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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.