Westminster Academy employs qualified teachers for each of the core academic subjects and elective courses it offers. Each year, students at Westminster Academy enroll in the subjects of their choice. This provides families with the flexibility to tailor a unique educational strategy for each child.
Academic Calendar & Grading
Westminster's academic calendar is a four quarter/two semester annual system. During the school year, Westminster Academy uses a block schedule, with classes meeting either two days or three days each week on Mondays, Tuesdays or Thursdays. When students are not in class they prepare for upcoming lectures by reading assigned materials and completing homework. In addition, students use this time to work on long-term individual and group projects. This schedule helps Westminster Academy’s students to learn time-management and independent study skills, which prepares them well for college.
Westminster Academy’s teachers regularly provide students with graded evaluations of their work, including quizzes, tests, projects, and writing assignments. Grades are given for mid-term exams and final exams. Students are issued quarterly report cards. The following uniform grading scale has been adopted: A 90-100% (4.0); B 80-89% (3.0); C 70-79% (2.0). Anything below 70 is considered failing.
In addition to academics, students at Westminster Academy can participate in a variety of extracurricular activities. Students publish the school newspaper and a yearbook. They can participate in school social events, such as picnics, dances and prom. Opportunities for community service are available for students and their families throughout the year. Field trips are organized by teachers to supplement classroom learning. Also, Westminster frequently offers international cultural and educational trips for families.