Middle School (Grades 3-5)
Fresh Challenges, New Opportunities
Westminster’s middle school (grades 3 – 5) provides an extraordinary academic and character development program for your child. A well-rounded, rich academic curriculum, with daily guidance toward personal responsibility and independent study skills, is combined with close attention to each child’s personal development. Within a warm, nurturing environment, children are encouraged and taught how to exercise respect, kindness, responsibility, integrity, and resilience, as well as the knowledge, skills and attitudes fundamental to their delight in learning—today and always. Firmly grounded in the school’s overall mission and philosophy, the middle-school program provides a carefully planned, consistent approach to all aspects of your child’s intellectual, emotional, and social development.
A Team Approach
At Westminster, rather than having one teacher deliver all core academic subjects, a specialist is engaged to teach each one. Many of our teachers hold an undergraduate degree in their subject and a master’s degree in education, or have a comparable background. One of these specialists will also be your child’s homeroom teacher, who provides a “home” at school, where the students are welcomed each day, have lunch, and return at day’s end to prepare for departure. Third-5th grade students have a separate teacher and classroom for English/language arts, math, history/classical studies, science/geography, French, art, music, and PE. This approach provides an “immersion” environment in each class, where the teacher’s background, passion, effort, and creativity are all directed toward the subject under study. Each day, the children enter classrooms in which all of the lessons, displays, and special activities are designed to engage their interest and further their knowledge of each subject. Each class is approximately 40 minutes long.
Although the teachers in grades 3 – 5 teach different subjects, they work closely together as a team to coordinate the daily schedule of classes, quizzes, tests, projects, field trips, and other activities to ensure a steady workload and balance of activities for the children. Since all of the grade- level teachers know and teach all of the children, they are especially able to keep a close eye on each student’s progress, whether academic, social, or emotional. Small classes provide the opportunity for individual attention. Teachers and parents are in close communication, through personal conferences, telephone calls, emails, and teacher postings on a private online portal. The teachers provide a warm welcome and a helping hand for each student, taking a personal interest in supporting the child’s progress, not only as a scholar, but as an individual developing his/her own personality and navigating the world of school, friends, and peer relations.
High-quality, in-depth curricula are in place for all academic subjects taught in the middle school, including English/language arts, math, science, history/classical studies, geography, and French. With Westminster’s learning-friendly environment and teacher specialists, our students are exposed to a greater breadth and depth of knowledge, and progress at a faster pace than their peers in public and other private schools.
The Arts: The Heart of Westminster
Westminster School believes participation in the arts to be essential to the development of a well-rounded, fully realized individual. All students are given a strong foundation in the visual and performing arts through regular classes, arts-related field trips, an art-rich physical environment, and many opportunities to attend and perform in school music programs and dramatic productions.