The Westminster program is directed toward developing the humanity of each child. The academic curriculum and other program offerings are considered vehicles for achieving the following humanistic goals:
- respect for self and others;
- tolerance of differences and kindness to all;
- courtesy and good manners;
- self-discipline and a sense of responsibility;
- enthusiasm, industry, and perseverance;
- ability to think both critically and creatively, and to articulate thoughts clearly;
- recognizing and striving for excellence;
- confidence to share talents and seek personal growth.
Westminster’s academic program is based on the belief that children between the ages of five and fourteen are naturally dominated by curiosity and enthusiasm for life, and want nothing so much as to understand the world around them, discover how they fit into it, and show what they can do. To satisfy and stimulate this appetite for learning and accomplishment, Westminster presents a diverse, challenging curriculum in a purposeful classroom environment which emphasizes thorough mastery of subject, high standards of achievement, good study habits, and personal responsibility. The staff interprets their position in loco parentis not only as responsibility for the children’s safety, but as mentors in character building and comportment, modeling and guiding the students to develop the qualities outlined above.
Achieving these goals requires a strong partnership between school and home. At Westminster, we talk about the “golden triangle,” with the school administration at one point, the teachers at another, and the parents at the third. Within this structure of common purpose and mutual support, the child is safeguarded and guided toward self-discipline, academic achievement, and personal development.