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The Westminster Schools

Private | K-12 | 1855 students

Westminster is a Christian, independent day school for boys and girls.

 
 

Living in Atlanta

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $637,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,120.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 5 ratings
2013:
Based on 11 ratings
2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted August 17, 2014

Absolutely the best school in the Southeast! My daughter absolutely loves it! We are confident she is getting the best education possible. I am excited for her future!!!! I am wondering if some of the bad comments are from students or parents of students that just didn't do well in that environment! Money WELL spent!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted April 3, 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


Posted February 4, 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


Posted December 2, 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.


Posted 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!


Posted 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.


Posted October 8, 2013

My school is SRIZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !


Posted 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.


Posted April 28, 2013

Great college prep school --- my kids went onto MIT, Stanford and Johns Hopkins !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted April 8, 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


Posted April 7, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted November 9, 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


Posted March 4, 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.


Posted 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.


Posted 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 77% 44%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Black 9% 37%
Hispanic 3% 12%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation The University of Georgia
The University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(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 psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Math club
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

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
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Swimming pool
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
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
School Leader's name
  • William Clarkson
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Christian
Associations
  • NAIS

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Individually guided instruction
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(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 psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • 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
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Cross country
  • Diving
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • Robotics club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • PAWS
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
School leaders can update this information here.

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January 15, 2014

 
 
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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$20000 - $25000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Need-based only

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
The University of Georgia
The University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
College preparation / awareness offered
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
College presentations or information sessions
College prep programs/courses during the year
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1424 W Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
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Phone: (404) 355-8673

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