Our Vision for Our Students
Westminster Academy aims to graduate young men and women who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; who reason persuasively and articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating their entire range of experience in the light of the Scriptures; and who do so with eagerness in joyful submission to God. We desire that they see all learning as under the authority of Christ, seeking to integrate all subjects together in forming a comprehensive biblical world-view. We desire them to recognize cultural influences as distinct from biblical, and to be unswayed by the world, the flesh, and the devil. We aim to find them well-prepared in all situations, possessing truth and knowledge and the ability to decide and act confidently. We desire they be socially graceful and spiritually gracious; equipped with and understanding the tools of learning; developing a lifelong love of learning, and desiring to grow in wisdom. We desire that they know and love the Lord Jesus Christ and His church, having a heart for the unsaved and the courage to give a defense of the hope that is within them. All these we desire our students to possess with humility, thankfulness, and gratitude to God.
Our Vision for Our Faculty
We likewise aim to cultivate these same qualities in our faculty and to see them well paid so that they may make a career at Westminster Academy. We desire them to be professional and diligent in their work, gifted in teaching, loving their students, loving their subjects, and most importantly, loving the Lord in front of their students. We desire that they clearly understand classical education, how it is implemented in their classrooms, and how their work fits into the whole of the trivium; that they possess a lifelong hunger to learn and grow; and that they have opportunity to grow in their gifts and skills and to be refreshed and renewed. We desire to see them coach and mentor new staff. We desire faculty to serve as academic coaches to students and to identify, nurture, and develop the intellectual, physical, and spiritual gifts of students. We look to see them continue to mature in Christ, to participate joyfully in Christian community through the local church, and to grow in their knowledge of God and the Scriptures.
Our Vision for Parents
Westminster Academy functions under the principle of in loco parentis, under the delegated authority of the parents. We believe that the parents are the primary educator and as a school, we partner with them in training up a child in the way he should go. Therefore, we aim to cultivate in our parents a sense of responsibility for Westminster Academy; to see them well informed about the goals and methods of classical Christian education. We desire our parents to grow with the school and to be involved in and excited about the educational journey of their children. We recognize our own rightful authority in curriculum, policy, and discipline as an independent classical Christian school while also recognizing and respecting the God-given authority of parents over their children, particularly in matters of secondary doctrine and issues pertaining to Christian liberty. Therefore, in the construction of our policies, we want to take care always to acknowledge rather than undermine parental authority. We desire to partner with parents to demonstrate to all our students the body of Christ living joyfully and graciously together in Christian community, and worshiping and serving together in local churches.
Our Vision for Memphis
Finally, in our relationship with our community, we aim to be witnesses for Christ by building caring and joyful relationships, being ready to give a defense of the hope that is within us. We desire to participate in and serve the Memphis area, showing the love of Christ in all our external dealings with outside organizations, businesses, and other schools. We seek to exemplify the unity of the body of Christ and to develop greater fellowship with churches across Memphis. We seek to communicate the vision of classical Christian education to the greater Memphis community and encourage believing parents to understand and pursue classical education for their children.