The guidance department is committed to helping our students in their academic, social or emotional well-being. Our guidance counsellor assists students in making choices about their future by informing students about CEGEP, vocational, professional programs and career possibilities. She plays a key role in crisis intervention and support students undergoing a difficult or traumatic period. Part-time youth and addictions counsellors work collaboratively with the guidance counsellor to promote healthy lifestyles and prevention. Visit the WHS Counselling Services page for more information.
Dietitians travel from school to school visiting classrooms and cafeterias to talk to students about eating nutritious foods and being healthy. The aim is to encourage healthy lifestyles through good nutrition and physical activity and to sensitize students to the social influences on their perception of health and well-being. Consult the EMSB Nutrition & Food Services page.
Social, Health and Community Support
Services that support WHS range from a part-time school nurse, and part-time social worker from the Centres Intégrés Universitaires de Santé et de Services Sociaux (CIUSSS) aimed at promotion of healthy living. A partnership with the YMCA provides support services to students through the Pathways and Alternative to Suspension programs.
Special Needs Support
Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), are considered students with special needs. Special education resource teachers assist students that require additional support in learning, social and emotional challenges. Child care workers support students in organization and reinforcing positive study skills as well as supporting a student on an individual basis as needed. A behaviour technician is available for on-site intervention and the promotion of positive relationships with students. Please consult the EMSB Special Needs page for more information.
Westmount High School is a pilot school for the Response to Intervention (RTI) model. Currently, school-wide recuperation is being incorporated as a tier 2 intervention for academic delays. This is available to all students at lunch in Math, Science, Social Science, English and French at all grade levels. Students requiring more support need a resource teacher’s help to learn lagging essential knowledge.
Other student services include; The Underground after school tutoring drop-in centre (3 days a week); Trevor Williams Kids Foundation that offers students a more structured tutoring environment where attendance is mandatory (2 days a week); and the STEP Booster Program that allows parents to get daily feedback on any behavioural or academic issues their child may be facing.