The Admission Process
Thank you for your interest in applying to Westminster Academy! We want you to find the best school home for you and your family. We believe that Westminster offers a unique curriculum and close-knit community unlike any other found in the Memphis area. Our admission process is designed to help you made the best choice for your child. The best way to gain an understanding of what a classical Christian education truly means is to see it in action. We would love for you to schedule a tour, visit a class, or attend a school event to learn more.
Start the process by submitting your application and non-refundable $75 application fee.
For our littlest students, we look for developmental readiness for school with the Gesell Developmental Observation tool. This assessment requires a separate parent and teacher questionnaire which will be emailed to you after you’ve submitted your child’s application.
For junior kindergarten, we look for a chronological age of 4 by June 1, along with the results of the Gesell Developmental Early Screener. For kindergarten, we ask that applicants turn 5 by June 1 and demonstrate developmental readiness for school.
We require the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or most recent CTP achievement test scores.
If registering for the ISEE, our school code is 432570. All assessments can be conducted on our campus or you can schedule the ISEE at the test site of your choice. To register for a test conducted on our campus, please schedule through your parent portal after completing the initial online application, which can be found here.
For more information about how to register for an ISEE at the testing location of your choice, visit erblearn.org.
Students applying to 1st grade will spend a morning in our kindergarten class. You will be able to schedule this in your parent portal, after submitting an application.
A student’s character will be observed on their shadow day by the grade teachers in the Grammar School. Students will spend a day with us in their current grade and this can be scheduled from your parent portal once you submit an application.
Students applying to the Upper School grades 8th-12th will interview with our Head of Upper School during their scheduled shadow day.
Records & Teacher Recommendations
Records and teacher recommendations are not required for students applying to JK through 1st Grade. Teacher recommendations, discipline reports, and other documentation will be reviewed to give the admission committee the best sense of a student’s character. Prospective parents should carefully read and understand the Westminster Academy vision statement. A signed records release will be required to request transcripts from your current school.
The final step in our process is for parents to meet with our headmaster, Mr. Ralph Janikowsky. This time is intended for us to learn more about your family and for you to ask any questions you may have. We will contact you to schedule this appointment after your application packet is completed.
Submit application for financial aid if necessary. Tuition assistance will be based on family income and expense for the most recent calendar year for which an income tax return has been filed.
Westminster Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.