Westminster is a school that has a definite philosophy. The curriculum is traditional and challenging. Students are expected to be polite and kind. Classes are small and children become quite close to each other and to the staff. Our family loved it.
i am proud of Westminster school and will always feel i gave all 5 of my kids the opportunity to receive a first rate education and to equip them to be prepared for life.Standards are high, teachers are tough,and they have been given an opportunity to excel,and if they care an opportunity to succeed.
I do not know how to express my warm regards for this school. It took my imperfect children and educated them. Educated them to have a deep regard for all cultures and all creatures. Was it always perfect? No, but when is life always perfect. As long as approached the teachers or administrators and calmly expressed my concerns, everyone worked with me or my child until my child was happily making progress towards becoming the great people they have grown to become.
After carefully looking at elementary schools in the entire metropolitan area, our three children attended Westminster, and received an excellent***** education! The Head of Westminster has a clear mission to maintain high standards. The teachers are rigorous, kind and caring. When our three children entered in 2nd grade and K, there was an outpouring of welcome and warmth from the students, parents, faculty and administration. Wesminster is the very BEST!
I have had two daughters go through the entire process at Westminster School (K-8) and both have gained much from the experience. They participated in sports as well as the theatre programs and have thrived in their pursuits outside of school. We credit the school as well as our parenting type and their character with the successes they have achieved to date.
Two of my children graduated from Westminster and we have never regretted sending them to this school. Yes, the academics is challenging and there is homework every night but the students rise to the challenge. My children learned self respect and self discipline. To this day, they can still finish the column in "Jeopardy" on Greek and Roman Gods! Their knowledge of French and Latin carried through to high school and college. They were very prepared for high school. The arts, athletic and theater programs are second to none. It's an excellent investment with lifelong outcomes.
Alumnus, went to WS for 5 years. Thought I'd jot down some memories... Clean hallways; teachers smiling from doorways between classes; helping to edit the yearbook; wearing a toga and trying baklava for the first time on Greek Day; grass stains after capture-the-flag; frog dissection (yep, I did this!); feeling mature and proud in my "blazer and tie" for assemblies; introduction to Jane Austen (Pride & Prejudice!); standing ovation for opening night of my 8th grade play; feeling amazed to be learning two foreign languages and actually *getting* them; extra help with algebra after school; crazy Halloween parades; being moved to tears reading "Romeo and Juliet" out loud with my 7th grade... & note to parents: I placed well, well above my peers in high school French thanks to Westminster. Was conversing en francais with juniors and seniors, while other kids in my year were in French 101!
This school certainly has a wonderful parent community, and the environment may be supportive of some children, but our child suffered from depression and anxiety there, and I would recommend it to no one. -(We were NOT 'one of those teachers who were fired or families who were kicked out'. We left of our own accord...although we know very good people in both categories.) The Administration of this school is completely closed minded, and nepostism rules. I suggest you look very carefully, consider all your options, and make the decision that is best for your family. I doubt this will be it.
Westminster School is the right school for my family. I've been a community member of this small school for 8 years. Our family values what the school has to offer. It appeals to our core values that honesty, hard work & education will lead to a child's critical thought process & correct work ethic. What we have witnessed in our children has been exceptional. Do they make mistakes & get Detentions? Yes. That is part of the curriculum. It is part of a real life full of consequences. What we also have gained at this school, as parents, is an unexpected growth in ourselves. I've had the priviledge to grow as a person & I do not think that this would have happened elsewhere. I 've had so many whoppertunities to grow my family here. I agree that this school is not for every child & sometimes I get frustrated with daily life there. But, my children are happy & growing, so I put it in perspective. I 'm happy with 90% of the school. I believe that if you are happy with more than 75% of your school's curriculum, you have found the right school for you. I recommend this school & am proud to tell you that my name is Laura Clancy.
Having had a daughter finish from Westminster and a son currently in Westminster, an involvement that spans 15 years, the school is exactly as advertised. Obviously there are different ways to educate a child hence the negative comments on the site. Any family that believes that a structured environment and the pursuit of excellence applied with caring and love would be beneficial to their child will love Westminster. Understandably some families and teachers will disagree with this method but frankly that's no reason to disparage the school. All you can ask of any organization is that they are upfront with their philosophy and remain true to what has made them successful, which Westminster does. As far as students leaving goes you might want to check with those families after they've been gone for a year or two and see what they think about Westminster then.
westminster school is a caring, challenging, structured environment for my children. my children enjoy school and are motivated to do their best by their teachers every day.
Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to discover Westminster School through my work with an area non-profit. It was love at first sight! No, the school is not for everyone.The curriculum is rigorous and the expectations are high. The children are challenged. They are expected to behave as young ladies and gentlemen. They are given the foundation needed to succeed in life. I often tell my boys, "If it is easy, why bother?" There is so much one can learn from struggle and even (GASP) failure. I can say that the teachers and adminstration care deeply for the children and want them to succeed. They have the best interests of our children at heart . I wouldn't send my boys anywhere else. I wish I could take advantage of the preschool, but logistics prevent it. It's a 70 mile round-trip commute to school and it's worth every mile!
Westminster School is a very special place where each student is cherished and guided. The teachers are dedicated to developing the whole student by providing rigorous academic instruction, nurturing the spirit of the child through great attention to the arts, and shaping the character of the individual through consistent and fairly administered standards. My daughter is about to finish her first year here, and when I was searching for a kindergarten, it was important to me that my daughter attend school in a diverse setting with children of varying cultures. Westminster certainly provides that. Most importantly, I wanted more for my child than just a superior education, although Westminster definitely delivers that. I wanted a place where the teachers were going to recognize the precious individuality of my child, celebrating her strengths and achievements, lovingly helping her when she made mistakes, always challenging her to be her best self. Westminster is that place, and I am so grateful that I found this school where her mind, heart, and soul can be fulfilled.
Witnessing a group of enchanting Kindergartners gradually become earnest young students, and finally junior high adolescents involved in sports, drama, music, art and volunteering, brings joy and satisfaction, and belief in the Westminster program. As a teacher in this community, who has enjoyed several such cycles, and as the parent of Westminster graduates, I feel incredibly fortunate to have played a role in a school that continually grows and improves in its mission. In a culture which embraces mediocrity for the sake of comfort, Westminster does ruffle some feathers in its quest for excellence through effort, its insistence on good manners and respect, and its expectation of accountability and responsibility. However, very often the students who struggled the most, who required the most guidance and mentoring, are the dearest, the most loving, the most appreciative when they return, as alumni, to visit us. What an uplifting experience!
I have been fortunate enough to have been a teacher at Westminster School for nearly ten years. Westminster School not only dedicates itself to shaping the minds of children, it also nurtures families and staff. The daily atmosphere at Westminster School is loving, caring, and respectful. Teachers are responsible for working with administrators and parents centered around one objective, each and every child. No detail about the social, emotional, and/or academic progress of a child is overlooked. Westminster teachers, administrators, and parents are a team. Over the years, I have witnessed a team that stands by each other through ups and downs, to ensure that EVERY child becomes a contributing member of society. The program at Westminster has been refined and perfected for nearly 50 years! We are a true family.
Westminster provided me with an education that prepared me well for high school and college. The exemplary academic standards and work ethic helped me to face the competitive arena of today's work force with an advantage I would not have gained in a public school. I am thankful to have attended elementary school through the eighth grade at Westminster and have many fond and vivid memories of the exceptional teachers there. If I still lived in the area my children would most assuredly be attending. Westminster is a great school.
The best way to learn more about our school is to come visit. All students have a visitation day as well as an open classroom tour and an extensive interview process. We have a lower turnover rate and a higher education level (per staff member) than the Nationally ranked FCPS. Instead of reading reviews from people who got fired or families that were kicked out, those considering schools should visit the VAIS and NAIS websites. Also experience the school to discern for yourself. Results and ratings from the most recent accreditation are available as well. Visit once and you will be impressed.
As a parent at Westminster, I would have to agree with some of the things said in all the other reviews - the school is difficult, indeed, however, our children are learning how to deal with the real world because of it. Let's face it, life in the real world is not easy and the children who are more prepared will deal with it much better. There are going to be children who are not capable of the heavy workload - again, I agree the load is more than any public school in the area. When I compare kids at Westminster to the education that I had in public school, there is no comparison - the Westminster kids are way ahead of where I was. If I could change anything, it would be to focus more on Mathematics and Computer training.
I have been associated with the school for about 40 years, first as a parent then as a friend of the school and now as a grandparent. I have never been disappointed with anything Westminster. Its constant striving for the best in all things is superlative. I would recommend this school to anyone looking for quality.
I have taught at this school for many years. Sometimes it's not the right fit for a teacher because s/he can't commit to our higher standards. We have a rigorous academic curriculum and have high expectations of our staff. Some teachers are just better suited to an environment where discipline, self-respect, and academic achievement are less valued. This is a school where children are loved, nurtured, and encouraged to reach their highest potential. I am thrilled to be a part of this school community, and I love watching my students grow and blossom over nine years. Don't let a few negative reviews put you off - if you want the best school for your child, come visit us today and see our school first-hand.
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