Westminster School

Westminster School is dedicated to providing a superior elementary and middle-school education whose fundamental goals for each child are a disciplined and well-informed mind, strength of character, dedication to learning, generosity of spirit, and joy in the possibilities of life.
The Westminster program is founded on a traditional curriculum, rigorous academic standards, and an atmosphere that promotes respect, integrity, kindness, and a sense of excellence.
Westminster's academic program provides thorough training in basic subjects within a broad humanities curriculum. The Classical tradition, great books, and exposure to the arts are emphasized and integrated throughout an accelerated, thoroughly rounded program.
Especially unique is Westminster School's dedication to building poise, self-confidence and positive personal presentation. This is achieved in many ways, but most exceptionally in the strong drama program at the school. Each student participates in a play every year, culminating with a Shakespeare production in the 7th grade and a musical in the 8th grade. Every student has a speaking role.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1962
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$350
Summer Program Cost NotesPer week

Student Body

Total Students241 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Westminster School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 14 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$21,636
Tuition NotesPreschool--$13,238 to 8th--$28,060 Kindergarten--$21,636 Financial Aid is available.
Admissions DirectorNancy Schuler
Admissions AssociateAmanda Hinton


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Dance, Soccer, Softball, Track and FieldBasketballCross Country,
SoftballTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.20 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Builders Club (Community Service), Chess Club, French Club, MathCounts, Odyssey of the Mind, Science Olympiad

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Class, Cello, Chorus, Music class, Orchestra, Piano Lessons, Theater Arts, Violin Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball Team, Karate, Soccer, Soccer Team, Softball Team, Track and Field

School Notes

  • Accelerated Academic Program (Math, Science, English, Reading), Classical Studies/History. Junior Great Books, French, Latin, Music, Art, Drama, Daily PE, Multiple Field Trips, Emphasis on Character, Kindness, and Courtesy
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (10 reviews)
My son graduated from Westminster School several years ago. He recalls fondly his years spent there. Certainly, some subjects were more challenging than others, but we agree that the learning foundation he received at Westminster School has contributed to his success in high school and college. The academic program pairs very well with the arts, music and languages classes offered at the school. The athletic program is also very good. My son learned to play chess at Westminster School. The field trips to area museums, theaters and historical landmarks were educational and fun. The administrators and teachers are dedicated to the success of the students. We are very pleased with the education and strong sense of community he received at Westminster School.
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This is a review from a parent whose children attended Westminster and we are seeing the benefits of the Westminster curriculum and development of the complete student. I have 2 alumni and we attribute much of their success to the very strong foundation created at Westminster. I highly recommend this school to any and all prospective family considering a classical education with a focus on the arts and the complete development of the student.
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Westminster School is an amazing program that molds and shapes children into young people of quality and excellence. It does not happen overnight nor does it happen without some challenge or difficulty. The academics are creative and presented in a purposeful manner. This program is rigorous. It requires commitment from not only the child but the parents as well. With the hard work comes wonderful gifts; plays, concerts, Bingo nights, and a sense of community, you can never find anywhere else. At the end of the road, you have a Westminster graduate, full of promise and ready to tackle and experience the world around them. My child is already so poised, fearless, articulate and so impressive however still has time to grow before graduation comes. I am so glad I choose this school and you will too!
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I do not really fit into the category of administrator, but I am neither a parent nor alumnus. I became acquainted with Westminster about three years ago when I agreed to help on their Board. I am truly an independent member of the Board and community and have grown to respect and cherish the school. The commitment to classical education and educating the entire person, including to high social and moral standards, resonates with me. The teachers and staff are top-notch, and I can say without a doubt - I find them to be hardworking and dedicated.
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I had two children obtain a Westminster education. I was not only pleased with their education but also their learning habits. Their learning habits was instrumental in their subsequent success in High School and College. I am actively engaged as a volunteer with Westminster and continue to be impressed with how the school programs continue to grow. In addition to the core STEM courses, the children have classes in Latin, French, Art, and music. There is an excellent athletic program. Each class puts on a play each year and it is amazing to see how the children's poise and self confidence grow through the years.
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We tried public school and soon realized that there has to be a better solution. After visiting several private schools the choice for us was easy. Westminster had an excellent teacher to student ratio, a rigorous curriculum with an emphasis on the arts. We also really liked the use of class plays to develop public speaking and confidence. Westminster has exceeded our expectations on every level. Our children are thriving and are being well prepared for high school and college. Some additional benefits we found at Westminster is they teach and use cursive writing have door to door bus service and actually hold the children responsible for organization and timely assignments. Lesson's that will be used in every facet of academic achievement and professional work. We could not be more pleased with Westminster and have not regretted our decision.
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To offer a contrast to the negative review of May 12, 2014, I would suggest that any stress on the children comes not from Westminster's programs, policies, or faculty, but rather from parents who cannot allow their children to be anything less than perfect. What I have found at Westminster is that the faculty and staff encourage each child to put forth his/her very best efforts which may, or may not, result in perfect, or near perfect, scores. What I have witnessed is that this is a school which places a high value on the process of learning, not necessariliy the result. If you are the type of parent who allows your child/ren to fall and to then learn from the experience, who can accept that perfection is a goal, not a reality, and who can self reflect to ascertain who is really bearing and/or breeding the stress, this is the perfect school for you and your child. My family and I have never been so impressed by a school or its faculty and staff before; Westminster is a very hard act to follow.
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As a current mother and parent of a Westminster School student, I would like to firmly say to all parents thinking about sending their daughter to this school to PLEASE RECONSIDER! Westminster severely lacks a proper educational environment. The extreme stress placed on students by the faculty is vastly detrimental to the mental well being of adolescents. There is no school counselor, the headmaster also fills this position and his focus is on discipline while completely neglecting the mental and emotional health of the student body. Many current students parents have confided in me, as their 3rd/4th graders, about the horrifying lack of sleep they suffer, the emotional anguish they experience trying to achieve perfect grades, and the physical illnesses they suffer from overworking themselves due to the high expectations of their teachers. (A book to board to notebook process) Surely, while no school is perfect, there must be a better way to give a young woman an education without leaving her mentally scarred throughout her early years.
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After a traumatic introduction to Kindergarten in another private school we began a frantic search for another school for our son. After visiting Westminster, my first reaction was, "Wow!" We moved in mid-year K and our son just started 3rd grade, and my "Wow" has never diminished. The best decision we could have ever made. He is thriving in a caring, professional, progressive educational experience. Small classes, specialized teachers, and a culture that fosters excellence and respect.
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This school upholds high standards of conduct and academic excellence. It was never my intention to look for an easy school. I admire that it encourages the students to expect much more of themselves. Some times are challenging, however I know my son will graduate an assertive and well rounded student ready for his high school years. I personally think this is a testament to the school and its commitment to a better education for our children.
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