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Westminster Christian School

Private | PK-12 | 1060 students

WCS is best known for being a nurturing community where students excel.
 
 

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $129,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $920.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 10 ratings
2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted June 27, 2014

Westminster Christian School is a great place to be. I'm the parent of an alumni and a current high school student, and I couldn't be happier with my decision to place my children at the school. My older child is currently in law school, and was provided an excellent academic foundation. Both my children have been very happy with the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

My experience at Westminster Christian School has been just the opposite of the bullying review just posted. My children have been loved and nurtured in every grade and have been encouraged to consistently lift the bar higher. Their academic, athletic and artistic talents have reached levels that neither my husband and I could have ever hoped or dreamt of. It is an incredible school which has become a part of our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

Great things are happening at Westminster Christian School. Our students are being accepted into top level universities and colleges, we have 21 student athletes who have signed to play their sport at the collegiate level. Our girls volleyball and softball teams won the Class 3A state championship titles. My children have been attending WCS since 2007 and are thriving in both academics and athletics. Their teachers take a genuine interest in their education as well as their spiritual well being. Their coaches push them to their physical capacities and as a result both my children qualified and competed at the state level in their sport. They love their Westminster family and can't imagine being anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

My two boys had a wonderful experience at Westminster. The academic schedules for each allowed them to grow in knowledge and both have been accepted to their colleges of choice. I am also forever thankful for the friendships my children developed while at Westminster. It is wonderful that both sons have a tight community of friends that is lasting into their college years, even with friends that attend other schools across the United States. It really is like a family support, even when they are away from home. The teachers and staff at Westminster were always welcoming to me and were available to offer help and advice for my sons' classes while they were at Westminster. I could not have asked for better support as a parent. My only regret is that my sons did not attend Westminster from the beginning, when we moved to Miami. I am grateful that we discovered Westminster and the community of Christians that have become like family to me and my family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

Bullying review just posted makes no sense! My children are thrilled to be Westminster Warriors! My daughter has been a student at Westminster since K3 and is now going into Middle School. My son started in K4 and is now going to be a 2nd grader. Both have had amazing teachers and have truly had wonderful experiences. Every afternoon after school, our drive home consists of great stories from their school day. My husband and I agree that providing Christian education for our children at Westminster is the best investment we have ever made. Our children are growing academically and spiritually. They love to read! They really get math! They enjoy learning about science! And have taught us a lesson or two about Christian character! We thank God every day for Westminster Christian School, the teachers, and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2014

As a current student at Westminster, I can most definitely testify to the reviews made regarding the excellent staff and administration. Westminster is my second home, and I can't imagine a place without it. The teachers here, at every grade level, are truly incredible and have a genuine interest to see you learn & grow. Westminster has not only provided me with an excellent education, but it has given me long-lasting friendships and relationships, with both students and teachers, that I know, I will cherish for a lifetime. I am so thankful I attend WCS, and I'm glad my parents have chosen to invest their time & money in such an incredible community; or as I like to call it, a family.


Posted June 19, 2014

Westminster is a very special place for the students and the parents. My child is a graduate and currently attending a top university. My other child is still at Westminster, and continues to enjoy this wonderful school. No school is perfect, but Westminster is pretty close!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2014

The school has a problem with bullying not only student to student but the teachers bully the students. There are a few good teachers but their hands are tied therefore conditions never improve. My child was repeatedly bullied by a teacher yet my concern was not addressed. Additionally they favor alumni in an unfair way. The children suffer low self esteem when treated so unfairly. The board and administration do not take corrective action, it is a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2014

I have to respond to the negative review posted on January 11 because I have had exactly the opposite experience. The school has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to bullying. But as we all know, policies don't mean a thing if the culture is not supported by the students themselves. My daughter was cyberbullied by someone outside of Westminster, and the entire community rallied around her. Friends close to her, as well as upperclassmen and younger students she was only acquainted with, overwhelmed her with messages of love and support, and they let the "bully" know that this behavior was not acceptable. The school is a family - this is true among the students as well as the parents. I wouldn't want my children any place else, especially when they are met with a crisis in their lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2014

Westminster does have some wonderful staff but they also have a huge bullying problem. My daughter had many problems throughout her years there. When it was taken to administration she was basically told that it was her fault. She had few friends and was miserable to the point that she told me she wanted to die. This year she is at public school and she is flourishing. She has no problems making friends...she is friends with everyone ...her teachers tell me she is one of the most popular students in her grade...and her closest friends are of Christian faith. I am so glad we moved our daughter out of this school because it was not good for her self esteem or her faith. My only caution to future parents would be to be careful. Westminster does have great teachers and extra curricular activities but it can be a very hard place to be accepted as a new or existing student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2013

