The Lower School curriculum is designed to equip students for a lifetime of faith and learning. With an emphasis on fundamental facts and skills, students build a strong foundation of knowledge, and then think about and apply what they have learned. In a challenging academic environment, Westminster students are equipped with the tools to become independent learners, critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and effective readers, speakers, and writers.
Distinctives of our classical content and methods include the study of Latin beginning in the third grade; a chronological timeline perspective, as opposed to a topical study, in both history and in our study of the Bible; an emphasis on the literary classics; and lastly, the integration of all subjects so students can better see the connectedness of all knowledge. Through our curriculum students learn to see everything through the lens of Scripture.
The centrality of the gospel of God’s grace permeates all of the curriculum with the goal of the gospel permeating all of their life. We pray for students to grow in their love for the God who created all things and all people everywhere.
Genuine Biblical understanding is acted upon. At Westminster we are committed to developing servant leaders who will use what they have learned in redemptive ways. Therefore, our weekly missions focus and semiannual service projects are not peripheral elements of our Lower School curriculum. We are seeking to help students grow in the gospel as they pray for and serve others here in Birmingham and around the world.
The elementary years are a crucial time in the training of minds and shepherding of hearts. We are committed to both scholarship and discipleship without one compromising the other. Our desire is for students to rest in the hope of the gospel and have confidence in their identity in Christ as they grow in wisdom and knowledge.Lower School Curriculum Overview