Westminster Blog

Insights into an excellent education—what it entails, why it’s important, how it matters.  

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  • Live Theater—Not Just for Entertainment! Each year, the sixth graders attend The Ford Theater’s performance of A Christmas Carol. It’s a tradition that the students love, and after they have read the classic tale, the performance brings the story to life. Upper school students often see Shakespeare productions as well as other local live performances in the Washington, D.C. area as these field trips are an essential part of the curriculum at Westminster School. Each grade actually performs a play each year with every student given a speaking part. By the time a student graduates, he or she will have participated in or seen almost 100 live performances including outside field trips.
  • My Child Wouldn’t Bully Someone Else—Would He? At Westminster School, there are over 40 different countries represented in our student body—so lessons about diversity, tolerance, and respect for other cultures are inherent in all aspects of school life.
  • Middle-School Makes the Difference! In addition to a well-rounded, in-depth academic program that keeps middle-school students intellectually engaged, many special activities at Westminster are designed to boost their confidence, build skills and a sense of competency, facilitate bonding and friendship, and have lots of fun while interacting with peers and adults in a positive, wholesome way.
  • P.E. EVERY Day? What About Academics? Physical activity and a good exercise program are just as valuable to a child as an invigorating history class! In fact, after a gym class, the students are ready to get focused and back to work.
  • After-School Programs Enriching Student Lives When researchers from the Harvard Family Research Project analyzed a decade of studies they concluded that “children and youth who participate in after-school programs can reap a host of positive benefits in a number of interrelated outcome areas—academic, social/emotional, prevention, and health and wellness.” Westminster School strongly supports these findings and are excited to offer our families with our new K-4 After-School Enrichment program.
  • Builders Club Induction The Builders Club is an international, student-led organization providing members with opportunities to perform community service, build character, and develop leadership. Westminster student members learn to work together and develop service and leadership skills as they labor on behalf of their school and community.
  • Turn Your Child Into a Reader Studies have shown that the primary indicator of your child’s reading success is the number of hours that you spend reading aloud to him or her. This should not end when your child begins to read independently; children’s reading skills continue to develop into the middle school years, and parents can help their child improve reading skills by performing the simple and enjoyable ritual of reading aloud each night.
  • Preparing for a Special and Unique Time in Your Child’s Development Children reach certain milestones at different times; however, there are certain ways in which your child’s school should partner with you to make sure that his or her needs are being met in these four areas.
  • Why Small Class Size Is Important Studies have demonstrated that students who are assigned to smaller classes in grades K-3rd do better in every way that can be measured: they score higher on tests, receive better grades, and exhibit improved attendance.
  • Finding the Right Elementary School ~ Do Your Homework! There are few decisions more important than finding the right school for your child. You probably have a few choices, including public school—so how do you make this tough decision? You really have to do your homework when it comes to making this choice. You can probably do some initial web searches, but you really can’t judge a school until you walk its hallways and see the teachers and students in action.
  • WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OF SCHOOL? “BREAK!” Daydreaming on a swing, imaginative play acting, or simply chatting with friends are also great ways for boys and girls to relax from the demands of the school day, explore their inner selves, develop friendships, and hone important social skills.