Westminster Schools of Augusta

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Westminster Schools of Augusta
Westminster Schools of Augusta Logo.jpg
Address
3067 Wheeler Road
Augusta, Georgia 30909
United States
Coordinates 33°29′20″N 82°02′33″W / 33.489018°N 82.042378°W / 33.489018; -82.042378Coordinates: 33°29′20″N 82°02′33″W / 33.489018°N 82.042378°W / 33.489018; -82.042378
Information
Religious affiliation(s) Christian (non-denominational)
Established 1972
Principal Sue Ames (lower), Tracy Lutz (interim middle), Craig Johnson (upper)
Headmaster Brian Case (interim)
Grades Pre-K through 12
Enrollment 604 (fall 2014): 261 lower (Pre-K to 5), 147 middle (6 to 8), 196 upper (9 to 12)
Average class size 18
Campus size 34 acres (140,000 m2)
Campus type Residential
School color(s) Blue and white
         
Sports Football, soccer, tennis, baseball, basketball, cross-country, cheer, swimming, golf and track
Mascot Willie Wildcat
Nickname Wildcats
Team name Westminster Wildcats
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Southern Association of Independent Schools
Publication Windows Magazine[1]
Website

Westminster Schools of Augusta was founded in 1972 as a private, Christian, college-preparatory school located in the western section of Augusta, Georgia, United States. It serves 604 students in grades pre-kindergarten through 12. The school is divided into three age groups, lower (pre-K to grade five), middle (grades six to eight), and upper (grades nine to 12).

The school consists of two main areas on its 34 acres (140,000 m2) campus. The original buildings house grades six through 12. A new building constructed in 1999 houses pre-kindergarten through grade five.[2][3]

Academics[edit]

The educational program of Westminster Schools of Augusta is based on "a biblically-based Christian world view",[4] and aims to "glorify God by providing an excellent education that equips students to live extraordinary lives for Jesus Christ".[4] It also uses the Arrowsmith Program.[5]

Westminster's college-preparatory curriculum includes 19 Advanced Placement courses, with 80 percent of students routinely scoring a 3 or higher on each year's AP exams.

Since its inception, Westminster students have had a 100 percent acceptance rate into college,[citation needed] with most electing to enroll in four-year colleges and universities. Westminster graduates have been accepted at all eight Ivy League schools and matriculated from five of them: Princeton, Harvard, Cornell, Dartmouth, and Brown. Westminster graduates have also matriculated from West Point and the Naval Academy.[citation needed]

Profile for the Class of 2014:

  • SAT (middle 50% range): Critical Reading 603, Math 603, Writing 596
  • SAT combined average 1802
  • ACT average composite: 26.4
  • National Merit Scholars: one National Merit Finalist and four National Merit Commended student
  • Scholarship awards: $2.23 million
  • Percentage of class who qualified for the HOPE or LIFE Scholarship: 79

Athletics[edit]

Westminster Schools of Augusta fields 16 varsity interscholastic sport teams, including football, basketball, soccer, tennis, track and field, cross country, baseball, golf, swimming, and cheerleading.

The Westminster boys' soccer team is one of the most dominant in its state classification, having won five state championships. They have also won 12 regional championships. The girls' soccer team has won 12 regional championships.[6] In the 2008-2009 season, the girls' soccer team won the state championship, the first in school history.[7]

In 2012, the Westminster competition cheerleading squad won the state championship for the first time in school history.

Westminster State Championships

  • Class AAA: 2000-2001 Boys' Soccer State Champions
  • Class AAA: 2001-2002 Boys' Soccer State Champions
  • Class AAA: 2004-2005 Boys' Soccer State Champions
  • Class AAA: 2006-2007 Boys' Soccer State Champions
  • Class AAA: 2006-2007 Boys' Tennis State Champions
  • Class AAA: 2008-2009 Girls' Soccer State Champions
  • Class AAA: 2011-2012 Girls' Soccer State Champions
  • Class AAA: 2012-2013 Cheerleading State Champions
  • Class AAA: 2013-2014 Boys' Soccer State Champions

Fine arts[edit]

The Westminster Fine Arts Department provides students with the freedom to express their creativity while pursuing excellence through comprehensive instruction and application. Lower school students enjoy a wide array of artistic experiences, beginning as early as kindergarten. The middle and upper school offerings in debate and forensics, music, theatre and visual art enable older students to express creativity through curriculum, clubs and organizations.

2013-2014 Fine Arts achievements:

  • Second place at state in literary competition
  • Eight students participated in All-State Chorus (the largest number in school history).
  • First place at GISA state in Public Forum debate
  • Semifinalist rank at GISA state in Policy debate
  • Two students named All-State by the National Forensics League
  • One student named Best-Actor and one student named to the All-Star cast by the Georgia Theater Conference
  • 36 students and parents sang at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City.

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Class year Notability Reference(s)
Camille Bennett 1995 Actress [8]
Allison Blanchard 2011 Author of Forget-Me-Not [9]
David Degner 2002 Photojournalist covering the Middle East; his freelance work has appeared in publications including Le Monde, The National, The New York Times, TIME, and The Augusta Chronicle [10]
Daniel Finch 1989 Artist [11]
Charles Howell III 1997 PGA Golfer
Carla (Wong) McMillian 1991 First Asian-American appointed to the Georgia Court of Appeals [12]
Ken Sanders 1980 Screenwriter and producer [13][14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Windows Magazine
  2. ^ Charmain Z. Brackett, "Westminster readies for new facility", Augusta Chronicle, June 15, 1999. Retrieved 02-13-2009.
  3. ^ "School ground-breaking", Augusta Chronicle, June 3, 1999. Retrieved 02-14-2009.
  4. ^ a b About Us, wsa.net
  5. ^ Participating schools, arrowsmithschool.org
  6. ^ Nikasha Dicks, "Westminster to honor benefactor", Augusta Chronicle, October 16, 2008. Retrieved 02-14-2009.
  7. ^ Jeff Sentell, "Westminster girls coach had memorable ride", Augusta Chronicle, June 04, 2006. Retrieved 02-14-2009.
  8. ^ Camille Bennett at the Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ [2]
  11. ^ Virginia Norton, "Students Collaborate on Elaborate Painting for Church", The Augusta Chronicle, March 1, 2005. Retrieved November 23, 2009.
  12. ^ [3]
  13. ^ Production company website, Shadowland Films, retrieved May 15, 2012.
  14. ^ IMDb profile, retrieved May 15, 2012.

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