Testimonials

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  • Westminster School has been a beloved second home to me—a happy place to learn and grow where there’s always something exciting to look forward to. In the cozy and comfortable setting of these halls, I have learned and tried interesting things such as drama, ballroom dancing, and sports that I may not have otherwise tried. The school has given me confidence and helped me build character, personality and strong work ethic that will always be a part of me.

    “Westminster School has been a beloved second home to me—a happy place to learn and grow where there’s always something exciting to look forward to.  In the cozy and comfortable setting of these halls, I have learned and tried interesting things such as drama, ballroom dancing, and sports that I may not have otherwise tried.  The school has given me confidence and helped me build character, personality and strong work ethic that will always be a part of me.”

    Westminster Graduate
  • The Westminster experience has affected who I am today for it has helped me to become the best version of myself. It has also given me the love of theater and lots of confidence for public speaking.

    “The Westminster experience has affected who I am today for it has helped me to become the best version of myself.  It has also given me the love of theater and lots of confidence for public speaking.  Through the years, I have had many memories with many cherished friends and these memories will stay with me in the future.”

    Westminster Graduate
  • From my nine years here at Westminster, I have been taught to be an independent learner. My teachers, from a young age, encouraged me to trust myself and to make mistakes. Westminster has not only provided me with independent skills and confidence, but also great memories

    “From my nine years here at Westminster, I have been taught to be an independent learner.  My teachers, from a young age, encouraged me to trust myself and to make mistakes.  Westminster has not only provided me with independent skills and confidence, but also great memories.”

    Westminster Graduate
  • President John Adams said that there are two types of education: one teaches you how to earn a living and the other teaches you how to live. At Westminster School, we were lucky to experience both.

    “President John Adams said that there are two types of education: one teaches you how to earn a living and the other teaches you how to live.  At Westminster School, we were lucky to experience both. Over the years, Westminster taught us skills that will help us succeed as we continue our educations.  But more importantly, Westminster also taught us the value of hard work and self-discipline, of kindness and courtesy, of music and art, and theater and sports, and yes, even dancing.”

    Westminster Graduate
  • A loving environment which feels like a second home to our family.

    A loving environment which feels like a second home to our family. My children enjoy going to school each day and look forward to the many special events and field trips that compliment their studies. They are receiving the best education and are being taught my caring, loving, and talented teachers. We have never once regretted the decision to send our children to Westminster School; a true treasure in Annandale.

    Westminster Parent
  • Westminster creates a wonderful environment for our child to learn and grow.

    Westminster creates a wonderful environment for our child to learn and grow. The small class sizes provide teachers the opportunity to quickly head off any academic challenges a child might be having. The school's culture is one of respect and order... Our daughter loves it there and has really matured into a lovely young lady. 

    Westminster Parent
  • Westminster School Prepares Your Children For Life

    Five years ago, Mr. Glover said the following simple, but powerful sentence, to us and similar prospective parents at that year’s open house: “Westminster school prepares your children for life”. Time and time again, we have seen his powerful words being operationalized in our child's Westminster School life. It is very hard to list the numerous ways we have silently observed the operationalization of his powerful words, but we have listed some of them: the CBRB books and the life lessons that the kids dig out from them; the sound writing skills that build a firm foundation and prepare them, not just for high school, but most importantly for college and life work beyond that ; the curriculum, which makes them think concepts of applicability of math and science, but goes beyond that and enriches their life and quickens their insight and foresight about life and governance through history; the art curricula, which opens up their internal as well as external eyes to the amazing art world and provides them with a compass of how to navigate through it; the values of being courteous, respect for others irrespective of their socio-economic background , and hard work that weaves through and touches their daily life; the focus on encouraging and guiding students to think for themselves in each class, to dig and find kernels of knowledge in each facet of each subject which paves the way to produce leaders, and not just followers; the yearly plays that they do which grooms them for something much higher , the attainment with ease and grace the art of public speaking; above everything else, the great teachers, especially the 3rd and 4th grade teachers, who care deeply for the progress of  our child   as a full human being and not only in their subject area. It has been priceless for us to discover in the past five years, in our child's life, how Mr. Glover’s words of five years ago, were not an empty promise, but rather he knew and meant what he was saying.   

    Westminster Parent
  • My daughter loves Camp Griffin -- and I do too! I love that Camp Griffin not only provides her with a variety of fun activities to choose from but also creates engaging and meaningful learning experiences throughout each program activity.

