Admissions

Take a look. Why Westminster?

We hope you will visit our campus and meet some our faculty, students, and parents. We think you’ll discover that Westminster is a distinctly Christian school full of world-class opportunities in academics, athletics, and the arts.

Founded in 1976 as an independent, coeducational Christian day school, Westminster provides a comprehensive college preparatory program developing competence in Bible, English, fine arts, world language, history, mathematics, physical education, science, and business and communications.

Westminster serves students in grades 7-12 during a two-semester calendar. It is located in Town & Country, 20 minutes from downtown St. Louis. The school serves students from the St. Louis metropolitan area and western Illinois.

School Profile 2017-18

Enrollment

  • 973 students
  • 710 Upper School (grades 9-12)
  • 263 Middle School (grades 7-8)
  • 52% girls and 48% boys
  • 19.2% students of color
  • National Merit (Class of 2017): 2 National Merit Scholars / 5 Commended Scholars
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Church Representation

Westminster currently enrolls students from 198 churches:
  • Reformed Presbyterian – 27%
  • Non-denominational – 29%
  • Evangelical Free – 4%
  • Baptist – 7%
  • Lutheran – 10%
  • Catholic – 9%
  • Other denominations – 14%

Class of 2017

  • 98% college placement (43% private / 53% public)
  • Four-year college – 96%
  • Two-year college – 2%
  • Missions/work/military – 2%
  • ACT Data – average score: 26.1 / average of top 25%: 33.9

Faculty

  • 86 full-time / 12 part-time
  • 69% hold advanced degrees (includes 9 doctorates)
  • Average teacher experience – 12 years
  • Average class size – 17.3
  • Faculty/student ratio – 1:11.2

 Financial Aid

  • 20% of the student body receives need-based financial aid
  • $1.5 million was awarded in financial aid for the 2017-18 school year

 Accreditation & Membership

Westminster is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS).

The school is a member of The College Board, Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL), and Christian Schools Association of St. Louis (CSASL).

Visit our campus.

We invite you to register for a campus visit to learn more about Westminster.

You may also contact us by phone at 314.997.2900 or email to schedule a tour. We look forward to sharing more information about the Westminster admission process with you.

Welcome on Wednesday
Parents will tour our 70-acre campus, observe the school in session, and enjoy Chapel after learning about our school from head administrators. Register here.

Student Visit Days
Student visitors will attend classes, meet the teachers, tour the campus, and enjoy lunch. This is a great opportunity to experience a typical school day and engage with the community. Register here.

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Enroll and serve families.

The admission process at Westminster is more than forms and an interview. It’s about getting to know our prospective students and their families.

It’s about building a school community that represents a broad range of socioeconomic, ethnic, and denominational backgrounds.

It’s about discovering each student’s ability to excel academically and grow spiritually.

It’s about serving Christian parents by offering a Christ-centered education for all of their children in light of their learning abilities.

It’s about serving a family.

 

Know our criteria for admission.

Westminster 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.

An essential component for admission is the requirement that one or both parents is a professing Christian as evidenced by confession of faith in Christ as Savior.

A student’s potential for academic success is evaluated by the admissions committee and based on the entire application. A student’s grades, behavior record, teacher/pastor recommendations, standardized test scores, an entrance exam, and family interview are carefully considered when selecting a qualified applicant.

A family interview will be conducted by a member of the Board of Directors to verify a Christian testimony from one parent and ascertain agreement with the school’s statement of faith. The interview is scheduled after the online portion of the application is received. Westminster welcomes students representing various racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds who will bring diversity to the school community.

Apply to Westminster.

Thank you for considering Westminster Christian Academy for your student’s education. We encourage you to visit the campus and attend an admissions event to learn more about our school. We look forward to getting to know your family!

Reviewing the Admissions Steps below prior to beginning the online application is suggested.

New Families

Applying to Westminster is simple. This form will allow you to create a login for the application portal.

  1. Complete the fields.
  2. Enter your email address.
  3. Choose to create an account.

After you’ve submitted the form, you’ll receive an email that will provide directions to log in to the application portal. Please note that the application fee is $50 ($100 for international student applicants).

Current Families

If one of your children will be enrolling at Westminster for the first time, please apply through the Veracross parent portal using your parent ID and password.

Application Deadlines for 2018-19 School Year

9th Grade  – December 15, 2017
All Other Grades  – January 16, 2018

Priority consideration is given to complete applications received before the deadline. Applications received after the deadline will be considered as openings become available.

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Admissions Steps

Campus Visit: We highly recommend attending Open House, one of our Welcome on Wednesday events, or another admissions-sponsored activity.

Application: Complete the online application. Please have your student complete the appropriate section in his/her own words as directed. 

Application Fee: The $50 application fee ($100 fee for international student applicants) can be paid using a credit card or with a check mailed to the school within one week of the application submission.

