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Double Your Dollars!

DoubleYourDollarsThe Westminster Parents’ Association wants to challenge our parents who have not already made a gift to the Westminster Fund to do so today! As an incentive, they will match each gift up to $5,000 if we have 60-percent parent participation by May 27. Currently, 51-percent of our parents have participated.

Join our other families in supporting the programs and mission of our school. Contributions to the Westminster Fund are immediately invested in the people and programs that make Westminster an extraordinary independent school. A strong level of participation also reflects positively when applying for outside funding from corporations and foundations. Your gift, no matter the amount, makes a difference. Last year, gifts between $1 and $100 dollars totaled over $13,000. Your participation does make a difference.

Click here to see testimonies from our teachers about why they support the Westminster Fund. Join them in making a gift today.

There are several ways to participate:

  • Make an online donation.
  • Write a check to Westminster noted “Westminster Fund” and return with your child to their division office.

Please email Carrie Brigham or call her at 706-731-5260, ext. 2234 if you have any questions.

Donate Now

and double your dollars!


Final Report Card Information

Lower School
Report cards for Lower School students are to be mailed home on June 8.

Middle & Upper School
Middle and Upper School report cards will be mailed on Wednesday, June 8. Spring exam grades will be shown on the report card.

Please note that report cards and transcripts may be withheld if all financial obligations are not current.


Summer SAT/ACT Prep Course Information

Register students for the upcoming SAT prep course being offered by Layman College Consulting. This course is open to any local high school student. Click the below course title to learn more and register for the program.

June 2016 SAT Course

This SAT prep course leads up to the SAT on June 4, 2016. Students are strongly encouraged to sit for the June SAT following this course. Note: Registering for this course does not register a student for the official SAT. Please visit the College Board’s website to register for an official SAT.

As a week-long intensive program, this course requires that students spend at least 2 hours per day (in addition to course meeting times) working on SAT prep assignments. Plan accordingly!

 


Class of 2016 | At a Glance

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  • Number of Seniors: 57
  • SAT Averages: Critical Reading – 602, Math – 593
  • ACT Composite Score Average: 27.4
  • Number of Eagle Scouts: 1
  • Number of NHS Members: 21
  • Number of Beta Club Members: 43
  • Number of seniors attending a fine arts institution: 2 – the School of Visual Arts (NY) and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NY)
  • Number of future college athletes: 5
  • Number of seniors accepted into one or more Top 100 National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges: 36
  • Number of seniors who will be attending one or more Top 100 National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges: 22
  • Average number of college applications per senior: 4.5
  • Number of college acceptances: 187

The majority of the students in the class of 2016 were accepted to their first college choice. Westminster senior acceptances to the top 100 universities and colleges based on U.S. News & World Report rankings included: Boston University, Clemson University, Cornell University, Drexel University, Fordham University, Furman University, George Washington University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Michigan State University, North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, Rhodes College, Rutgers University – New Brunswick, Sewanee – The University of the South, Syracuse University, University of Alabama, University of California – Santa Barbara, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Connecticut, University of Denver, University of Georgia, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, University of Pittsburgh, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Vanderbilt University, Wheaton College (IL), Wofford College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Fifty-six percent of our seniors were accepted to at least one of these colleges or universities. Click here to see a list of their college decisions.

As a college prep school with a strong focus on faith and academics, we are celebrating our seniors and all of their college acceptances. More importantly, we are proud of the success we know they’ll have in college and life because of their hard work and the preparation they received from Westminster.


2016-17 Key Events Changes

Due to some changes with the GISA athletic schedule made after we published our Westminster calendar, we made a few changes to our 2016-17 Key event dates. The new dates are below:

  • October 6, 7 & 10 | Fall Break
  • October 11 | Lower School Teacher Workday (no class for Lower School)
  • October 11 | Middle and Upper School Parent-Teacher Conferences (no class for Middle School, half day for Upper School)
  • May 13 | Commencement

View the full list of 2016-17 dates here, or view it anytime on our calendar homepage.


Summer Camp Junior Counselors Needed

Westminster Summer Programs’ Junior Counselor in Training program provides opportunities for students entering the eighth, ninth and tenth grade that want to develop their leadership skills. All students interested must apply with our Summer Programs department. Junior counselors work as a team, in small groups and individually to learn about organizing and instructing children in a summer camp environment.

The junior counselor program will provide a training day for all accepted applicants on June 1 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Attendance during this training is mandatory. Note that there are a limited number of junior counselor spaces available, and only a select number of junior counselors will be hired.

This program is an unpaid internship, however, reference letters will be readily provided as requested. Students that want to apply their hours to a service club (Beta and/or NHS) can work with the Summer Programs coordinator to do so.

Click here to download an application to the junior counselor program or for more information, email Katherine Hamrick, our Summer Programs coordinator. Applications are due by May 6, and a response will be emailed to the applicant by May 13.


Staffing Changes for 2016-17

Carrie Brigham

Carrie Brigham

Dear Westminster Families,

I have been blessed with an exceptional leadership team, and it has been my privilege to serve this year with the following people: Sue Ames (Lower School principal), Brian Case (Middle School principal), Craig Johnson (interim Upper School principal and academic dean), Andrew Bryan (athletic director), Jane Brown (chief financial officer), Carrie Brigham (director of development) and Aimee Lynch (director of admissions). I want to let you know of a few leadership team changes that will take effect in the 2016-17 school year.

In December, Aimee Lynch announced that this would be her last year working at Westminster, allowing her time to be a full-time mom. I’m pleased to announce that Carrie Brigham has accepted my offer to serve as Westminster’s next director of admissions beginning this summer. With experience in sales before Westminster and eight years as our director of development, Carrie has the skills and experience to make an immediate and impressive impact. We are now conducting a national search for a director of advancement (a slightly revised position), and I welcome your prayers and networking on our behalf.

Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson

Last month, I announced that Mike Freace would assume the Upper School principal position this summer. Craig Johnson will return to his duties as academic dean (PK3-12) and add to his teaching responsibilities in the Upper School. With Lisa Cook (Upper School social studies) returning to Nebraska at the end of this school year, there was a natural opportunity for us to fill much of this opening internally with another gifted teacher, Mr. Johnson. In his academic dean role, Mr. Johnson will report to me and continue to oversee 1) the entire academic support program; 2) standardized testing (data-driven decision making); 3) curriculum standards and coordination in and between the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools; 4) Christian faith-learning initiatives; and 5) SAIS/SACS accreditation and CESA certification.

I look forward to a terrific 2016-17 school year, and am thankful, as always, for the many faculty and staff who make Westminster such a unique and special school.

Warm regards,

Steve O’Neil
Headmaster


2016 Westminster STAR Student and Teacher

Screen Shot 2016-03-08 at 8.53.03 AMCongratulations to senior Wils Meeks for being named the 2016 STAR student from Westminster Schools of Augusta. He has selected Upper School science teacher Susan Smith as his STAR teacher. Wils and Mrs. Smith were honored by the Augusta Kiwanis Club at a meeting on March 7 at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church.

The PAGE STAR program honors Georgia’s highest achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. Since its creation in 1958 by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, the STAR (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) program has honored nearly 25,500 students, who have in turn chosen their STAR Teachers to share in this recognition. Every accredited high school in Georgia is eligible to participate in this preeminent student/teacher academic recognition.

To obtain the STAR nomination, high school students must have the highest score on any single test date of the three-part SAT taken through the November test date of their senior year and be in the top 10 percent or top 10 students of their class based on grade point average. Nominees’ SAT scores must be equal to or higher than the latest available national average on the math, critical reading and writing sections.

About Wils:

What are your future education plans?
I will be going to Vanderbilt University in the fall and majoring in Chemistry.

What are your career hopes?
I hope to become a cardiothoracic surgeon or a financial adviser.

Why did you choose the STAR teacher you did?
I chose Mrs. Smith because she is the smartest person I have ever met and the best teacher I have ever had. She has immense knowledge about chemistry, and she knows exactly how to teach her students. She has an answer for any question her students could ask. As well as being a phenomenal educator, she cares for every one of her students like they were her own children. She is the smartest, classiest and sweetest person I know.

What subjects did she teach you?
She taught me honors chemistry and AP chemistry.


New Upper School Principal Announced

Mr. Mike Freace

Mr. Mike Freace

From my vantage point, we have had one of the best school years during my tenure, thanks in large part to our dedicated faculty and exceptional Upper School students. With Knox Hall taking shape with an anticipated opening during winter 2016-17, coupled with a talented senior class (57 students, the largest in school history), there’s much for which to be proud. I’m especially grateful for this year’s Upper School administration for capably advancing us forward during an interim leadership period: Interim Upper School Principal and Academic Dean (PK-12) Craig Johnson, Upper School Dean of Students Mike Freace, Upper School Academic Support Coordinator Regina Franklin and Director of College Counseling Alex McCallie. I’m especially thankful for Mr. Johnson, who shouldered two administrative roles remarkably well along with teaching and debate responsibilities.

In January, I decided to conduct an internal search for Westminster’s next Upper School principal. Oftentimes, the very best leadership talent is right in front of one’s nose, and that is often the case at Westminster. I also saw an opportunity to ensure continuity with our positive traction as well as carefully steward expenses. I’m incredibly pleased to announce that Mike Freace has agreed to serve as Westminster’s next Upper School principal, effective July 1.

Mr. Freace has faithfully served our school for 15 years as teacher, director of communications, athletic director, director of student life and, most recently, as dean of students. Through these roles, he has made a positive and lasting impact on Westminster. He also currently teaches one of our biblical studies courses and serves as head varsity boys soccer coach. He received his Bachelor of Science from Houghton College and Master of Arts in organizational management from Roberts Wesleyan College. Mike is married to Claire, and they have three children: Madeleine (6th), Sean (3rd) and Jack (K). They are members of Quest Church.

When asked what he is most enthusiastic about with this new role, he said, “Having the opportunity to lead a great faculty who are extremely talented and passionate about educating students for college and life.” Furthermore, he shared “I am committed to working hard, listening well, developing a strong team and making sure there is a ‘why’ behind everything we do.” Finally, Mr. Freace expressed his excitement to “lead a faculty committed to excellent academic programs through the lens of a Christian worldview and continue this rich tradition for many years to come.”

Although we will soon say goodbyes to our seniors, I’m already excited for what’s in store for next year. As we are already making plans for the 2016-17 school year, Mr. Freace will begin to organize his team that will include Mrs. Franklin and Mr. McCallie. He will also attend a six-day institute in Delaware called “Leading the Effective Upper School.” We also look forward to having our current eighth-graders join the Upper School as well as many new faces currently in the admission pipeline (14 applications already for next year’s freshmen class!).

Mr. Freace is a team player, committed to excellence and is highly relational, with a desire to invest in people, particularly faculty and students. He will do a tremendous job building from our traditions and setting vision for the next phase of development at Westminster’s Upper School. Please join me in congratulating Mr. Freace!

Warm regards,

Steve O’Neil
Headmaster


Thanks to the 2015 GOAL Participants

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Thank you to all who supported the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program this year by redirecting your Georgia state taxes to Westminster. This program has provided another revenue stream that supports financial assistance to qualified students to attend Westminster, including 27 this school year.

For more information about the GOAL program, click here.

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