Delta means “the difference in" or "the change in".
Delta West Academy chose the delta symbol to represent the fundamental mission of our school community - to make a difference and create change in the lives of our students.
The goal of Delta West Academy is to realize learning with a strong emphasis on real life relationships. DWA creates an environment which fosters mutual respect and trust, allows the uniqueness of each student to shine, and challenges them to attain academic excellence and personal growth.
A different vision for education was the driving force behind the foundation of the Delta West Academy Society and provincial accreditation of DWA in 1993. Governed by the basic premise of an advantageous 10:1 average student to teacher ratio, the school opened its doors to 11 eager students that first year, ranging from elementary to high school. The school was as different as its vision. Located in a modern downtown office building, its large windows, bright spaces and business attitude meshed well with delivering education in a new way. A strong academic program was enhanced by the interaction with a unique physical and social environment. However, despite being within easy walking distance to many of the great facilities downtown offers, the school lacked its own gym, playground and more room to grow.
In 1998 DWA moved to the historic Bridgeland School. The new location also has large windows and bright spaces but with the added benefits of a playing field, gym and more classrooms. This expansion prompted the addition of a much requested Kindergarten program in 1999. Best of all, since the community of Bridgeland is just north of the Bow River immediately adjacent to Calgary's core, DWA has maintained the excellent downtown connections that contribute to its school life. All this provides steady opportunities for partnership, real-life experiences and plenty of learning outside of the classroom.
In 2004, Delta West Academy celebrated the purchase of the Bridgeland School as its permanent home. DWA continues to grow while remaining true to the founders' original vision.
DWA Vision Statement
As one of the Co-founders of Delta West Academy, it has been my pleasure to serve the students for 25 years. I am extremely proud of our school and commit myself daily to improving the lives of my students. The ultimate goal of Delta West Academy is to provide and excellent education, academically and socially, that will prepare students to be successful in post-secondary studies, their careers and in their roles as active citizens. Simply put, there is no other school like us here in the city. We excel at building student self-confidence as teaching self-efficacy is the key component of our students successes. Once students realize that “I can do that,” there is nothing that will stand in their way of achieving their dreams. Inspiring Excellence is the key to our success and that of our students.
We pride ourselves on our strong community atmosphere and our Dragon Values. Key to that success is our talented staff. I believe Delta West Academy has the most talented and dedicated staff in the city. Self-efficacy start with those teachers who are unwavering in their belief in our students and school community in which they serve.
Our small class sizes allow teacher to build relationships that inspire excellence on a daily basis. There is no room to hide at this school. Self-efficacy allows all students to shine, as was evident in last years Provincial Achievement test scores. Our students excelled. All of our students achieved the Acceptable Standards and our Standard of Excellence scores per class ranged from 33% to 100% in Grade 9 Mathematics last year.
DWA Dragons Soar.
- Denise Dutchuk-Smith
Head of School