Westminster Academy’s approach to its curriculum is inspired by an understanding of the classical liberal arts and 1,500 years of proven success. We teach all subjects as part of an integrated whole with scriptures at the center. We intentionally plan our curriculum with the end in mind so that even our very youngest are learning the tools needed to become confident and mature adults.
For a more complete look at our curriculum, come visit! Click here to schedule a tour and discover the education for a lifetime. If you are interested in reading more about the Classical Curriculum, read Dorothy Sayers’ 1947 article “The Lost Tools of Learning.” Her article inspired the creation of the first classical school in 1980.
JK & Kindergarten
While JK and Kindergarten are part of the grammar school, little ones have academic half days with an option for the Westminster Extended Enrichment (WEE) program. WEE lasts through the end of the school day at 3 p.m. At this stage, play is their work. Mornings are full of fine arts, Scripture, language arts, and math. They also have opportunities to engage in art, music, dramatic play, messy play, and sensory exploration. Once a week, older students visit to read aloud with their buddies.
As students mature and approach the middle school years, they want to dissect ideas, analyze arguments, seek justice, and discover the reason behind everything. Debate and logic become important tools, so what better way to channel this natural development than through formal logic and debate classes? Teachers engage students in discussion and debate, teaching students to make logical arguments and helping them tell the difference between a logical and emotional response.
In this stage, emphasis is placed on your child’s language development. Young children begin to mimic, mime, and repeat what they hear in the world around them. So, we create opportunities for students to learn about literature, music, science, and art. History begins in 2nd grade with a chronological timeline that is taught through sixth grade and then repeated, in depth, in Upper School. Finally, twice weekly P.E. focuses on coordination and control while classes in music and art enhance their love of learning.
As students leave the Logic stage, they begin to wonder about the wider world. Students in the Rhetoric stage are taught to engage with the world through speeches, writing, and service. An emphasis is placed on teaching a biblical worldview and preparing them for higher education. Bible is taught in every classroom, but bible courses are specially applied in the Upper School along with a 10-day capstone trip to Italy during our students’ senior year.