Gifted Program
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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.

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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 are assigned to their gifted teacher for advisory and for consultative services. Throughout all four years, the faculty maintains a continued emphasis on a biblical perspective, develops a Gifted Student Profile, monitors the four-year academic plan, and assists in course selection, acceleration, and advocacy. During the 9th and 10th grades, the gifted teacher assists students with developing and executing a capstone project that connects them with mentors in their fields of interest. During the 11th and 12th grades, the gifted teacher works in concert with the college counselors for SAT, ACT, AP opportunities and the college selection process.

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.

 Smart Sports

Westminster’s spring 2016 athletes are living Athletic Pillar #3 – good grades and conduct lead the way. At the conclusion of the fall season, each team averaged a GPA of 3.39 or higher based on the athletes’ first-semester (unweighted) GPAs. They are proving that they are indeed student athletes and using their gifts for God’s glory!
GPA Breakdowns

Individual Athlete Breakdown
  • 16% – 4.0 or higher
  • 50% – 3.5 or higher
  • 81% – 3.0 or higher
  • Individual average – 3.44
Team Breakdown
  • Varsity Baseball – 3.40
  • JV Baseball – 3.49
  • C-Team Baseball – 3.65
  • JV Boys Golf – 3.51
  • Varsity Boys Golf – 3.57
  • C-Team Boys Lacrosse – 3.60
  • JV Boys Lacrosse – 3.48
  • C-Team Girls Lacrosse – 3.34
  • JV Girls Lacrosse – 3.48
  • Varsity Girls Lacrosse – 3.54
  • C-Team Girls Soccer – 3.31
  • JV Girls Soccer – 3.24
  • Varsity Girls Soccer – 3.56
  • JV Boys Tennis – 3.25
  • Varsity Boys Tennis – 3.59
  • Boys Track – 3.53
  • Girls Track – 3.41
  • JV Boys Volleyball – 3.14
  • Varsity Boys Volleyball – 3.08
Middle School STEM

It begins in the Middle School!

Tall towers need strong foundations. Building a strong foundation during middle school ensures that your child will learn and master the essential lessons and skills that will allow him or her to flourish in high school.

Within Westminster’s six-year program, beginning in 7th grade, our faculty and administrators work together to determine what our students must learn in 7th grade, 8th grade, and so on, in order to prepare them to reach their highest potential by their senior year.

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Middle school teachers are committed to providing your child the appropriate challenge and nurture so that they discover their gifts, identify their passion, and realize their potential.

We recognized that nurture without challenge can weaken a student, and challenge without nurture can be exasperating. Our goal is to hold these two elements in constant tension – an objective accomplished daily by our incredible teachers.

We invite you to visit our campus, meet our teachers, and learn more about the world-class opportunities in academics, the arts, and athletics at Westminster Christian Academy.

By Director of Admissions Peggy Johnson

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.

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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 call Director of Special Services Lucy Erdman at 314.997.2901, ext. 6115.

students-IMG_6438Apply 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. If you prefer, a paper application is available. 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 in 2017-18, applications for admission are due by Tuesday, January 17. For your convenience, please apply through the Veracross parent portal using your parent ID and password.

Application Deadlines for 2017-18 School Year

9th Grade  – December 16, 2016
All Other Grades  – January 17, 2017

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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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.

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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, 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 both parents and ascertain agreement with the school’s statement of faith. The interview is scheduled after the written portion of the application is received. Westminster welcomes students representing various racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds who will bring diversity to the school community.

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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.

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By Director of Admissions Peggy Johnson

Last week, a family came to my office requesting information about enrolling their eldest son—not an unusual event for an admissions director. The surprise was that their son was in first grade!  These parents were serious about their responsibility to provide the best education for their son, so they started by thinking about where they wanted him to be years later and are working backwards. Interestingly wise approach! They wanted to know where our students go to college and how our graduates are impacting their world. They even asked to observe a teacher in an upper school class and to watch the social interactions of students in and out of the classroom. By the end of their visit, it was Westminster all the way, and they were off to visit an elementary school.

Family

This family understands the impact of a Christian education and exceptional classroom instruction that stirs both the heart and mind. They value the partnership between the home and school, working in harmony to provide “an excellent education rooted in Biblical truth.”  This is the experience they want for their two sons.

