The Curriculum

Westminster Academy’s approach to its curriculum is inspired by an understanding of the classical liberal arts and 1,500 years of proven success in producing some of the greatest thinkers and leaders in history. 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 already learning the tools needed to become confident and mature adults.

For a more complete look at our curriculum, why not 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.

To download the full curriculum for JK-6th grade, click here. For the 7th-12th grade curriculum, click here.

 

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 which 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.

 

7th-9th Grade

In this stage, emphasis is placed on your child’s language development. These 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 an integration of fine arts enhances a love of learning.

1st-6th Grade

In this stage, emphasis is placed on your child’s language development. These 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 an integration of fine arts enhances a love of learning.

 

10th-12th Grade

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 these students about a biblical worldview and preparing them for higher education. Bible is taught through 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.