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1424 W Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

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November 23, 2014
The absolute best choice we made for our daughter. The school is exceeding all of our expectations and living up to its reputation as the top school in the South. Our daughter is in pre-1st has been attending for 4 months now and we are absolutely amazed with how much she had learned. She is singing whole songs in French. She is excelling in Math, Science, Art, Music, and Design Thinking! We love that Westminster is an Apple Distinguished School. Our daughter is loving school so much that she doesn't want to leave. She loves all her teachers and her friends. We also love being part of a school with strong principles where students abide by their code of honor, integrity, and respect! There is absolutely no bullying going on or anything like you hear going on in public schools. When our daughter was born we knew her education was very important to us and we dreamed of sending her to Westminster and knew we needed to do everything we could to make sure she was ready!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
I completely disagree with the comment before. I do not know about how the school used to be like, but I have a child there right now and she seems to be doing fine. Now I will admit that Westminster is less religious than my child's old school, but the education is absolutely OUTSTANDING. My child has learned so much since she started going there. I do also have to say that her social skills were a little better at her old school, but there are hundreds of others there who are as happy as can be. If you are looking for a school though, do not base your choices off these comments, go ahead and see the school for yourself. I hope that this helped.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2014
Westminster offers a good education, but it is NOT a true Christian school. There are chapels a couple times a year, but that is it. The chapels even are times where pop music is played and religion is barely even practiced. As I said before, it offers good education, but it does not practice religion well. Also, the people there are nasty and the teachers are very short-tempered. When I was a child, I came and after a year and a half I cried day and night because I wanted to go back to my old school so badly. That is my opinion, but some people have better experiences there.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2014
This is a great school in Atlanta. Execellent college placement results! One of the best private school in the South

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
I have a new student at the Westminster Upper School. It has been an amazing experience at every level, from academics, to various levels of support for students, clubs, athletics, etc. The school is very rigorous academically for sure and your student is surrounded by the brightest children. Only attempt to enroll your child in this school if they have a real love of learning, can work independently and have a very committed work ethic. It has far surpassed my son's dreams; it couldn't have been a better fit for him.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2013
As a former student, I attended from Pre-First to 8th. The administration/staff are very rude, and cold hearted people. The parents are snobby, and the kids are lust plain mean. I was blamed fro things I didn't even do. The school is not diverse at ALL. Don't think of sending your kids here. It's not worth your time or money.

- submitted by a community member
November 20, 2013
Westminster is just an amazing experience! I have been here since Kindergarden and I have loved it! The teachers are great and answer almost all if not all questions asked. Our libraries are phenomenal with all the books I would like to read. Our athletics are one of the best in the Southeast along with academics! This is an amazing opportunities that I advice you to take. If you live anywhere near here I strongly advice to go to an admissions open house!

- submitted by a community member
October 12, 2013
What seems to be a theme with these reviews is that the positive reviews come from those in the school and the negative ones come from people whom have not experienced Westminster. I am currently a junior at Westminster and I wholeheartedly believe that Westminster is the best school in the states. As in all things, there are flaws. Our lunches could be better, we could have a functioning library, we could have uniforms. But those cons do not outweigh the pros. Our academics are rigorous and sometimes overwhelming, but we are being prepared for college. There is no better feeling when you begin preparing for college than the knowledge that you go to Westminster and that you have a bit of an advantage. Besides the academics, the athletics are incredible. MaxPreps deemed our athletic program to be the best highschool athletics in the nation. An AA school with around 1000 students receiving 11 state championships and 2 second place finishes is an unmatched feat. We also have great extra curriculars. Debate, the drama program, robotics and more have all accomplished incredible things. To sum all this up, no, Westminster is not perfect. But if you simply want the best, consider us.

- submitted by a community member
October 08, 2013
My school is SRIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2013
My only familiarity was in the admission process since we live in the area. Ultimately we opted not to apply our children though the facilities were top notch. Most private schools have uniform dress, but for some reason, Westminster does not. At those ages, that was a negative point with me since competition in clothing is a senseless endeavor. We know a number of parents who have had good experiences except for some who thought their college admission counselors were loathe to recommend any state schools versus more expensive and so-called elite private schools.

- submitted by a community member
April 28, 2013
Great college prep school --- my kids went onto MIT, Stanford and Johns Hopkins !

