Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the procedures for snack and lunch?
For the morning snack, on a rotating basis, parents provide a peanut-free snack for the class (approximately twice a month). Lunch is brought from home. A pizza lunch is offered each month.The afternoon snack is peanut-free and is provided by the school.
How long has your school been established?
Westminster School was established in 1962. It is a fully accredited member of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), and is a member of Independent Education (IE) an association of independent schools of greater Washington. The Griffin Academy of Westminster School has been in operation since the fall of 2010.
What is the background of the preschool director?
Mrs. Kristine Lee holds a BA in Education. She is an experienced classroom teacher and mother of three children. Mrs. Lee has been an employee of Westminster School since 1990. She taught math to 3rd and 4th graders for 14 years. She has also served as the team leader for those grades and has emerged as a leader in the school. Mrs. Lee's three children attend Westminster School.
Are uniforms required?
The children are required to wear a Griffin Academy uniform, available from Flynn and O'Hara. The uniform consists of gray pants or shorts and a polo shirt for the boys. The girls wear gray skorts or pants with a polo shirt.
Do the children take field trips?
Field trips (approximately one trip per month) are scheduled throughout the year. Westminster School buses will be used to transport the children.
What enrichment classes are offered?
Enrichment classes include art, Fit kids, French, music and movement, and science.
What is the structure of the school day?
The students participate in group activities and individual activities through exploration centers and teacher direction. The daily schedule is flexible, though comforting and fun daily routines are observed.
What are the class sizes at The Griffin Academy?
The Griffin Academy can accommodate two classes of three-year-olds and two classes of four-year-olds. The classes vary from a maximum of 12-15 daycare students (students that stay for rest/nap time). The student-teacher ratio will never exceed 10:1 per class.