“Honor God in all that we do,” is emblazoned on the doorframe in our Grand Entry. This first principle of Westminster’s six core values challenges students, faculty and parents to live out their faith in their relationships, character and service for others.

Another one of our core values is to “enroll and serve families.” This idea is unique within the private education community. By living out this value, Westminster provides a comprehensive academic program that meets the needs of a broad range of learners. Most parents recognize that God distinctively gifts each child. Even within the same family, one child may be self-motivated and thrive on a demanding academic program, while a sibling struggles with traditional learning. Westminster has honors and advance placement classes for the student who needs the challenge, and courses that provide extra support for the student with learning disabilities.

The family is disintegrating all around us, and raising children is challenging and complicated.  Westminster honors the family and supports parents’ God-given responsibility to educate their children. We’re committed to a program that serves the learning needs of all the children in the family, so that siblings can attend the same school. Financial aid is available for helping families who are not able to pay the full cost of tuition. Families representing all of God’s people from “every tribe and language and people and nation” have equal opportunity for a Westminster education.

That first grade boy will be preparing to join our community five years from now. With great excitement and anticipation, he’ll walk through our doors that fall knowing that his little brother will soon be sharing his Westminster experience. Why? Because we love, serve and enroll families.

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Take a look – Why Westminster?

If you walk around campus and ask students about Westminster’s community, you’ll hear story after story about Spirit Week; fun memories from Junior/Senior Banquet; and opportunities to be a part of athletics, the arts, and clubs. Students will share about Bible studies, service projects, and the impact that their Christian teachers have had on their middle and high school experience. Yet still, there is something even richer about the Westminster community.

Westminster is a community with a vision to prepare and equip more young men and women to engage the world and change it for Jesus Christ.

Look Further

While browsing our website, look for examples of how this vision is shaping our students and how it has impacted our alumni. 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 2016-17

Enrollment

  • 1,015 students
  • 750 Upper School (grades 9-12)
  • 265 Middle School (grades 7-8)
  • 52% girls and 48% boys
  • 19.2% students of color
  • National Merit (Class of 2016): 6 National Merit Scholars / 4 Commended Scholars

Church Representation

Westminster currently enrolls students from 198 churches:
  • Reformed Presbyterian – 31%
  • Non-denominational – 28%
  • Evangelical Free – 8%
  • Baptist – 7%
  • Lutheran – 9%
  • Catholic – 6%
  • Other denominations – 12%

Class of 2016

  • 100% college placement (53% private / 47% public)
  • Four-year college – 97%
  • Two-year college – 3%
  • Missions/work/military – 0%
  • ACT Data – average score: 25 / average of top 25%: 32.4

Faculty

  • 92 full-time / 11 part-time
  • 66% hold advanced degrees (includes 7 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
  • $1.45 million was awarded in financial aid for the 2016-17 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).

Welcome

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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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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What is Westminster looking for in a prospective student?

Westminster seeks to enroll well-rounded students who are motivated to pursue higher education, grow in a personal faith in Jesus Christ, and serve others. We welcome students who represent a variety of ethnic, denominational, and economic backgrounds.

How do I apply?

We encourage all applicants to apply online. If you have any additional questions about the application process, please contact Admissions Assistant Katie Boggs or call 314.997.2900. Please complete both the parent and student applications. Our application fee is $50 and can be paid using a credit card during the online application process or by check mailed to Westminster Christian Academy, 800 Maryville Centre Dr., Town & Country, MO 63017. 9th grade applications for the 2017-18 academic year are due December 16, 2016. All other applications are due January 17, 2017.

Can I schedule a visit and/or have my student attend a class?

We encourage both parents and prospective students to visit Westminster on a school day to observe the school in session and to allow the prospective student to shadow a current student. Visits always include a school tour. To arrange a visit, please contact Admissions.

What is the average class size?

Westminster currently enrolls 1,015 students (265 in the Middle School and 750 in the Upper School). The average class size is 17.3. The teacher/student ratio is 1 to 11.2.

Is Westminster accredited?

