Our Mission & Vision
Westminster Academy offers parents a tool for teaching their children to reason, discern, and apply Truth by way of Scripture and the classical liberal arts.
Our Vision for 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 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.
Classical Christian education is the cultivation of virtue and wisdom by nourishing the soul on truth, goodness, and beauty according to God’s Revelation using the classical liberal arts. Its purpose is to train the soul to love that which is worth loving.
The Statement of Faith
The Statement of Faith was adopted by Westminster Academy is a summary of classical reformed orthodoxy.
We believe that the Bible in its entirety is divine revelation, and we submit to the authority of this Holy Scripture, acknowledging it to be inerrantly inspired by God and to carry the full weight of His authority.
We believe in one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. He is Creator of all things, omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
The Father and the risen and ascended Son have sent the Holy Spirit to dwell in the hearts of believers, effecting their regeneration and operating in their sanctification. The same Holy Spirit brings His people together to form a corporate community of believers.
We believe in the spiritual unity of all believers in our Lord Jesus Christ. We believe that the triune God has established a visible church which is called to live in the power of the Holy Spirit under the authoritative regulation of Holy Scripture, exercising discipline, administering the sacraments, and preaching the gospel of Christ.
We believe that salvation is by grace through faith alone in Christ alone. This faith without its accompanying works is dead.
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost, they that are saved to the resurrection of life and they that are lost to the resurrection of damnation.
We believe in an orthodox Christian view of life, identity, marriage and sexual morality in full accord with the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament.
We believe that all human life is sacred and created by God in His image. Human life is of inestimable worth in all its dimensions, including pre-born babies, the aged, the physically or mentally challenged, and every other stage or condition from conception through natural death. (Ps. 139:13-16)
We believe that our identity as male and female is ordained by God as part of His creation. God created each person male or female and these distinct, complementary genders together reflect the image and nature of God. (Gen. 1:26-27)
We believe that Adam and Eve were made to complement each other in a one-flesh union. This creation ordinance establishes marriage between one man and one woman as the only proper context for all sexual relations. The New Testament makes clear that this relationship ultimately serves as a picture of the union between Christ and his Church. ( Mk. 10:6-9)
We embrace and adopt the essential truths of orthodox Christianity as articulated in the system of doctrine expressed in the creeds of the Protestant Reformation, including The Westminster Confession of Faith, The Thirty-nine Articles of Religion, The Heidelberg Catechism, and The Second London Baptist Confession of 1689. (See Section 2.6 for policy regarding secondary doctrine).