Academics

Course Selection Guide

Westminster seeks to partner with the Christian home and church in “teaching and training young people in the way they should go, so when they are old they will not turn from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

Westminster’s curriculum and programs are designed to integrate biblical truth into every aspect of the school experience. Students and families should prayerfully consider the curricular and co-curricular choices available at Westminster, and make decisions that will maximize opportunities to learn and grow in knowledge, wisdom, and grace.

We encourage parents and students to carefully and jointly consider the program of instruction and courses that will comprise a student’s academic life at Westminster.

Course Selection Guide 2017-18 (printable)
Freshman Course Selection Form
Sophomore Course Selection Form
Junior Course Selection Form
Senior Course Selection Form
STEM Major Criteria 2017
Program Planning Guide
Graduation Requirements

Honor Roll

We are pleased to announce the honor roll students for the spring 2017 semester. Whether or not your student is noted on the grade level lists below, we encourage you to spend time affirming your student’s strengths and talents.

7th Grade
8th Grade
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade

roboticSTEM from Excellence

Westminster’s STEM program, established in 2012, offers students the opportunity to major and become proficient in a field in dire need of highly skilled individuals.

STEM Happenings | FIRST Robotics Team | Join the STEM team! 

Westminster believes it can best serve the needs of its students, the community, and its biblical mission by fostering the pursuit of careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Learn more

A student who majors in STEM is able to use every opportunity in his or her education to become more skilled and knowledgeable in the field – taking advantage of opportunities to be mentored by individuals and companies such as Boeing and Monsanto.

Westminster received a $65,000 grant from the William R. Orthwein, Jr. and Laura Rand Orthwein Foundation to get the program up and running.

The STEM major at Westminster includes classes such as Introduction to Engineering Design (IED – the first of several Project Lead the Way courses), Principles of Engineering (POE), and Applied Scientific Research (ASR), as well as STEM Symposium, seminars, and service opportunities. Students who are interested may choose from three different tracks toward a major or minor.

STEM Major and Minor Criteria for 2016-17

Summer SeminarExperience Summer Seminar.

Summer Seminar courses provide meaningful experiential learning opportunities outside the traditional classroom and are designed to integrate activity, curriculum, and community.

This is a half credit summer course which includes visits to several cultural attractions and integrates reflection, aesthetic appreciation, and the life of the mind in the formation of a Christian understanding of the world. Ideally, students will complete the seminar having integrated the Creator’s imprint in nature, community, and the liberal arts into their understanding of Christ’s lordship in all of life.

 

Summer Seminars

 

South Dakota: “Restoration on the Plains”

June 12-22, 2017

Rising seniors

Over the course of a 10-day trip through Wounded Knee, Badlands National Park, and the Black Hills, students will explore the theme of “restoration” through core courses in literature, history, and science. The focus of the course is the development of a biblical understanding of restoration – the responsibility of all Christians to work toward the restoration of the earth to God’s original intent. Students will interact with a variety of literary selections and participate in a three-day kayak tour on the Missouri River, three days of primitive backpacking in the Badlands, and a three-day biking trip covering 107 miles through the Black Hills. The trip also includes a guided tour of Dan O’Brien’s Broken Heart buffalo ranch.

 

Washington and Oregon – “Cultivating Beauty in Restoration”
July 10-20, 2017

Rising seniors

Over the course of a 10-day trip along Washington’s coast and through northern Oregon, students will explore the theme of “cultivating beauty in restoration” in core courses in literature, theology, and science. The focus of the course is the development of a biblical understanding of beauty and our responsibility as Christians to recognize, seek, and create beauty. Students will interact with a variety of literary selections during a four-day backpacking excursion through the Cascade mountains and a two-day float trip on the Deschutes River.

 

CONTACT
To learn more about Summer Seminar, email Co-directors Claire Birchenough and Chris Knerr.

Find your resources.

The Academic Hub supports and enhances the curricular and cocurricular programs to encourage students to become critical Christian thinkers.

The Hub offers a range of computer resources, as well as dynamic databases including ProQuest, SIRS Researcher, Oxford Reference Online, Opposing Viewpoints, CultureGrams, Student Resource Center, eLibrary, Historical Newspapers, and JSTOR. Other resources include periodicals, books, and non-print items.

Resources

 

Data Services

Database password information is located in Veracross in Links, Forms, and Documents.