Yes. Westminster is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). We maintain membership with the Independent Schools of St. Louis (ISSL), Christian Schools Association of St. Louis (CSASL), and The College Board.

Does Westminster promote diversity?

Westminster seeks to foster a community that embraces the cultural, ethnic, racial, denominational, and socioeconomic diversity reflected in our unity in Christ and the Kingdom of God. Westminster admits qualified students of any race, color, sex, and national or ethnic origin.

The Westminster Diversity Community – made up of parents, faculty, staff and Board members – meets regularly to establish goals and courses of action not only to increase and retain a diverse student population but also to nurture an inclusive culture that impacts all areas of school life. Director of Diversity Aaron Layton says, “Our goal is not simply to get minorities here, but rather it is to make them feel respected, valued and that they are an integral part of the community.”

How diverse is the student body?

Westminster is comprised of people from differing cultural and ethnic backgrounds, but the school is also diverse in students’ learning styles, church denominations, and socioeconomic status. Our ethnic diversity is 18%, made up of African-American, Hispanic, Native American, multiracial, and international students. Our families attend more than 198 churches and represent many Christian denominations. Our comprehensive program provides for the educational needs of students with diagnosed learning disabilities and those who are academically gifted. More than 20% of our student body receives financial aid.

How does Westminster support the educational needs of students with diagnosed learning disabilities?

Westminster’s Special Services program enhances a student’s academic success by providing tools and strategies to utilize in the classroom, with homework and during testing. Special Services helps special learners to understand their learning profiles well enough to confidently adapt to a defined learning program. We limit this program to 10% of the students in a grade level. Contact Director of Special Services Lucy Erdmann for more information.

Does Westminster require an entrance exam?

Yes. Many data points are considered to form a complete picture of an applicant. An entrance exam is one of those 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 testing 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: November 12, December 3, January 21, and February 4.

What is the cost of tuition at Westminster?

Tuition for the 2017-18 academic year is $16,700. Additional expenses may include school uniform, books, iPad (for incoming 7th-9th grade students), athletic uniforms, extra-curricular trips, retreats and other school-related activities. These fees may range from $250-$1,250, depending on the student’s age and level of involvement.

Does Westminster offer scholarships or financial aid?

We offer financial aid to families on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Westminster awarded more than $1.45 million in need-based assistance for the 2016-17 academic year. 
Read more information about financial aid.

I don’t think my family can afford Westminster and am not sure we will qualify for financial aid. Should we still apply?

If you are unsure whether you will qualify for financial aid but acknowledge that paying Westminster’s tuition and fees would be a financial hardship, then we highly encourage you to apply for financial aid. The process is confidential.

Can my child play varsity sports as a freshman?

Yes. Skill, not age, is most important. Junior varsity and freshman teams, as well as club sports, provide additional opportunities for athletic involvement.

Does Westminster offer middle school sports teams?

Yes. We encourage all middle school students to participate on sports teams. Students are placed on teams that are appropriate for their skill levels. Middle school team practices take place from 2:25 to 3:30 p.m., and games are typically held after 5:30 p.m. or on Saturdays.

What happens to applicants when a class’ enrollment is full?

If an applicant is qualified to attend Westminster but there are no spaces currently available, the applicant’s name will be placed in a wait pool. If and when an opening becomes available, the Admissions Committee will select the most appropriate candidate for the opening.

What colleges do Westminster students attend?

One-hundred percent of our 2016 graduating class enrolled in college. Of those students, 53% selected a private college, and 47% chose a public college.

How are parents involved in the school community?

Parents Advancing Westminster (PAW) offers many opportunities for parents to serve the Westminster community using their time and talents. We encourage parents to support their student by attending performances, special on-campus programs, sporting events, and other community events.

Do students wear uniforms?

Yes. The Westminster standardized dress program through Lands’ End is simple, affordable, and includes a variety of options, including shorts.

Does the school offer Advanced Placement (AP) classes?

Yes. We offer 17 distinct AP classes.

What are the school hours?

Students may be dropped off as early at 6:30 a.m. The weekly schedule is 
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 7:55 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Additional Information

If you would like to receive regular communications, please complete our Information Request form or call 314.997.2900.

To schedule a visit, please contact our Admissions Office or 314.997.2900.