Life at Westminster is very busy. Boarding and day students alike quickly learn to recognize all of the exciting opportunities present at a boarding school. Their days and nights are full, challenging, and rewarding, whether they live on or off campus.
Everyone at Westminster gets to know one another quickly and, through the common experiences of attending classes, sharing meals, participating in athletics and the arts, and being involved in community service and student organizations, our students develop a sense of belonging to a special community and a corresponding sense of responsibility for contributing to the dynamic life of that community. By the end of their first year here, our students see themselves and the world a little differently than before.

Student Life Curriculum

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  • All-School Presentations

    Westminster provides seasonal presentations on student life issues for the entire school community. In the past, a sleep specialist talked about the importance of sleep, the Alliance for Climate Education discussed the dangers of global warming and the Anti-Defamation League presented an anti-bias workshop.
  • Advisor Meetings and Corridor Feeds

    Students meet weekly with their advisor in both group and individual settings. These meetings provide time for questions and discussion, and these small group interactions allow students to talk about time management, social media and other topics in a comfortable setting. In addition, once a week in the evening, boarding students gather for corridor meetings with their corridor supervisor. This meeting at the end of the day gives students a chance to relax, decompress, and talk about school and about life. These gatherings include food and drinks!
  • Choices and Learning Theory

    All Third Form students are involved in a program called Choices. Students are assigned to single-gender groups of boarding and day students that meet with faculty members six times over the course of the year in informal settings to discuss life at Westminster, adolescent issues and peer relationships. Third Formers also meet on alternating Wednesdays with the Director of Studies to talk about learning theories, study habits and brain development.
  • Alcohol Education

    Twice per term, Fourth Form students meet to talk about Alcohol and Drug education. Led by faculty from the Health Center and other departments, these meetings help students manage the mixed messages they receive about drinking and drug use in popular culture.
  • Fifth Form Workshops

    Throughout the year, students in the Fifth Form meet to discuss issues related to their lives. These discussions take place with advisors, members of the Health Center, and speakers from off-campus. Sexuality, alcohol and drug use, and financial literacy are among the topics.
  • Transition to College

    Throughout the school year, Sixth Form students meet with College Counselors, representatives from the Health Center and from the alumni office, and other faculty members to talk about life after Westminster School. These talks include student health, financial literacy, philanthropy and other related topics.
  • The W Book

    The W Book is every student, parent and faculty members’ guide to living within the Westminster community.  Beyond the rules and expectations of school life, the W Book provides information about how the school works and why, and details the standards and expectations Westminster School students should meet. 
    All students and their families should be familiar with its contents.  Students who are serious about their work, who pay attention to the school’s rules and customs, and who show consideration for others should have no trouble living up to Westminster’s expectations, and Westminster should have no trouble living up to theirs.

    Download a copy of the W Book from the channel on the right.

Westminster School

995 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury, CT 06070
(860) 408-3000
Westminster School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and Postgraduate, located in Simsbury, Connecticut. The suburban New England campus is midway between New York City and Boston. 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 origin, ancestry and/or disability.

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