Upper School Curriculum

Being a classical school means that Westminster is a liberal arts school that focuses on a holistic approach to education by engaging students in “the great conversation” – the timeless debate of ideas through the ages – and teaching them to think and reason.

Upper School Academic Goals

Classical Languages: By the end of their education at the Westminster School at Oak Mountain, students will be able to read and appreciate original works in Greek and Latin, and apply their knowledge of grammar and style to their own communication.

Mathematics: By the end of their education at the Westminster School at Oak Mountain, students will be able to select and employ the appropriate tools for solving a mathematical problem, compose and present an elegant argument to support a solution or conclusion, and describe the historical contexts from which particular concepts emerged.

Sciences: By the end of their education at the Westminster School at Oak Mountain, students will be able to apply the scientific method to solve problems and observe, interpret, classify, identify elements of the natural world.

Humanities: By the end of their education at the Westminster School at Oak Mountain, students will understand the importance of literature and history in developing the thought and life of western civilization, all while working from the standpoint of Christian conviction.

History: By the end of their education at the Westminster School at Oak Mountain, students will have developed a working knowledge of the history of western civilization through the lens of Christian conviction.

We long for students to understand that God has made himself known in many different ways throughout the history of the world, but that he has uniquely revealed his righteous plan of salvation in the historical person of Jesus Christ, which provides a retroactive and future-oriented interpretive lens for reading all historical developments. (Romans 12:1, Hebrews 1:1)

Literature: By the end of their education at the Westminster School at Oak Mountain, students will understand the dynamic power of words and stories in shaping our understanding of ourselves and the world around us from the standpoint of Christian conviction.

It is our desire for students to develop a love for the beauty of literature and to understand the production of it as a unique expression of the divine image in themselves and all of mankind. We also hope they will begin to see the stories and songs of history as mankind’s groping in the dark for the God who made them in his image and desires to save them from sin. (Acts 15)

Rhetoric: By the end of their education at the Westminster School at Oak Mountain, students will be able to order their thoughts and words for the purpose of ordering their souls, expressing themselves logically, virtuously, passionately, and persuasively

Bible / Theology: By the end of their education at the Westminster School at Oak Mountain, students will love Jesus and understand Him more by having known the biblical narrative, understanding how to use the tools/grammar He has given us, know how to access his Word to us, and grasp how the church has codified the Word so that our students can pursue their callings.

PUBLISHED DOCUMENTS

Westminster Graduate Profile

A look at the components of our prayer and intention for our graduates

Thesis Handbook (2017-18)

The principles practiced while composing the junior and senior thesis at Westminster

 

Academic Discipline Goals

The purpose, Discipline Area Goals, and Area Standards for each course, 7-12

Westminster Writing Manual

Guiding principles for middle school writing

 

Scope and Sequence

The Scope and Sequence of the seventh through twelfth grades

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