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Westminster Academy

Private | PK-12 | 958 students

WA is best know for its academic excellence and strong sense of community.

 
 

Living in Fort Lauderdale

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $235,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,190.

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Posted Monday, August 18, 2014

Horrible place. I went to this school for 3 years... bullying was out of control and the some same people who called themselves Christians were the very SOURCE of hatred. Do yourself and your children a favor and stay away from this school.


Posted Saturday, August 16, 2014

In a short summary, this school is NOT all that it's cracked up to be... Westminster is still living off its once great reputation, however they are losing it fast. The quality of the teachers is just not what it used to be and the high turnover is not helping them either. They also have a BIG problem with drugs which they are aware of but rarely do anything about it. It is probably the reason why most of their teachers left. Both my son and daughter graduated from this school a few years ago and we saw it going downhill. A lot has changed in the school over the last few years and it no longer felt like a christan envirnment. They should practice what they preach! I would not recommend it to new parents. So sad :(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2014

My interaction with the staff at WA was not very good. The High School principal came across as cold and indifferent. Thank God for his love and kindness!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2012

Our two daughters attend this school in preschool and Kindergarden and my husband and I couldn't be happier with our decision to send them here. The quality of the teachers, office administration and other staff is top notch. The classrooms have all the latest technology including Apple computers for the students to use and an online potal which allows parents to log-in to view their child's homework, attendance, calendars and more. The other families and their children that attend school here are very welcoming and polite and the parent involvement is very high which is wonderful. There are a lot of school events throughout the year and so many extra activities are offered including ballet, piano lessons, swimming, painting and much more. The curriculum is college preparatory based while honoring Christ and educating the students about the bible and their faith. Our children are so happy here and we can't wait for our one year old to start in a few years as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2012

I love and am committed to Christian education. My personal experience with Westminster Academy causes me to wonder if it merits the high ratings others have given it here. I was offered a job here on Aug 1. I accepted the position two days later on the 3rd. On the 6th they notified me that they were rescinding the offer and hiring someone local instead. (I live in Maryland.) My interaction with the school began in June and included emails, a phone interview, and a skype interview. They had promised to make a decision by a date in mid July. They postponed their decision several weeks, until finally offering me the position on 8/1. After I accepted their offer, I immediately began looking for a place to stay in Florida, pricing moving options, buying packing supplies, and packing my things in an effort to be there quickly and before their 8/14 start date. Then the news of the 6th arrived. Naturally I complained but did not expect it to do any good. I have sent receipts for the $103 I spent on moving supplies in reliance upon their word, but have been ignored. This is how this "Christian" school treats people in this economy. This is the example they set.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 7, 2011

When looking for a preschool for our 2 yr old, I had extremely high standards and put in hours of research. My choices came down to WA and another private elementary school close by. When I called both schools, the reception I received from the staff at WA was very welcoming and impressive. We did the tour of the school and were further impressed by not only the facilities and activities, but the genuine love and sense of family shared by staff and students. So far, we are very happy with our choice and expect to continue to be so. The school culture encourages a love for Christ ( which I was looking for) but is strong on academics (which my husband was looking for), so I recommend WA wholeheartedly to anyone seeking the perfect blend of experiences for their child and an environment where they can thrive and grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2011

We moved to south Florida four years ago from northern Virginia, where our children attended a premier college prep non-denominational Christian school. For the first three years in Florida, our kids went to a Christian school northwest of Ft Lauderdale, where our daughter graduated in 2010. We were very disappointed in the academics and spiritual life there. This year our son attended Westminster for his first year of high school. What a difference! Westminster's academics are top-rate, the student body is involved and welcoming, the teachers are spirit-filled and encouraging, and the administration is helpful beyond belief. It is well worth the 30 minute drive each morning and afternoon to have our son be immersed in such an environment where God comes first in everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2010

