About

We believe that God is the creator and sustainer of all things and that Jesus Christ is the only redeemer of our fallen world. As a covenantal school, we are committed in partnership with home and church to a quality education based on these truths.

Our curriculum provides an academically diverse student body with knowledge in the traditional liberal arts and the skills and wisdom needed to apply that knowledge. Teachers are committed to designing and employing creative teaching strategies to meet this goal, and to encourage the development and application of Christian character in our students. At Westminster, the highest quality academics are dynamically integrated with biblical truth, resulting in a world-class education that yields graduates prepared to make a profound difference in the world for Christ.

Girls with MissionSee our vision.

Prepare and equip more young men and women to engage the world and change it for Jesus Christ.

Our Mission: Westminster Christian Academy honors Jesus Christ by providing an excellent education, rooted in biblical truth as interpreted by the Westminster Confession of Faith, for the children of Christian parents. Faculty and staff enable students to discover and embrace a biblical view of the world and integrate that view into every area of life.

 

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Know our core values.

Honor God in All That We Do (I Corinthians 10:31; Mark 12:30)
Knowing God, loving His Word, and living for Him are at the heart of the Westminster experience. Students learn that “all truth is God’s truth” in every aspect of life in and outside of school (e.g., in the Bible classroom, on the stage, on the athletic field, and in the guidance counselor’s office). Students are challenged to live out their faith in their relationships, character, and service for others.

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Enroll and Serve Families (Ephesians 6:4; Psalm 78:4)
Westminster’s doors are open to all Christian families in the St. Louis region who desire a Christ-centered secondary school experience for their children. Academic programs are designed to meet the learning needs of all children in the family, and financial aid is available to help qualified families who are not able to pay the full cost of tuition. Families representing all of God’s people (“every tribe and language and people and nation”) have equal opportunity to a place at Westminster.

Become Better Than We Once Were (Colossians 3:23-24)
Excellence is defined as a process that is measured by individual and corporate improvement, not a specific outcome. Striving for excellence (i.e., improvement) is expected of all members of the Westminster community.

Learn and Live in Christian Community (Romans 12:15; I Corinthians 12:25-26)
Principles rather than policies, and relationships rather than rules, take precedence in the life of the school community. Building, enhancing, and maintaining community are integral to all aspects of school life, including curricular and cocurricular programs, architecture, and organizational structure.

Partner with the Christian Home and Church (Proverbs 22:6; Ecclesiastes 4:12)
A strong spiritual foundation is firmly established in the life of a young person when the Christian home, church, and school are working in partnership. Westminster exists to help Christian parents fulfill the biblical mandate given to them by God to “train up their children in the way that they should go,” and collaborate with the church in teaching and discipling children in God’s will and way.

Lead With Our Serve (Ephesians 6:7-8; Philippians 2:3)
Learning, modeling, and practicing servant leadership is central to worldview and leadership development. Tangible evidence of placing the needs of others before self is expected in all aspects of school life.

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Learn our history.

In the mid 1970s, several St. Louis families recognized the need for a distinctly Christian junior and senior high school that integrated faith and learning.

Led by Dr. George Knight III, a professor at Covenant Theological Seminary, a school board formed to establish Westminster Christian Academy in September 1976. The same year, Westminster became a member of the National Union of Christian Schools, which established Westminster as a viable Christian school in the Reformed Christian school tradition. Westminster Christian Academy’s first home was in rented classrooms at Missouri Baptist College.

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After only one year at Missouri Baptist College, Westminster transitioned its campus to a small elementary school building in Des Peres, where the school resided until 1982. It quickly became too small for the growing student body, which had reached 250 students. At that time, Westminster purchased the Ladue Road campus, then belonging to West Ladue Middle School, a building that would hold 600. Jim Marsh began his tenure as head of school in 1985. In the early ’90s, Westminster expanded the school to include additional classroom space and athletic fields to allow the school to enroll as many as 900 students.

By the 2000-2001 school year, the transformative renovation had caused classrooms to fill quickly. In 2001, a handful of people started to pray about and discuss what Westminster would do if God opened the door to the purchase of the former West County Technical School property. In February 2003, the school purchased the 40-acre campus.

As the Westminster community moved forward with planning committees and town hall meetings, seeking to determine possible uses for the newly purchased campus, attention began to turn to the 30 acres of property called Centreat, owned by Central Presbyterian Church, which was perfectly situated to the Westminster property. In summer 2007, a family offered to gift Westminster the funds to purchase Centreat. The unexpected $7.1 million gift allowed Westminster to plan for a 70-acre unified campus. In 2008, the Ladue Road campus was placed on the market for sale.

By the end of January 2010, the Ladue School District presented an offer and a contract to purchase the Ladue Road campus for $18 million. Through God’s grace and generous financial pledges, construction accelerated on the newly purchased campus, which was completed in June 2011, in time for the 2011-2012 academic year. The new facility accommodates up to 1,200 students.

It is our prayer and hope that God will continue to provide the people and resources needed for us to remain a world-class Christian school. We rejoice as we move forward together, amazed and excited by what God is doing and what He will do in the lives of students and families for years to come.

A plan for the future.

Westminster’s Strategic Plan outlines specific annual priorities, strategies, and goals that will help us become better as we advance our vision to prepare more young people to engage the world and change it for Jesus Christ.

Open publication – Printable PDF

Meet our Board of Directors.

The Westminster Board of Directors is the chief policy-making body of the school.

At the March Association meeting, one-third of the directors are elected for a three-year term of office. Board members are nominated on the basis of their prior interest and service to Westminster.

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In order to effectively govern Westminster, the Board is organized into five standing committees – enrollment, finance, building and grounds, education, and development – and several special committees. Board members and parents outside of the Board serve on these committees to provide leadership and direction for our school.

  • Mr. Thom Avery, secretary and admissions chair
  • Mr. Ely Britton
  • Mr. Rich Broyles
  • Mr. Randy Cross, advancement chair
  • Mr. Curtis Francois
  • Mr. Wally Gustafson
  • Mr. Peter Harre, of counsel
  • Mr. John Hibbler
  • Mr. Scott Highmark, president
  • Mr. Jeff Johnston, vice president
  • Mr. Anthony Lloyd, treasurer and finance chair
  • Mr. Joel Montgomery, Jr.
  • Mr. Ron Moser
  • Mr. Michael Ottsen, past president
  • Mr. Steve Rasche
  • Dr. Owen Tarantino
  • Mr. Tim Terlouw, education chair
  • Mr. Peter Zandstra

Theatre

Rent our facility.

Westminster is pleased to partner with a variety of community groups to provide spaces at a reasonable cost.

Spaces available for rental include the Theatre, Black Box Theatre, gymnasiums, pool, turf field, and a variety of classrooms and meeting spaces. If you’re interested in using the Westminster facility, please contact Assistant Head of School – Finance Todd Fuller.