Westmount Charter School was founded in 1996 by the Action for Bright Children (Calgary) Society, under the name ABC Charter Public School, initially offering classes for grades 1-3 children who are gifted. The school opened in the former Bridgeland School and kindergarten was soon added.
In 1998, ABC school moved to a larger location on the old Currie Barracks in southwest Calgary and added grades four and five. One additional grade was added to the school each year until 2005, when the school reached its full kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12) continuum. In the interim (2002), the program moved again from the Currie Barracks to the Viscount Bennett Centre.
In 2005, when the ABC program expanded to include middle school and high school, it was decided that the school should be renamed. The name Westmount Charter School was selected after considerable consultation; a name chosen in part because it did not come with preconceived connections - it would be up to the school's students and staff to create a reputation of excellence associated with the new name.
In 2011, the school moved again into two separate buildings:
The Charter Board Office is located at: 728-32 Street NW, Calgary, AB T2N 2V9
Westmount is the only K-12 congregated setting in Alberta for students who are gifted. The school serves approximately 1200 students who represent a broad range of diversity including race, sex, gender identity, gender expression, English as an Additional Language (EAL), special education needs (twice exceptional), under-achievement and high-achievement.Westmount was granted a 15-year Charter by the Minister of Education, effective September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2031.
23 Feb 2017