    "My daughter loves Camp Griffin -- and I do too!  I love that Camp Griffin not only provides her with a variety of fun activities to choose from but also creates engaging and meaningful learning experiences throughout each program activity.  Win-win in keeping the body and mind busy during the summer season!"

    Diana Gardner
  • I love Camp Griffin because my children develop their sports abilities: they run, swim, jump, hike, and climb. They develop their artistic abilities: they sing, dance, act, paint, draw, and loom.

    I love Camp Griffin because my children develop their sports abilities: they run, swim, jump, hike, and climb.  They develop their artistic abilities: they sing, dance, act, paint, draw, and loom.  They unplug from technology and reconnect with nature and friends.  At Camp Griffin my children try new things in a non-competitive environment and are given diverse opportunities to succeed.

    Ms. Cheri Reiser
  • My children (twin girls) love camp at Westminster! They get to play with their friends without the rigors of class schedules, and we all love the camp staff.

    My children (twin girls) love camp at Westminster! They get to play with their friends without the rigors of class schedules, and we all love the camp staff. My children return to the 3-week theater camp year after year - it is a unique opportunity to work on all aspects of a performance from set to costumes, stage presence and song and dance choreography.

    Mrs. Lees
  • Westminster is as good a school as I could ever have hoped and dreamed to find for my children.

    Westminster is as good a school as I could ever have hoped and dreamed to find for my children. Its academics are advanced and its teachers are enthusiastic, caring, and well-versed in their subject matter. The policies may be stricter than at other schools I have encountered, but they are extremely fair and my children are thriving in such a developmentally and academically stimulating environment. The challenging classroom structure is balanced by the many body and soul activities. At Westminster, the children have athletics every day and it places a great value on the performing and visual arts as well. I am confident each day I drop my children off for school that Westminster is helping them grow not only intellectually, but ultimately preparing them take their place as citizens of the world. If you are the type of parent who appreciates firm, but compassionate guidance and who wants your child to learn that the point of doing anything is not necessarily the outcome, but rather the work that has gone into it the process of striving to attain a goal, the journey itself as it were - then Westminster is the place for your family.

    Westminster Parent
  • If you are looking for rigorous academics, and an environment where personal responsibility, kindness, respect, and being able to THINK are valued, I STRONGLY encourage you to take a look at the school. It is great value for the tuition.

    I am the parent of two very different young men. Westminster School meets the different needs of the boys beautifully. The school sets high expectations of the students in all areas. It is always exciting to see my boys rise to meet these expectations. My older son needs constant challenge and the school provides it. He is confident and thinks he is ready to conquer the world. He is learning important foundations of the value of strong writing, organization, and responsibility. My younger son has confidence issues and is shy - never wanting to be in the limelight or singled-out for anything. The school has worked wonders to bring him out of his shell. In addition, he is learning valuable skills in getting organized. He has struggled with this and his teachers have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help him hone this important skill. The school is not for everyone, but if you are looking for rigorous academics, and an environment where personal responsibility, kindness, respect, and being able to THINK are valued, I STRONGLY encourage you to take a look at the school. It is great value for the tuition. —Submitted by a parent

  • Westminster turns out well-rounded, thoughtful citizens and is truly a gem. My kids love going to school every day!

    Just finished up Greek Day in the fourth grade today. What a great and fun way to help the kids remember details of Greek history, not just memorize! One of the great supplements to the "book" education at Westminster is the creative experiences the teachers put together for their students that inspire and excite the imagination. Today they participated in chariot racing, discus and javelin throwing, ate Greek food, dressed as a character from Greek history, and painted Greek pottery. This follows Egyptian Day last year and Native American Day in second grade. History days join interactive field trips, physical challenges like Inner Quest, and a class play each year to become comfortable speaking in public. Westminster turns out well-rounded, thoughtful citizens and is truly a gem. My kids love going to school every day!

    Westminster Parent
  • Westminster School holds high standards of conduct and academic excellence.