As a parent who desires only the best for his children (just like all of us), I'm very proud that such a fine school exists. The difference between westminster and other fine private schools in our area is that education at westminster goes beyond excellence in academics. With children spending so much time in school and with their peers, the school's influence ultimately enters the home. For this reason, westminster stands far above the rest. Academic Excellence....the teaching of values and morals....sports....and an overall beautiful environment is why we chose westminster for our children.....and morals and values are the difference between someone like Bernie Madoff vs Bill Gates. Both very bright individuals who achieved 'worldly success.' But one of these men destroyed lives as the other pursues to give and assist those in need. Morals, values and Academic excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2010

We left a highly coveted private school, in another city, because we not only wanted strong academics for our children, which Westminster Academy offers, but also a Christ centered education which would instill in them a love for God and a Christian world view.Westminster Academy offers both; strong academics and Christ centeredness. This is our fist year there and we are very pleased. Through their classical Christian approach to education, their amazing athletics and sports programs, their fine arts and church involvement and their God loving staff and and faculty, we are pleased to know that our children are receiving an exemplary education which also honors God. Just going through my daughter s required reading list brings joy to my heart. She is actually reading great classics. Westminster Academy is a blessing to us. Devoted to Christ and dedicated to excellence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2009

Westminster Academy is one of the best schools that I have been blessed to be a part of. My son attends the Pk2 class and we couldn't be happier. All the teachers and staff are highly educated and truly care about each and every child and how they are progressing on a daily basis. The school and teachers have very high standards for themselves and their students. The academics are outstanding and the extracurricular activities are beyond belief. Every type of child can excel at this school. We are blessed to have our child attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Excellent Teachers, caring supportive and very involved! The teachers teach the whole child.The school also has great parent volunteers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2009

My son was in the ACE program last year, and we are very grateful that the school provided it. He was well loved and instructed by his teacher and his IOWA test scores dramatically improved from the year before when he was in a different school. For the first time in his life he enjoyed school (well, since Kindergarten, anyway)!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

I have been attending WA for 9 years now, I am an upcoming senior. I just think that Westminster needs a lot more diversity in the school, we need to mix the cultures. Other than that WA is a great school, excellent in academic and all they do. Their priority is to make God first, and it is. WA has strengthened my faith. I would recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 29, 2008

What an amazing school Westminster is! They partner with the parent in nurturing and educating children. WA students earn an amazing amount of scholarship money. The students are also challenged academically. My family moved over 1000 miles, just so our children could attend WA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2006

This is a wonderful school rich in history and dedication to being on the forefront of academics through programs such as classical studies. The faculty and staff are genuinely engaged in helping the children develop not just academically but spiritually as well. The structured classroom environment is the best we've seen. There are some schools that have strong academics or strong religious education--Westminster Academy offers the best of both. It's truly a blessing to our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2006

I have two chidren (2nd grade and pk) in westminster. They've attended Westminster Academy for two years and I absolutely love this school. The academic preparation and extra-curicular activities offered has me wishing I was able to physically take the school with me when I relocated. Excellent school that I have recommended to anyone willing to listen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2003

We moved from Michigan and it was the best move ever for my kids' education and spiritual growth.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 86% 44%
Black 8% 29%
Hispanic 4% 24%
Asian 2% N/A
Two or more races 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Industrial shop
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language club: Spanish & Latin

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Swimming pool

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Dr. Leo Orsino
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
  • Part-time study
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Presbyterian
Associations
  • FCIS
Fax number
  • (954) 334-6124

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • Classical (e.g., focuses on the "classics")
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Internships
  • STEM
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Business
  • Engineering
  • Foreign languages
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Performing arts
  • Religious
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Remediation
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Industrial shop
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Water polo
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Fishing Club
  • Foreign language club: Spanish & Latin
  • Key Club
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$5000 - $14000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Outside scholarships

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
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5601 North Federal Highway
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308
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Phone: (954) 771-4615

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