Walk Through Westminster:
Middle School Edition
Are you raising a tween or a pre-teen?
Are you worried about the changes that are headed your way? Scared because of your OWN middle school experience?
Middle school at a classical Christian school looks a little different. We know that adolescence is not a mistake, but a God-ordained time of final preparation of a child for adult maturity and independence. Yet all too often, we want to ignore these incredibly formative years and wait for the students to “grow up!” However, it is during these years that most students build their identity and make formational life decisions about their faith, their self-worth, and their goals in life.
Described by Dorothy Sayers in 1947, this stage is "characterized by contradicting, answering back, liking to 'catch people out' (especially one's elders).... its nuisance-value is very high." It should, therefore, not surprise us when these tweens begin to behave in exactly the way they were created to behave.
If you're asking yourself, "How do I nurture my child when he is pulling away from me?" "What is shaping my child’s character and how do I respond at home?" or "How can school possibly help me?" then come see
for yourself at our next “Walk Westminster” open house on February 27. RSVP for your tour time at the link below.
During this special tour experience, you will have the chance to tour the campus, visit classrooms, and view projects and experiments—all with two of our stellar student ambassadors. You will also have the opportunity to meet some of our wonderful Westminster parents!
Reservations required. We look forward to having you join us for a Walk Through Westminster!
Why Come to Westminster?
At Westminster, we want our students’ education to prepare them for the future, not just prepare them to pass a test. Our goals differ from most schools today, with an emphasis on the arts, humanities, and Scripture. We want our students to understand that all truth is God’s truth and it is impossible to learn about anything without the Scriptures at the center of our subjects. This philosophy is reflected in the way we teach our curriculum from JK all the way through graduation.
Education for formation
Development of critical thinking – “Why?”
Emphasis on the true, good, and beautiful
Integrated interdisciplinary learning
Appreciation of Western Civilization
Latin taught as a core requirement
Humanities and fine arts emphasis
Requires the student to learn how to learn
Mastery as working to one’s fullest potential
Lifelong love of learning as the ultimate goal
Truth is objective, knowable, and absolute
Parents as primary educators
Education for information
Development of correct procedures – “How?”
Emphasis on politically correct
Fragmented and disjointed learning
Critique of Western Civilization
Latin as an elective
Requires the student to learn how to pass tests
Mastery as measured by test grades
Graduation as the ultimate goal
Truth is subjective, relative, and individual
Teachers as primary educators