    Westminster School holds high standards of conduct and academic excellence. It believes in allowing each child to rise to the challenge of meeting and exceeding expectations. It has a team of strong leadership to include the headmaster and wonderful, wonderful dedicated teachers and administration. We have a 1st grader and a pre-k (4) student attending the Griffin Academy of Westminster, and our experience has been beyond what we hoped for with both of them. They are each challenged academically and they each have art, music, French, and theatre performances that involve every child. What I love the most is their excitement and joy in going to school and in learning! I know it will get harder as we progress through the grades, but nothing easy is worth doing. Wtih added focus on manners, civility, comraderie, and trying their best, this school outshines so many other private schools in my opinion. It has so many graduates working for the school as teachers and such longstanding traditions of value, we couldn't be happier with our decision. We look forward to our years ahead and our future Westminster graduates! —Submitted by a parent

  • We are extraordinarily pleased at the level of engagement the teachers have with my son and with us.

    My son has attended Westminster for K and 1st. We are extraordinarily pleased at the level of engagement the teachers have with my son and with us. The curriculum is excellent - advanced compared to the public school programs we examined, with a broad spectrum of study beyond math, science and language arts. My son loves art, music and French classes several times a week, and we particularly appreciate physical education classes daily. Field trips are a wonderful complement to the program. The lower school teachers achieve a smooth and efficient harmony, integrating the curriculum across ALL classes so the message is reinforced in many different ways. My favorite aspect is the annual play presented by each class where EACH student has a substantive role, including solo lines, chorus and sometimes solo singing, and choreographed dancing. You can see the confidence growing in every student - they clamor for opportunities to speak in front of the school and the head of school offers a variety throughout the year. I look forward to my daughters starting K next year and getting this great educational start - a love of learning in a respectful, tolerant and demanding environment. —Submitted by a parent

  • Excellent teachers and staff.

    Excellent teachers and staff. The school is challenging but my kids are safe, respected, and happy. With anything, there are things that you have to get used to but overall you will find an amazing group of teachers with a true desire to see our children be the best they can be. —Submitted by a parent

  • I am a parent of Westminster graduates, as well as a proud grandparent of two current Westminster students.

    I am a parent of Westminster graduates, as well as a proud grandparent of two current Westminster students. The wonderful academic pursuits at Westminster include sequential history, French beginning in kindergarten, Latin in 7th and 8th, public speaking in plays, performing in music programs, Physical Education daily, and multiple field trips. More important to the development of young people is the attitude of respect which permeates the entire school. Respect is shown to each student, and this is then echoed in the students' behavior toward each other, toward the teachers, toward the administration, and toward their academic assignments. The high expectations for each student result in self-respect and high performance by all. Respect for ROUTINE which is so important throughout life is one of key components of life at Westminster - beginning with how students line up to change classes or go to PE. Children respond positively when they know how they are expected to act, and they are surrounded by others who are also acting appropriately. They are encouraged to do their best, and they do ! Learning becomes a JOY in these circumstances !!!. —Submitted by a parent

  • The emphasis on good citizenship, character and philanthropy that Westminster strives to instill in their students is beneficial to all of us since these are our future leaders

    The emphasis on good citizenship, character and philanthropy that Westminster strives to instill in your students is beneficial to all of us since these are our future leaders . . . Thank you for encouraging your students to help those less fortunate. . .

  • I could write pages and pages ...

    Westminster School had such a great impact on me.  I could write pages and pages about how my experience at Westminster has shaped me into the person I am today, but above all I value the outstanding education I received, the great study habits I learned, the proper etiquette in important formal situation, and the excellent writing skills I acquired.  You really helped bring me out of my shell and give me self-confidence in the 7th and 8th grade plays, and I am very grateful for that because I am no longer afraid to speak in front of large groups, like I did this summer at Virginia Girls State.  You have also sparked my interest in the liberal arts, and I feel that if I had attended any other school I would not have developed such a passion.  Westminster school did not just prepare me for success in high school; the lessons I learned there will serve me well for the rest of my life. 

    Alumnus, Class of 2009
  • Teachers are skilled and passionate and devoted to the success of every child.

    My son was accepted at each of the three schools to which we had applied for Kindergarten. We chose Westminster over the others not only because of all the advertised claims such as a classical education and a nurturing environment (which are true), but because the feel of the place is genuine. Walk down the halls during the day and the students make direct eye contact and greet visitors appropriately. Teachers are skilled and passionate and devoted to the success of every child. The Administration is very direct and clear in terms of academic and behavioral expectations for the students, and an atmosphere of clarity, passion, skill, and nurture is where I most want my children to be. My son graduated from Westminster last month, and is off to a wonderful high school which selected him from a large pool in part because of his Westminster background. My daughter is a current student and is thriving. I highly recommend this school to any parent looking for quality, attention to detail, and the highest academic and personal standards.

    Submitted by a parent