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2013
Not impressed with the admissions staff at all! We applied to other private schools in Atlanta and their directors were amazing! I cant imagine what the school is like if their directors are this RUDE! No way would I send my daughter to this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2013
My son attended The Westminster School for his 7th grade year and has had nothing less than positive experieces. he's a black male and is thriving in this atmosphere. He's a great student but not very athletic, but played football for the first time in his life for Westminster and has now become more involved into sports, he enjoys all the social events and activities and has made lots of friends. He is very excited about returning next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2013
My children attend a different private school in Atlanta, but compete against Westminster in sports. Out of all the schools they compete against, Westminster is the one school I'd prefer not to associate with. Westminster typically wins in whatever event they're competing in, but the students and parents are oblivious to common social protocol. It seems their lives are completely wrapped up in winning, period. When they are down I have seen athletes yell, question calls, and complain to their coach. From the sidelines, the parents bad-mouth the opposing players. In short, it's simply an unpleasant environment.

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2013
As a former student - these are my opinions on the school. They may be negative and read as a rant, but after going back there and learning what has changed, I feel obligated to add my perspective to the discourse - my review and reasons can be found here - pastebin.com/pG9RjrfG

- submitted by a community member
February 19, 2013
As a former student - these are my opinions on the school. They may be negative and read as a rant, but after going back there and learning what has changed, I feel obligated to add my perspective to the discourse - my review and reasons can be found here - pastebin.com/pG9RjrfG

- submitted by a community member
November 09, 2012
Westminster has been a phenomenal Middle & High School experience for my child. There s something here to interest and challenge every motivated, creative, bright child academics, art, music, drama, sports of all kinds, robotics, math, languages, debate, social service & action, personal discovery, and more. The opportunities for both wide-ranging and in-depth experiences that foster growth for the whole child are amazing. The children who attend this school don t graduate having been shaped by a homogenizing cookie cutter. They are well equipped for college and beyond. That being said, the school will not be a good fit for every child; the admissions office typically does a good job of placing students who have the potential to do well in the rigorous environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2012
Westminster is the school to send your child to if they are extremely high achieving in all areas (including academics, sports, and social life), and can take criticism from college-style teachers. It takes a lot of self-confidence and dedication to thrive at this school.

- submitted by a community member
January 11, 2012
I went to Westminster from 6th grade to tenth grade, I then switched over to Lovett, it was the best choice I've made. I didn't really enjoy the atmosphere at Westminster, and I'm glad I made the switch to Lovett. The parents at Westminster were snobby and the kids a lot of the kids were jerks, but there were nice kids too.

- submitted by a community member
December 14, 2011
As a former student as well as former parent I speak with years of knowledge regardingthiss terrible horrible school. The reason it looks good is because it is constantly installing new people in place of those they deem imperfect. Whether you are a beloved veteran teacher who gets fired for something trivial or a student who angers a child with the wrong last name, throwing people out is the automatic response of administration. Furthermore, staff are treated like slaves. The place is run as a cut-throat business and is not a place for children. I am speaking from years of observation and sadness at seeing others brutally crushed by this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2011
39 National Merit Semi-Finalists. Most in state, despite a graduating class of only 188. Need I say more ?

- submitted by a community member
April 06, 2011
I'm a student at Westminster, and have been since 9th grade. The school is simply incredible: students are very friendly, the faculty are knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects, and the campus and facilities are just otherworldly. However, if you are switching, be prepared for a rough adjustment period, especially academically. The courses are all taught college-style, with minimal, if any, grade inflation, and the workload, especially at the beginning and end of each semester, can be overwhelming. In addition, tests are based, more so in advanced courses, on insight and deep understanding of topics rather than simple regurgitation of facts and formulae. You will almost certainly have to change your study habits, and don't be surprised if you go from straight A's to mainly B's and C's, especially if you are enrolling in honors and AP courses, as the caliber of the average Westminster student is head and shoulders above the average student at any other school. But if you are looking for a place to challenge yourself in all aspects of schooling, Westminster is the school for you.

- submitted by a community member
December 31, 2010
I am a senior at Westminster, and I've been at the school for the last six and a half years. I've had a blast here--my friends are great, my teachers all know their stuff and keep the classes interesting and engaging. I can't say enough good things about this school. Indulge a brief anecdote: I came from the DeKalb Public Schools, and my first impression of Westminster was it's wonderful bathrooms. You see, public elementary school bathrooms are about as clean as their occupants are tall, and, well, let's just say that I was pleasantly surprised to enter a school lavatory that was so clean I felt like, in comparison, I could eat off the counter (if not the floor....). Okay, what does this have to do with a helpful review? What began with an infatuation over the cleanliness of the bathrooms rapidly expanded to include a pleasant astonishment over the academic rigor and cultural vitality of the institution of which I am proud to be a part. Although I most certainly intend to graduate this spring, I will be truly sorry to leave such a fine school.