ProQuest Platinum is an online database that includes nearly 2,300 magazines indexed, many magazines with full text articles, approximately 40 newspapers (national, international, and regional), and a religious collection of periodicals with about 50 additional magazines. (view on campus)

  • CultureGrams is one of the most trusted and widely used cultural reference and curriculum products in the education, government, and non-profit arenas. It is a global leader in collecting, organizing, and distributing value-added information to researchers, faculty, and students in more than 160 countries.
  • eLibrary enables students to find the answers they need from more than 2,000 full-text magazines, newspapers, books, and transcripts – plus thousands of maps, pictures, educator-approved websites from Homework Central®, and audio/video files.
  • New York Times Historical Newspapers provides access to articles from this newspaper from 1851 to the present. See what happened on a specific date, look at topics and timelines, or choose your own subjects for searching.
  • SIRS (Social Issues Resource Series) is a database covering many social issues. This service reprints articles from other sources and arranges them topically.

Oxford Reference Online brings together 100 language and subject dictionaries and reference works containing well over 60,000 pages into a single cross-searchable resource.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context draws on the acclaimed social issues series published by Greenhaven Press, as well as core reference content from other Gale and Macmillan Reference USA sources to provide a complete one-stop source for information on social issues. Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles.

Student Resource Center: Junior is a fully integrated database containing thousands of curriculum-targeted primary documents, biographies, topical essays, background information, critical analyses, full-text coverage of more than 300 magazines, newspapers, more than 20,000 photographs and illustrations, and more than 8 hours of audio and video clips. Restricted to the Middle School.

Global Issues in Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Find hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, highly relevant sources for analysis of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health, and cultural issues. Each of these gateway pages includes an overview, unique “perspectives” articles written by local experts, reference, periodical, primary source and statistical information. Rich multimedia – including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs – enhance each portal.

JSTOR provides full-text articles to academic journals – some as old as 100 years.

 

FAQs

Q: What are the hours of the Academic Hub?
A: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and Thursday 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.

Q: How long may I keep a checked-out book?
A: Books may be checked out for two weeks and can always be renewed unless someone else needs the title.

Q: How much does it cost to make copies on the Academic Hub copier?
A: For students, the cost is $.10/side. 

If you have more questions about the Academic Hub or its resources, email Marjan Kempen or Ashley Anthony.

ClassroomAcademic Advisory

Academic Advisory is designed to encourage students to take ownership and responsibility for monitoring their own academic progress.

Each week, students bring a completed advisory form to their assigned advisory teacher. Using Westminster’s online grade reporting system, students fill in the form with their updated, overall grades and a list of any missing or failed assignments.

 

Learn More

Teachers review these reports together to identify the students they will talk to during Academic Advisory. These conversations allow teachers to brainstorm with students about action steps to encourage stronger academic success.

Middle School ClassroomAcademic Connect

Academic Connect is an opportunity for middle school students to connect with their teachers to address specific areas in which they need assistance.

Students grow as they benefit from re-teaching stations, conferencing, test preparation centers, recovery work, project completion, and online tutorials in mathematics or typing skills. This resource, available four days a week at the end of the school day, also provides study time for students.

Learn more

Academic Connect & Athletics

Students may choose to try out for and participate on a middle school athletic team. Students on a team practice from 2:30-3:45 p.m., which allows them full access to the gyms and fields prior to the start of upper school practices. All students who don’t participate on an athletic team go to Academic Connect at the end of the day.

Special ServicesSpecial Services

Special Services supports the educational needs of students with diagnosed disabilities.

Participation in the Special Services program requires the completion of additional application forms, available through the Admissions Office. The cost of enrollment in the Special Services program (charged in addition to student tuition) is determined by the program option in which the student is enrolled.

Register for Special Services Information Meeting

Learn more

 

Learning Center (LC) services are designed for students with diagnosed learning disabilities, language processing impairments, and/or attention deficit hyperactive disorder. The Learning Center program offers limited remedial work in reading and writing but primarily runs parallel to and supports the existing curriculum. The goal of this program, which provides accommodations for and adaptation to each student’s classes, is to give students the tools to succeed in an academic environment and function as independent learners.

Extended Learning Center (ELC) services are designed for students with significant learning needs that require small-group and one-to-one attention much of the day. While inclusion in regular classes with paraprofessionals is provided, remediation and life/social skills training may also be provided in small, intensive classes. Students with diagnostic profiles that include multiple learning disabilities, attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD/ADD), mild autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), and mild developmental delays will be considered for the program.

Program Options

  • Fulltime —
Most students are enrolled in this option. These students receive daily instruction from the Special Services faculty in many of the areas listed above.
  • Consultative —
The consultative student has completed a course of study from the Special Services faculty and is ready to function independently with minor support. An ISP is maintained for the diagnosed disability, and the Special Services faculty maintains a consultative relationship with the student’s teachers.

If you have any questions, please email the Admissions Office or call 314.997.2900.

Boy in classroom

Course Selection Guide

Westminster’s curriculum and programs offer students a variety of dynamic courses in which they are continually challenged to reach their highest academic potential.

Girl in Classroom

Student-Parent Handbook

Learn about our academic and athletic policies, health and safety regulations, and other important information.