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Supplies & Uniforms

What supplies do I need to purchase?

Westminster Academy is thrilled to partner with “First Day School Supplies,” which sends you all of the supplies you need for your child’s grade! Unless you opt out by June 15, school supplies will be ordered for your child through First Day School Supplies and waiting for you on “Meet the Teacher Day!”

Cost:

  • JK: $77.99
  • Kindergarten Boy: $49.99
  • Kindergarten Girl: $48.99
  • 1st grade: $40.99
  • 2nd grade boy: $84.99
  • 2nd grade girl: $83.99
  • 3rd grade: $59.99
  • 4th grade: $73.99
  • 5th grade: $77.99
  • 6th grade: $64.99
  • WEE: $23.99

If you would prefer a list instead, please email Terri White (twhite@wamemphis.com) for your GS student’s list. To Opt out of the charge, please email Kim Durham (kdurham@wamemphis.com)

For Upper School students, the supply list will be on our “Back to School” page in early July. Books lists can be found on Amazon. (Remember to shop through smile.amazon.com and support Westminster!)

Where do we buy uniforms?

Most of our uniform pieces come from Lands’ End – Westminster’s school code is 900040882

    • There is typically a uniform consignment sale in August. Please watch your email and social media for information about date/times!
    • There is a uniform resale Facebook group, search “Westminster Academy Uniform Resale/Exchange”
    • Boys’ ties are available for purchase through Holt Hall’s office
How many uniforms should I buy?

Although this is specific to your child, generally, students need 1 polo shirt for each day of the week, and 1 full dress uniform. For boys, they generally need 1 pair of pants (or shorts) for each day of the week. For girls, the uniform plaid skirt can be worn 2-3 days with different modesty shorts, so they may only need 2 skirts total.

What is the dress code?

You can find the uniform guidelines under the “current parents” tab on our website or click here!

Financial

What fees can I expect?

While we have attempted to roll most fees into tuition (including the 8th grade trip to D.C. and senior trip to Italy), there are a few additional fees to expect. If your child plays sports, there is an additional athletic fee; same with choir, many after school activities, and enrichments. 

Student Life & Culture

How does my child join choir or fall sports?

We will email all new parents to schedule choir auditions and make you aware of the fall sports tryouts. If there is a particular sport your are interested in, please make sure to contact Elizabeth Perkins for details!

What is the WPA?

The WPA is the Westminster Parents’ Association. As a parent of a Westminster Student, you are automatically a member of the Westminster Parents’ Association. There are opportunities to volunteer for different events and meetings throughout the year.

What’s the difference between aftercare, enrichments, & extracurriculars?

Aftercare is a program available to students in JK-8th grade from 3:15-6:15 pm. The purpose is to provide extended care for students with working parents or to bridge the time between end of school and the start of an enrichment. Enrichments are run through the aftercare program.

Enrichments are additional activities available to Westminster students and run through the Aftercare program. These offering vary by semester, but some of the option available include: Knitting club, Guitar, Ballet, Yoga, Zumba, Tennis, Gymnastics, Dance.  The fees for each activity vary accordingly.

Extracurriculars include clubs, athletics, and additional activities. These include Youth In Government, Yearbook, Mock Trial, Artist Guild, and more!

Does anyone live near me?

Zip code reports for nearby families are available in the admission office. Please email Elizabeth Perkins (eperkins@wamemphis.com) if you would like a list of other families who live in your zip code.

What is Meet the Teacher Day?

Meet the Teacher Day takes place on the day before the first day of school. As a new family, you will visit your child’s classroom/homeroom to meet their teacher and familiarize yourself with the classroom. Teachers are available to help set up desks, answer questions, and put your student at ease before coming on the first day.

How do I stay informed?

READ THE WEEKLY! This is your first and best resource for information going on at the school each week. There will be announcements, athletic schedules, ticket sales and more.

In addition to the school-wide Weekly, there is an Upper School Student weekly that comes from Robin Reed to all US students.

Each Grammar School teacher will also send home a class-specific newsletter each week. Some send email and some send a hard copy, but this is where you will find specific announcements about your student’s assignments, special dress code days, feasts, and activities.

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