5.00 (7 reviews)
Westminster School Photo #2 - A hallmark of a Westminster education is an emphasis on personal presentation. Students are encouraged to take pride in their daily appearance, to look people in the eye, to have a firm handshake and to face each day with a sense of confidence and joy.
Westminster School Photo #3 - All students in grades KG-8 act in a theater production every year. The confidence and poise that comes from theater is one of the most significant reasons a Westminster graduate stands out among his peers.
Westminster School Photo #4 - All students in grades KG-8 enjoy a DAILY PE class. Children in grades K-2 also have two recesses per day. Children in grades 3-6 have one recess in addition to their PE class. Dance is also incorporated into PE classes. Team sports are available to students in grades 5-8.
Westminster School Photo #5 - Westminster School emphasizes the arts. All students enjoy art classes in a sunlit art studio. Students are taught art history and art appreciation, as well as technique. All types of media are explored. All students take an art-focused field trip every year.
Westminster School Photo #6 - School uniforms are worn every day. Blazers and ties are worn for special occasions such as a field trip to a museum or theater or on-campus events such as Honor Roll.
Westminster School Photo #7 - The curriculum includes advanced science classes culminating in high school biology in the 7th grade and high school chemistry and physics in the 8th grade.
Westminster School Photo #8 - Many special days and school traditions add to the richness of the curriculum. In this photo, 2nd grade students enjoy Native American Day.
Westminster School Photo #9 - In addition to the daily PE classes and recesses, students in grades 5 through 8 may choose to play team sports in soccer, basketball, track, and softball. Children in lower grades may choose from an array of after-school enrichment opportunities.
- 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.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
|Grades Offered||Grades Nursery/Preschool-8|
|Summer School Offered||Yes|
|Summer Program Cost||$350|
|Summer Program Cost Notes||Per week|
|Total Students||241 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 24%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||28 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||9:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||12 students|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Feb. 16 / rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$18,544|
|Tuition Notes||Preschool--$11,820 to 8th--$23,952 Financial Aid is available.|
|Admissions Director||Nancy Schuler|
|Admissions Associate||Bodil Lund|
|Total Sports Offered||6 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Soccer, Softball, Track and FieldBasketball, Cross Country,|
Softball, Track 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
- 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 Location Miles Grades Students
- Alexandria Grades: PK-8 | 265 students
3700 Burgundy Road
Alexandria, VA 22303
(703)329-6968 6.4 PK-8
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.
- Posted by Administrator - Jay
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.
- Posted by Parent - Keith
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.
- Posted by Parent - Eugene
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.
- Posted by Parent - cheri
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.
- Posted by Parent - lonac
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.
- Posted by Parent - bfede
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.
- Posted by Parent - merce
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