Westminster Christian Academy
Attn: Admissions
800 Maryville Centre Drive
Town & Country, MO 63017

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Academic Records: On part of the online application process, you will be asked to print a transcript request form to authorize your student’s current school to send an official transcript to Westminster. This includes three years’ worth of grades (in addition to current grades), immunization records, behavior record, and standardized testing scores. If your student has been home schooled, a form will be emailed from the Admissions Office for you to complete with the courses taken and grades given.

Teacher Recommendation: We require an English teacher and math teacher recommendation from the student’s current grade. Simply email the form to your teacher.

Pastor Letter of Reference: The application process includes a form that must be completed by a pastor or leader on staff in your church. Email it to your pastor. If you prefer to hand deliver the form, please contact the admissions office.

Christian Faith Commitment: At least one parent must be in agreement with the statement of faith in the Westminster Christian Academy bylaws and give consent to the Christian Faith Commitment. All future students and parents are participants in the life of the Westminster community and are expected in the course of this participation in our school to respect our beliefs, support our mission, and comply with the applicable community standards. This section should be completed by a parent or guardian.

Schedule an Entrance Exam: Many data points are considered to form a complete picture of an applicant. An entrance exam is one of the data points. We are open to accepting SSAT scores, but our preference is the ISEE exam as it allows us to best serve our students by measuring their progress from admission through corresponding ERB test administered in grades 7, 8, and 9. ISEE and SSAT scores, along with information from the sending school, may be used when considering a student’s course placement. Register online for one of the ISEE test dates offered on Westminster’s campus: December 2, January 13, January 27, and February 24. There is a discounted group testing fee of $105 on these dates only. Accommodated testing is available on January 13 and February 24.

Notification: When the application is submitted and the supporting documents are received, your application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, and a family and student interview will be scheduled with a member of the Board of Directors.

You will be notified by letter of acceptance, regret, or wait pool. Ninth grade applicants will be notified on February 2, 2018, and all other applicants will be notified on March 16, 2018.

Priority for Admission

  1. Current students
  2. Siblings of current students
  3. Other qualified applicants at the discretion of the Board of Directors and Admissions Committee

Should a class reach its maximum capacity, students that meet the criteria for admission will be placed in a wait pool. Should space become available, students will be admitted according to the established priority for admission.

Have questions?

What makes Westminster Christian Academy different from other schools?

At Westminster, it is not enough that students know the intricacies of mathematics or science or music; they must grasp how these disciplines and every other discipline have been created by God to help us understand the beauty of His creation, the tragedy of the fall, and the importance of commitment to restoration and reconciliation as they are prepared each day to make a difference for Christ in the world around them. At Westminster, there is no debating the fact that all truth is God’s truth. 

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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

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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.

Gifted Program
Westminster Christian Academy Gifted Education

The Gifted Program supports the educational, spiritual, and social-emotional needs of gifted students.

The program enhances academic potential and success by providing compacted, accelerated, curriculum and enrichment opportunities. The gifted teachers help each student understand and embrace their learning profile while confidently seeking and managing academic coursework. The Gifted Program allows each student the academic challenge commensurate to his/her intellectual potential.

Register for The Gifted Program Information Meeting

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Gifted Defined

Westminster has considered the guidelines of the National Association of Gifted Children (NAGC) in developing gifted services and identifying the gifted learner.

Gifted students are those who demonstrate outstanding levels of aptitude (defined as an exceptional ability to reason and learn) or competence (documented performance or achievement in 10% or rarer) in one or more academic domains. “What is Giftedness?” (NAGC, 2015) 

The Gifted Program at Westminster focuses on exceptional ability or potential in the academic domains of humanities, mathematics, and science. Ensuring that highly able learners are recognized and subsequently served through systematic programming is of the highest priority. “National Standards in Gifted and Talented Education.” (NAGC, 2015)

The Program

The services for students identified as gifted begins in the 7th grade and continues through graduation.

Middle School

At this level, 7th and 8th-grade students are enrolled in compacted, accelerated, gifted history/gifted exploration courses in place of the traditional history courses. This is the time for students of high potential to explore their unique intellectual abilities from a biblical perspective, to experience opportunities that help them define interests and passions, and to explore the challenges unique to their giftedness. The teacher of this gifted class also works to assist the students in course selections, scheduling, and advocacy. Students participate in appropriate placement in the traditional curriculum for the remainder of the day.

Upper School

At this level, students have one more Gifted Exploration course before transitioning to gifted courses that focus on integrating the study of the humanities. Ninth grade student will have the option to enroll in a gifted geometry course, and 10th grade gifted students will be offered a honors literature course of Western civilization. At the end of their Westminster careers, students finish with a two-year-long capstone project in the 11th and 12th grades. With a continued emphasis on a biblical perspective, gifted students are supported with the development of a Gifted Student Profile, development of the four-year academic plan, and with assistance in course selection, acceleration, and advocacy.

