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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is an excellent school. The teachers are fun. They teach you very good habits too.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.......
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.
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.
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