- submitted by a community member
December 31, 2010
This is my fourth year as a Westminster student; I transferred here in 6th grade. I can't even think of a negative experience I've had at this school. I'm sure other people have already said this, but this school could be very difficult for anyone who has a lot of trouble staying organized and motivating themselves to stay focused. Personally, I have loved this school because of its wonderful teachers and my fellow students. It's the perfect school for students who enjoy learning and are good at organization and are self-motivated. I've never yet had a bad teacher!

- submitted by a community member
December 13, 2010
Each of my children switched to Westminster starting in 6th grade after completing elementary school in the Dekalb County Public Schools. Switching to Westminster was one of the best decisions we ever made -- the teachers and students are fabulous -- smart and engaging in a nurturing way that encourages each student to reach their full potential. This is a fantastic school for self-motivated students.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2010
Given its historical success, unmatched resources, broad and influencial alumni base and college-like campus, Westminster is considered by most to be the premier academic private school in Atlanta and one of the best in the country. Westminster does focus on helping students to excel, finding a passion, and preparing for college and life. Its matriculation record each year easily leads the Metro Atlanta schools both public and private and it programs help mold the committed student into an adult ready for the next phase of life. While the school does have its pockets of wealth and a university-like endowment, its commitment to diversity and community service really does help provide a well rounded experience. It attracts the best students, so it can feel competitive, but motivated students will thrive in the environment and others will learn to develp skills to help them succeed, both reinforced by exposure to intelligent classmates.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
Westminster is a good school for many and a great school for some. Which means if you have an outstanding student/athlete, then you should send them here to be surrounded by kids who are also at the top of their game. If you have a student who is smart or athletic but not superior in these areas, then you might end up feeling disappointed. Which is to say that they are great on the great students, not so good on the good students. The problem this creates for families is the issue. Not every kid in the family is capable of meeting the extremely high standards academically or athletically, and life gets difficult when some kids thrive and others 'fail' at the same school.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
My child enrolled at Westminster at the beginning of junior high school after attending Atlanta public schools K-5. The transition was smooth, our child never missed a beat academically and has thrived in an atmosphere that encourages and supports pursuit of achievement and excellence in all aspects of life, not just the classroom. Westminster welcomes and respects diversity, and holds awards and honors assemblies for parents to recognize academic achievement on a level equal to the fine support of the successful athletic program. Excellence in teaching is an emphasis, and the administration is strong. Our child had a choice of three of the city's top private schools when he applied and this was the best fit and our family's experience has exceeded our expectations for Westminster. Great preparation for top universities.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2010
Westminster is all around a disappointment after previously attending a different private school in the Atlanta area. Most of the teachers are unsatisfactory, and the administration does a terrible job handling problems.

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April 01, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
After too many years at the Atlanta International School, we are extremely impressed with the high school at Westminster. Much smaller classes, more supportive teachers, excellent in sports, and they don't nickel and dime you to death each week. College counseling is much better as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2010
The Westminster Schools is a great opportunity to have interactive learning with the top teachers around. I have gone there since pre-1st and I have loved the school and all the teachers and students there.

- submitted by a student
January 07, 2010
This is an excellent school. The teachers are fun. They teach you very good habits too.

- submitted by a student
December 09, 2009
I wouldn't even think about sending my kids there. I have been at Westminster for 11 years and I am leaving due to the cloud of sadness that hangs over the campus. If you want your kids to be depressed and to not have a healthy high school experience than send them to Westminster.

- submitted by a student
September 19, 2009
For the talented, high achieving student, this is the place to be. As a parent, I like that they encourage students to be humble and participate in community volunteer activities.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 11, 2009
The Westminster is top school in Georgia for high performing academic students. I agree that it is probably not the best choice for a student of average ability, but it does have a structured program of extra-help that encourages the students in the areas where they are weaker. The teachers have been helpful in reducing the academic pressure and especially supporting a culture where the students care about each other. It also has excellent programs in every extracurricular area. My children have been well prepared for college (Harvard, Georgetown), enjoyed the drama, music and service programs and made good friends. I highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2008
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November 15, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 11, 2008
Westminster is simply the best. It has the best culture, the most resources, and the smartest kids. Virtually all the kids that are accepted elect to attend. The best school in Atlanta, by far.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 08, 2008
Westminster is simply the best. With the highest SAT scores, an award winning theatre program, nationally recognized newspaper, literary magazines, and yearbook publications, the best all around sports program in the state, fantastic extra-curricular opportunities, and invested teachers and students, Westminster is an unparalleled force in a child's life.I wouldn't rather be anywhere else in the world. Go Cats!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 05, 2008
I go to Westminster and i absulutely loveit. I have to admit if you are an average student Westminster is not for you. People might call it the pressure cooker but if you are a dedicated all A student and you get in at Westminter you will do great. This is totally true I heard it is the second best school in the country and tenth in the world!! Go Wild Cats!