Teachers at Westminster take a personal interest in students education and personal learning styles. They effectively communicate children's progress and areas needing improvement and map out a course of action for skill development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Westminster Christian School is an extraordinary school, where rigorous academics, an incredible fine arts program and strong athletics are presented to its students while still maintaining its Christian values and Biblically sound perspective. My children love going to school. Their enthusiasm for learning is contagious; with the credit going to their WCS teachers who are phenomenal. The new elementary school, which opened this school year (Fall 2013), is a must see. I strongly encourage anyone interested in quality Christian education to come and visit. You will fall in love with this wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

I don't think you can find better value for your money! I have lived in many countries and my three children have been in different private schools both abroad and in the US. This is by far the most comprehensive institution of learning that my kids have ever attended. Teachers and administrators genuinely care for the students and listen to parents. Guidance dept. is phenomenal! Visit the school and talk to other parents. I highly recommend it! Your children will thank you for sending them to a place they will love and remember for the rest of their lives!!! Mine already do!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

My children have been at Westminster for 10 years and I could not think of a better place for them to have grown up in. The teachers and administrators display their Christian character in everything they do. Wether your looking for strong spiritual foundations, excellent academic curriculum, competitive sports programs or outstanding fine arts, you will find it at Westminster Christian School. This school is truly a Blessing to our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2013

I am an alumni and parent and very proud of WCS. Please reserve judgment until you visit the school and meet the teachers and administration. I am proud of our school for maintaining its values and mission and its Christ centered focus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2013

I have two children at Westminster (WCS) - one is academically gifted while the other is artistic and creative. WCS does an incredible job meeting both of their needs. The teachers are wonderful - brilliant, kind, challenging and inspiring. I love the caliber of students well rounded, polite, and down-to-earth. Academically, WCS is on par, if not better, than its counterparts in the county. Since the school keeps a low key profile and doesn t brag, let me brag a little of its incredible science program. The school s new science building is state of the art with gifted teachers who have challenged the students to excel in ways they never thought they could, resulting in recent accolades and awards such as: * Five WCS students advanced to the State Science Fair. WCS was the most represented school in Dade County, making up a quarter of all students advancing to States; *2 of 4 South Florida students picked to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair were WCS students; *A WCS student was 1 of 4 students from Florida participating in the International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project Olympiad (and won).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2012

I am an alumni from Westminster and I couldn't recommend it more heavily. I don't know where anyone is getting the idea that the teachers are not held to the same standards (I have a friend who works there) and they are strict on how the teachers act. The school is amazing. You couldn't ask for a better education. The faculty is excellent. They push their students for the highest standards and really push to prepare them for college and beyond. There are all sorts of activities for students. No school is perfect, and if there is a downside it is definitely the cost.


Posted September 23, 2012

Not a good value for the cost. Some of the teachers are not practicing the Christian values taught in the Bible of truth and fairness. The students are required to hold to standards the faculty are not required to match. When this is reported the administration does not address it. I would shop around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2012

The school has a few excellent teachers but some very poor teachers. The school favors children of alumni and teachers and therefore is not a fair environment. Athletics has struggled the last 3 years due to the turn over in the department. The school needs better stronger leadership and until there is improvement the tuition exceeds the value.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

This is my son's first year at Westminster, and we couldn't be happier. The education he receives is exceptional; his teachers are engaging and creative - yet also challenging. The school has amazing science, math and fine arts departments. Parents are friendly and welcoming - and the children are good kids. There is a lot of parent participation, particularly in the elementary school. Not a morning goes by where you don't see the principal or headmaster roaming the grounds greeting students and parents. I could go on and on... Needless to say, if you are considering WCS for your child, I encourage you to schedule a visit.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 64% 29%
White 32% 42%
Black 3% 23%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Japanese
French
Chinese (Mandarin)
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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
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • SADD

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
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:30 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 5:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Peter Cabrera
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • CSI
Fax number
  • (205) 253-9623

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
  • Special education coordinator
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Community service
  • Drama club
  • Drum line
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • National Honor Society
  • SADD
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
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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 cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Twitter: @Warrior_Way Instagram: www.instagram.com/wcsmiami
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$10000 - $17000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
SAT/ACT prep classes
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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6855 SW 152nd St
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
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Phone: (305) 233-2030

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