Consideration for the Gifted Program requires documentation of the presence of the gifted designation. View our evaluation guidelines and a list of approved testing centers.

If you have any questions, please contact Director of Admissions and Enrollment Peggy Johnson at 314.997.2901, ext. 6119.

Tuition and Fees

It is our goal to keep tuition at a level that makes a Westminster education accessible for as many Christian families in the St. Louis region as possible, so that more young people can be prepared to engage the world and change it for Jesus Christ.

Our community of support and generous giving keeps us moving forward as tuition funds the daily learning experiences for every student.

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Tuition for the 2017-18 Academic Year

Grades 7-12: 
$16,700

Registration Deposit

$500 per new student / 

$250 per returning student

Yearly Fees 

Student activity fee (all students): $100

Graduation fee (seniors only): $100

 

Books and Other Expenses

Although the school provides many textbooks, some texts (such as workbooks and lab manuals) must be purchased. Average annual cost is approximately $100-200.

Other fees can include, but are not limited to, school uniform, school supplies, iPad, trips, retreats, equipment, and athletic uniforms. These costs may range from $50-750 depending on a student’s grade or level of involvement.

 

Special Services Fees

Fees will be assessed according to the scope and nature of the services provided. Students receiving Learning Center services qualify for either full-time or consultative services. All new students begin with full-time service, which includes at least one pullout class in the program.

  • Full-time consultative service fee – $2,400
  • Part-time consultative service fee – $1,200
  • Pull out class fee – $2,400/class
  • Extended Learning Center fee – $12,300
  • Gifted Program – $1,200

 

Tuition Payment Plans

  • Single Payment: One payment due on June 1, 2018.
  • Two Payments: Two equal payments due on June 1, 2018, and November 1, 2018
  • Ten Payments: Ten equal payments due on the first day of each month beginning June 1, 2018.

The first payment will be due on beginning June 1, 2017. Your student may not begin classes until the June, July, and August monthly payments are received. A $25 late fee will be assessed if full monthly payment is not received during the month that payment is due.

 

Early Withdrawal Policy

If a student withdraws after June 1, 2018, but before the first day of school, the family is responsible for paying the full tuition for the first quarter ($4,175). If a student leaves for any reason after classes have begun, the family is responsible for paying the full tuition for that quarter.

 

Late Tuition Payments

Final grades, transcripts, and diplomas will not be released until all financial obligations are paid in full. On June 1, 2018, a 5% late fee will be assessed on any outstanding balance. A 1% late fee will be assessed on the 1st of each month thereafter.

 

Make a secure online payment using a credit card.

Financial Aid

We strive to be excellent stewards of the resources that God provides for our students by offering need-based financial aid at Westminster.

Our financial aid program is intended to help close the gap between the amount a family can afford and the cost of a Westminster education, and we expect every family to contribute to part of their student’s tuition. Westminster does not offer any academic, fine arts, or athletic scholarships.

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We take many factors into consideration when determining a family’s ability to pay tuition, including income, assets, general living and medical expenses, financial obligations and number of dependents. Please also note that each case is evaluated individually. Therefore, families in the same income range may have different overall financial circumstances and consequently receive different amounts of financial aid.

For the 2017-18 academic year, we were able to assist 20% of the student body by awarding a total of $1.5 million in financial aid.

Apply for Financial Aid

Westminster uses Financial Aid for School Tuition (FAST) to process financial aid applications along with a review of tax and income information in order to determine financial aid awards.

How to Apply for Financial Aid

  1. Complete an online financial aid application at FAST.
    Before starting the application, please review the instructions (select Instructions on the left side of the FAST login page). If you would like to view the application in its entirety, download the User Guide to preview the information you will be required to submit.
  2. Download a copy of Federal Form 4506T. Upload a completed copy of the 4506T to FAST.
  3. When completed, upload copies of your 2017 W-2s and tax information to FAST. Refer to Quick Processing link on the FAST menu listing for directions and assistance on uploading your tax information.

Application Deadline 
New Families – January 1, 2018
Returning Families – February 1, 2018

In order to receive a decision by April 1, all families must submit their 2017 taxes by
March 15, 2018.

 

Please note the following:

  • It is the opinion of the school that, regardless of the marital status of an applicant’s parents, both of the child’s natural parents share the responsibility for educating their child. Thus, wherever possible, both must comply with the filing requirements as stated above. In the case that the custodial parent has remarried, the financial situation of the stepparent will also be taken into account.
  • Financial aid is awarded on current assessed need. You will need to reapply every year. If your financial situation changes, your aid award may change, as well.
  • Westminster Christian Academy, a private educational institution, admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.
  • Westminster Christian Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, and national or ethnic origin in the administration of its education programs, admissions policies, financial aid programs, athletics, cocurricular activities, or other school-administered programs.

 

If you have questions regarding the financial aid process, please contact Todd Fuller at 314.997.2900.

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