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MONTREAL, OCTOBER 17, 2013- Plans to introduce a new high school in Côte Saint-Luc called Wallenberg Academy continue to move forward. Following a recent open house, there has been a surge of interest in the sports concentration options and as a result proposed placement exams have been delayed in order for a number of meetings with different associations to take part.

English Montreal School Board Commissioner Dr. Syd Wise said that the objective remains to launch the new school in August 2014 for Secondary I and possibly Secondary II students. In addition to a challenging curriculum and sports concentration (swimming, soccer, tennis, supplemental physical education), there will be opportunities for enriched programming such as heritage language studies, music, drama and robotics.

In order to participate in sports concentration, parents will also be responsible for developing a liaison with a corresponding athletic clubs/coaches/associations for the instruction aspect of the program between the hours of 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Those not in sports, will participate in one of the enriched programs during the same time period.  

The NDG Soccer Association and the City of Côte Saint-Luc’s Parks and Recreation Program are playing an active role in the development of  the new school. Each have scheduled their own information meeting, which is the reason for the delay of the placement tests.

“There has been tremendous enthusiasm,” says Dr. Wise. “Youngsters in the West End who love sports have never had such an option at their disposal. We are also pleased to say that one does not have to be an elite athlete to be accepted. There will be different levels for each sport and kids will actually have a chance to learn and improve as long as they start off with some standard abilities to participate.”

 Parents who have already submitted an application to the school have been contacted informing them that the exams will be held at a later date.  “We also have a lot of interest in our heritage languages,” said Dr. Wise. “We have been clear to everyone though that we will not start this school until we have a critical mass. Over the last few months we have made significant progress on the sports concentration front and we need some time to expand upon that.”

For more information call 514-483-7200 ext. 7429, email or log on to, where the open house power point presentation and the student application form are posted.



Michael J. Cohen
Communications and Marketing Specialist
English Montreal School Board
Tel: (514) 483-7200 ext. 7243
Fax: (514) 483-7213