines in CEGEP and University.
Prerequisite: strong social science profile (good marks in English and 75% or better in History/Histoire)

Biology: 535-544

The objective of this course is to expose students to the history, diversity and function of the living things with whom we share this planet. The study includes laboratory activities, field-trips and research that will promote scientific thought and procedure and steer students towards a greater understanding of the living world. This course is ideal for students pursuing CEGEP programs in either the Social Sciences or Health Science related programs in CEGEP.
Prerequisite: 60% or better in Sec. 4 Science & Technology or equivalent

Introduction to Philosophy:

603-572 The aim of this course is to introduce students to the study of philosophy and to expose them to a range of philosophical ideas and traditions. The course covers philosophies both ancient and modern, as well as comparing the philosophical traditions of East and West. After covering a range of different philosophies the course concludes with students working out their own answers to philosophy’s major existential questions.