Library & Media Centers
Lower School Media Center (Library)
An integral part of the curricular program at Westminster Lower School, the primary objective of the media center is to expose students to books at an early age and instill a lifelong love of reading. Classroom teachers and the media specialist work together to plan an effective instructional program at each grade level.
Students in Pre-K through second grades have scheduled library classes once a week where they are taught library skills, listening skills, the parts of a book, the Dewey Decimal System, how to use the library and online card catalogue and research skills appropriate to their grade level. Guest readers also read to the students in Pre-K through second grades during library time.
Our collection holds periodicals and more than 9,000 books. Our online research and reference database, Galileo, contains over 150 searchable databases that support student research. The media center environment enhances learning experiences and is built upon concern for the academic and spiritual progress of each student.
iPad ® Learning Center
All students have access to iPads in their classrooms through the use of two full, class0size iPad carts and one group-size iPad bucket. Through the use of educational apps whole class participation apps and access to research sites, students are able to use iPads in conjunction with the curriculum across all subjects.
Accelerated Reading List
Students in first through fifth grade are encouraged to use the Accelerated Reader program to record their independent reading. After a student has read a book, they may take a comprehension test on the content of that book. To check if a book is part of the Accelerated Reading program or to check a book’s reading level, visit ARBookFind.com.
Middle & Upper School Academic Resources
Currently, our campus is under construction and we do not have a physical location for academic services and resources. Please visit our Academic Resource webpage to learn more about the services we provide to Middle and Upper Schools students.
Middle & Upper School Language and Computer Lab
Students may utilize the Language and Computer labs (located in T-2 and 200) and the Writing Lab (located in 500) to assist will all subjects. Allowing students to practice language by hearing a native speaker, the language labs are part of the curriculum for French and Spanish programs.
The lab use for T-2 and 200 is arranged primarily by teacher reservation. When the 200 and T-2 labs are not reserved by a teacher, students that require access to a computer may use the lab with the respective teacher’s permission. Additionally, students may use the computers located in the Writing Lab during their study halls or after school, provided there is available space.