Greetings! Founded in 1888, Westminster School has a long history as one of this nation’s finest college preparatory schools. This reputation rests on a foundation of excellence, beginning with our academic program, including our offerings in the arts, and extending to our competitive athletics program, where our teams compete in the Founders League, as well as to our many community service and extracurricular offerings.
For the Class of 2019, 80% were admitted to Barron's Profiles of American Colleges "most competitive" category, and 90% were admitted to the "most competitive" and "highly competitive" categories.
As Westminster’s eighth head of school, I am in my 37th year on the faculty. I have taught, coached, advised and served in a variety of administrative capacities, and I have joined with my wife, Jenny, to raise our two children, Kate ’06 and Alie ’09, in this school community. At a very personal level, we know that Westminster School is an extraordinary place.
When you spend time with our students, faculty, alumni, staff, or current or past parents, uniformly they highlight the defining personal qualities of our school motto of Grit & Grace as well as our core values of community, character, balance and involvement. Westminster School makes a difference because the people who comprise our school community — including students from across this country and around the world — continue to make a difference in their endeavors well after they graduate. The best schools create an environment that encourages students to flourish. In this respect, at just 400 students, our school size offers a considerable advantage over many of our peer schools, because our students and faculty know each other. A student who enjoys a relationship with an algebra teacher that extends beyond the classroom, perhaps to the lacrosse field, to the dormitory corridor or even to the family-style lunch table, is more likely to find the comfort and the accompanying resolve to follow up with that teacher on a complicated mathematics problem. Similarly, a student considering a controversial concept in a history class might find the opportunity to return to that classroom debate with friends over a meal.
Our shared dedication to the people who comprise our school community defines us. As a sensitive, caring, tolerant and nurturing community, we encourage young people to take risks and, in the process, to grow. At Westminster, we aspire to an extraordinarily ambitious commitment to education, a commitment that rests on the goodwill and enthusiastic participation of our entire school community. What better setting could a student find to pursue a passion for living a meaningful and rewarding life?
We hope you will consider a visit to our campus so that we can greet you in person and share with you more about Westminster School.
William V.N. Philip P’06, ’09
Head of School