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August 24, 2008
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June 26, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 15, 2008
Excellent all around, academics, teachers, sports, music and all in a christian environment...My child has attended since first grade...she is now a rising 4th grader and states that 'everyday is her best day ever' this is what I most want to hear as a dedicated parent.......

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2008
This is a great school with a strong focus on academics and being a good citizen in the world. The junior high program structure is absolutely amazing, the kids get a lot of oversight and guidance.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2008
I am a graduate of Westminster who went on to the architecture program at Georgia Tech, one of the very top programs at one of the very top schools in the nation. Westminster prepared me beautifully for college. While fellow students at Tech struggled to keep up with the workload & general level of performance demanded by a school such as Tech, I never felt over-whelmed, under-prepared, or lacking in any aspect of my foundation of knowledge needed to be successful & graduated Cum Laude. Truly nothing I encountered at Tech was as difficult or demanding as what I encountered at Westminster, and the skills I learned at Westminster continue to serve me today in the workforce. In particular, my colleagues are continually impressed with my writing & communication skills since my degree is from an engineering school. I cannot stress enough how fabulous the education and preparation Westminster provides is.

- submitted by a student
February 27, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
February 23, 2008
I am a student at Westminster and I find the classes very good. The teachers are well-trained and most of my classes don't keep you asleep. Westminster has a great library, a wonderful science and world cultures program, a wonderful art and drama program, and great performing arts opportunities. However, I do not find Westminster's diversity great, I do not like the P.E. program (because you are graded on how good you are in sports), and I wish that the people there slightly less snobby. The main focus is name brands, and although my family has a good amount of money, my parents do not believe in spoiling me. There is a lot of gossip and verbal bullying among the girls, so be careful! I'm sure this will pass by high school.

- submitted by a student
September 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2007
My daughter went to Westminster, from 9th -12th grade. She received a superior education. While at Westminster, she spent a (school) year in Spain through the School Year Abroad Program. She went on to Duke University. She did well there. She has just finished her second year of law school.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2007
Westminster is an amazing school! I go there and it is a wonderful experience. Everybody is nice and smart. All the teachers are helpful and you always have a quiet place to do your homework, study, or ask questions... extra help! There are soo many great oppurtunities and I always feel welcome here! Go wildcats!

- submitted by a student
December 28, 2006
I go to Westminster, it is one of the best experiences in my life. All of the teachers are very nice and help you with anything you don't understand. The campus is amazing. All of the students are very diverse and are so incredibly nice. In my first year at Westminster I made more friends than I've ever had in my whole life! the teachers provide any way possible for you to understand the problem. I look forward to going to school everyday, which definitley says something. I love Westminster!

- submitted by a student
April 16, 2006
I have a step-child who attended Westminster and a child who is attending a quite different type of private school. I feel I can offer some objectivity by virtue of comparisons for any families considering the school. Westminster is truly a wonderful school, but only for a child who enjoys a more linear way of thinking. The school offers a traditional top down style of teaching and offers near college level resources. Even with the resources, however, families should be aware that outside supplementation in nearly every area will be the norm and will be necessary if you want your child to be a more rounded thinker. The nice thing about off campus classes and tutoring, though, is that it allows a child the opportunity to try new things without fear of failing. They can bring that experience back to Westminster to help round out their academic experience.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
Every aspect of the school is very well thought out and managed. The education process is well designed and every resource is made available to execute.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2004
The Westminster Schools is by far the best private school in Georgia. Actually, it is probably the top private school in the entire southeast. With the help of the highly decorated teachers, students gain a wealth of knowledge that will lead the on the right path in the future. In the elementary school, students learn the fundamental ideas to further progress with education and life. The time spent in the Junior High School is the main building block in the school. It is used to give students a taste of the high school. The highly decorated high school, with its numerous awards, sets the children on a path that will lead through college and into life as a businessman/businesswoman. With the help of the magnificent headmaster, principals, and college counselors, your children if they wish to go to this school will have an opportunity for a prestigious future.

- submitted by a student
July 26, 2004
Westminster is an incredible social and academic experience. The middle school is one that is extremely nurturing and prepares the students for high school.

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September 09, 2003
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The Westminster Schools
1424 W Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA  30327
(404) 355-8673
Last modified The Westminster Schools is a Private school that serves grades K-12
The Westminster Schools Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top