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Admissions At Westminster

We are thrilled you are interested in Westminster Academy!

Our admission process seeks to identify families who share our passion for the classical Christian pedagogy and students who will thrive in our educational model and live joyfully and humbly in Christian community. We want to help you get to know us and the benefits of a classical Christian education. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if there are available spots in my child's grade?

Each fall, we have approximately 30 spots for new junior and senior kindergarten students. Other grades may have select openings. We will know exactly where those openings are by Feb. 1 and will extend admission contracts to applicants in our accepted wait pool.

What is a wait pool?

We are so very grateful for the Lord’s blessing for Westminster Academy with an increasing enrollment and interest in our school. As a result, some of our classes are currently full, however, we still want to encourage families who have interest in our school! Please submit an application so your student can be placed in our wait pool. Through the application process, we will be able to get to know you and your family better. Should spots become available, they will be filled from the pool of applicants with completed packets in the Wait Pool. We very much look forward to meeting you and partnering with you on this important journey!

What are the admission deadlines & timeline?

For first round admissions, all required documents, testing, and shadow day visits must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2020. The first round of new student contracts for the 2020-2021 school year will be extended on Feb. 15, 2020. After that, we will consider applications on a rolling basis, as space allows. 

What is the birthday cutoff for entering junior & senior kindergarten?

We ask that applicants for junior kindergarten turn 4 by June 1 and applicants for kindergarten turn 5 by June 1. We rely much more heavily on the results of our developmental assessment than a chronological date, however, so please contact us if you have questions about your child. 

Is tuition assistance available?

Absolutely! You can find more information about our tuition assistance program here: www.wamemphis.com/tuition

The Admission Process

Early Childhood

JK – 1st Grade

Application

Start the process by submitting your application and non-refundable $75 application fee. 
Begin Application

Assessments

For our littlest students, we look for developmental readiness for school with the Gesell Developmental Observation tool. This assessment requires a separate parent and teacher questionnaire which will be emailed to you after you’ve submitted your child’s application.

For junior kindergarten, we look for a chronological age of 4 by June 1, along with the results of the Gesell Developmental Early Screener. 

For kindergarten, we ask that applicants turn 5 by June 1 and demonstrate developmental readiness for school.

Shadow Day

Students applying to 1st grade will spend a morning in our kindergarten class. You will be able to schedule this in your parent portal, after submitting an application. 

Parent Interview

The final step in our process is for parents to meet with our headmaster, Mr. Ralph Janikowsky. This time is intended for us to learn more about your family and for you to ask any questions you may have. We will contact you to schedule this appointment after your application packet is completed. 

Financial Aid

Submit application for financial aid if necessary. Tuition assistance will be based on family income and expense for the most recent calendar year for which an income tax return has been filed.

Learn more or apply now!

Grammar School

2nd – 6th Grade

Application

Start the process by submitting your application and non-refundable $75 application fee. 
Begin Application

Assessments

We require the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or most recent CTP achievement test scores.

If registering for the ISEE, our school code is 432570. All assessments can be conducted on our campus or you can schedule the ISEE at the test site of your choice. To register for a test conducted on our campus, please schedule through your parent portal after completing the initial online application, which can be found here.

For more information about how to register for an ISEE at the testing location of your choice, visit erblearn.org.

Shadow Day

A student’s character will be observed on their shadow day by the grade teachers in the Grammar School. Students will spend a day with us in their current grade and this can be scheduled from your parent portal once you submit an application.

Records & Teacher Recommendations

Teacher recommendations, discipline reports, and other documentation will be reviewed to give the admission committee the best sense of a student’s character. Prospective parents should carefully read and understand the Westminster Academy vision statement. A signed records release will be required to request transcripts from your current school.

Parent Interview

The final step in our process is for parents to meet with our headmaster, Mr. Ralph Janikowsky. This time is intended for us to learn more about your family and for you to ask any questions you may have. We will contact you to schedule this appointment after your application packet is completed. 

Financial Aid

Submit application for financial aid if necessary. Tuition assistance will be based on family income and expense for the most recent calendar year for which an income tax return has been filed.

Learn more or apply now!

Upper School

7th – 12th Grade

Application

Start the process by submitting your application and non-refundable $75 application fee. 
Begin Application

Assessments

We require the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) or most recent CTP achievement test scores.

If registering for the ISEE, our school code is 432570. All assessments can be conducted on our campus or you can schedule the ISEE at the test site of your choice. To register for a test conducted on our campus, please schedule through your parent portal after completing the initial online application, which can be found here.

For more information about how to register for an ISEE at the testing location of your choice, visit erblearn.org.

Shadow Day

A student’s character will be observed on their shadow day by the grade teachers in the Grammar School. Students will spend a day with us in their current grade and this can be scheduled from your parent portal once you submit an application.

Student Interview

Students applying to the Upper School grades 8th-12th will interview with our Head of Upper School. This interview will typically take place on their scheduled shadow day. 

Records & Teacher Recommendations

Teacher recommendations, discipline reports, and other documentation will be reviewed to give the admission committee the best sense of a student’s character. Prospective parents should carefully read and understand the Westminster Academy vision statement. A signed records release will be required to request transcripts from your current school.

Parent Interview

The final step in our process is for parents to meet with our headmaster, Mr. Ralph Janikowsky. This time is intended for us to learn more about your family and for you to ask any questions you may have. We will contact you to schedule this appointment after your application packet is completed. 

Financial Aid

Submit application for financial aid if necessary. Tuition assistance will be based on family income and expense for the most recent calendar year for which an income tax return has been filed.

Learn more or apply now!

Westminster Academy admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. 

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