Admissions

Applying

We are delighted that you are interested in applying to Westminster School. In addition to success in your current classes, we are looking for students who demonstrate “Grit & Grace” and who embody our core values: community, character, balance and involvement.

Admissions Steps

List of 9 items.

  • Step 1: Submit Online Inquiry

    Completing an online inquiry generates an email, giving you a username and the ability to create a password for your personalized admission portal, from which you can access and check the status of your online application. It also allows us to share additional information about Westminster and upcoming events with you.

  • Step 2: Learn More About Westminster

    There are lots of ways to learn more about Westminster! We are thrilled to once again be able to welcome visitors to campus and will also be offering online information sessions throughout the summer. For more information about scheduling a visit or information session, please click here. You can also check out video recordings from a few of our past events on our Admissions Welcome page, and peruse the wealth of information about Westminster’s programs available on the website. Stay tuned for more information about fall programming and don’t forget to follow Westminster on Instagram and Facebook.
  • Step 3: Schedule Your Interview

    The interview is an important opportunity for us to get to know you! We typically conduct interviews from mid-September through mid-January. Additional information about scheduling will be available in August. 
  • Step 4: Sign Up for Testing (Optional)

    While rarely determinative in our holistic application review process, standardized testing is informative and typically a prerequisite for admission. Westminster, however, recognize that for some students testing may not be easily accessible this year. Accordingly, for the 2021-2022 application cycle, Westminster will allow students to apply without submitting standardized test scores and welcomes discussion of individual circumstances with a member of our admissions team. 

    TESTING GUIDELINES

     
    Applicants for Third and Fourth Form (Ninth and 10th grades)
    • Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT)
    • Applicants are encouraged to take the Character Skills Snapshot (CSS)
    • If English is not first language: TOEFL
     
    Applicants for Fifth and Sixth Form (11th & 12th grades) and Postgraduate Year 
    • PSAT, SAT, ACT, or SSAT
    • Applicants are encouraged to take the Character Skills Snapshot
    • If English is not first language: TOEFL
                                                                                            
    TESTING INFORMATION & RESOURCES
     
    Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT): www.ssat.org 
    • The SSAT is currently being offered at home (throughout the fall, every Saturday and one Sunday a month starting in August), at Prometric Test Centers, and in the traditional paper-based format on a limited basis (Flex and International Test Dates). Please be sure to register early to obtain the desired testing format, location and date. All testing should be completed by January 15.
    • Westminster’s SSAT code is 8134. 
     
    College Board Testing (PSAT and SAT):  www.collegeboard.com 
    • The PSAT will be offered in October. The SATs will be offered throughout the fall starting in August. Please be sure to register early to obtain the desired testing format, location and date. All testing should be completed by January 15. 
     
    • The ACTs will be offered in throughout the fall. Please be sure to register early to obtain the desired testing format, location and date. All testing should be completed by January 15. 
     
    Character Skills Snapshot (CSS): www.ssat.org/css
    • Character matters at Westminster. A supplement to cognitive measures, the CSS reports on the character qualities, or “non-cognitive” attributes, of individual student applicants. It is an online assessment taken at home in approximately 20 minutes.
    • For SSAT test takers, The Snapshot is included free of charge. For students not taking the SSAT, the fee for the CSS is $35.00.
     
    Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): www.ets.org/TOEFL 
    • October, November, December and January are the preferred test dates for the TOEFL.
    • Westminster’s TOEFL code is 8486.  
     
  • Step 5: Review Westminster Essay Questions

    1. All applicants are asked to complete the following questions (fill in the blanks, suggested length 1-2 sentences):
        • If given a free plane ticket to travel anywhere in the world, I would go to: 
        • I am fascinated by:
        • If I had the opportunity to learn something new, I would:
        • The person (from the past or present) that I would most like to spend a day with is:
        • My greatest strength is:
        • If given a day to do something I do not normally have a chance to do, I would:
        • Something surprising about me is:
        • My family always shares the story about the time when I:
    2. Elaborate on one of your answers above (suggested length 400 words).

    Applicants applying using the Gateway Application will be asked to answer the following question:
        • Ideally, applying to schools is a process that prompts self-reflection and generates excitement for future opportunities. We would love to hear why you think Westminster would be a good fit for you, how you see yourself contributing to the Westminster community and learn a bit more about you (suggested length 300 words).

    Applicants applying using the Standard Application Online will be asked to answer several additional essay questions in furtherance of applications to all schools.
  • Step 6: Complete Applications Online

    Candidates for admission to Westminster should apply online using the Standard Application Online or Gateway to Prep Schools application. The choice of platform has no bearing on admission decisions. The completed application is due by January 15 to ensure a March 10 decision and is comprised of the following:
            • Biographic Information
            • Application Fee - ($75 Domestic, $150 International)
            • Standardized Tests (See Step 3 above for more information)
            • Graded Writing Sample
            • Student Essays/Candidate Statement
            • Parent Statement
            • Recommendations – submitted online by current teachers (Required: School Administrator, English Teacher, and Math Teacher. Optional: Personal and Special Interest.)
            • Transcript – submitted directly by school (including current Fall term or semester grades)


    SAO          Gateway
                           
  • Accessing Your Admissions Portal

    1. Click the “Portal Login” button located in the upper right hand corner of this page.
    2. Enter your username and password received upon inquiry.
     
    Forgot your username and/or password? Click the “Forgot Your Login?” link and the system will send you an email with your username and instructions on how to reset your password.
  • Important Dates & Deadlines (2021-22)

    • Application for Admission and Financial Aid Due: Saturday, January 15
    • Admission Decision Notification: Thursday, March 10
    • Candidate Reply Deadline: Sunday, April 10
  • Affording Westminster

    Applicants seeking financial aid must complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) online at sssbynais.org/parents. Please see the Affording Westminster section of our web site for more information.
If you have any questions about the application process, please call our Admissions Office at (860) 408-3060.
Westminster School reaffirms its long-standing nondiscriminatory policy and admits students of any race, religion, sexual orientation or national origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at Westminster. Westminster does not discriminate in its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs.

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In keeping with our support for a diverse community, Westminster abides by all applicable federal and state laws and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected characteristic, including race, color, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national and ethnic origin, ancestry and/or disability in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered program. Westminster admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. 
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