Westgate Mennonite Collegiate is sponsored by thirteen supporting congregations. These churches make up the Mennonite Educational Society of Manitoba, an organization that was founded to operate and maintain Westgate Mennonite Collegiate. According to its constitution, it is the “objective of the Corporation to stress the integration of knowledge, to interpret the world and the meaning of life from a Christian perspective, to acquaint students with the Mennonite heritage, to stress Christian values, and to give leadership in education so that the changing needs of the students and the times will be considered.”
Westgate seeks a strong complement of Mennonite students from its constituent churches at each grade level. All applications are welcome and every effort is made to place each applicant. However, because of admission guidelines, limits on class size and resources, Westgate may be unable to offer space or a program for all applicants.
- All new applicants who have submitted their application and references will be interviewed by the principal/vice-principal. Parents/Guardians are important participants in these interviews.
- Applicants are encouraged to meet the application deadlines as outlined on page 2 of this program guide. Students applying after these deadlines are at greater risk of finding their grade already at capacity.
- The following priorities will be used in admitting students:
a) Returning students in good standing.
b) Children of members of supporting congregations.
- In addition, other factors like academics, potential social impact, affiliation with a Mennonite church, attendance at a Mennonite church school (such as Winnipeg Mennonite Elementary and Middle Schools (WMEMS)) and whether applicants are siblings of current students or children of alumni will be taken into account.
- Successful applicants will be notified of a deadline by which the invitation needs to be accepted.
- Suitable applicants applying after the deadline, or for whom there is no available space, will be placed on a waiting list. As soon as space becomes available, these applicants will be notified.
- A general target of 22 students in Grade 6, 50 students in Grade 7 and Grade 8, 52 in Grade 9 and 54 in Grade 10 through Grade 12 can be admitted by the Admissions Committee. If the target number has been reached in a grade and further strong applications are received, they may be accepted at the discretion of the Administration. Further admissions require the approval of the Board Executive.