Student Life

Student Life at Westminster

A Special Community

Students 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. In addition to work that might eventually appear on a transcript or application, students are also learning about and becoming responsible citizens. Westminster has always provided an organic structure for this important personal growth, as students are fully immersed in a community in which they are known for their varied contributions and have close relationships with each other, faculty and staff that reinforce a sense of accountability.
 
Through the shared experiences of attending classes, family-style lunch, participating in athletics and the arts, and being involved in community service and student organizations, our students are supported and build self-identities in the context of a place where they make a difference.

Health and Wellness Curriculum

In addition to the organic programs, the school's student health and wellness curriculum provides an intentional curriculum for students to learn about topics that involve their personal wellness, their character development, and their healthy relationships with other people. The multifaceted curriculum is coordinated by a team that includes the Associate Head of School, Director of Health Services and Medical Director, Director of Student Life, Director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and Director of Athletics. The school’s schedule allows most programs in the curriculum to take place during the school day, generally on Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

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!
  • Third Form: Choices

    Third Formers are broken into groups by gender identity to attend a program called Choices every other week that is led by faculty members. Eight to 10 students meet with two faculty members in one of the teacher’s classrooms to discuss such topics like relationships, conflict resolution, identity and bullying. Faculty members use questions to prompt discussion within the group.
  • Fourth Form: Health Curriculum

    Students in the Fourth Form participate in a focused health education program that incorporates peer education elements. Topics include nutrition, personal hygiene, self-care, mood, stress management, anxiety, depression, sleep, alcohol, tobacco, illicit drugs, time management and relationships.
  • Fourth Form: Civic Engagement Courses

    A selection of Fourth Form seminar courses help Westminster students learn to engage in meaningful dialogue and to better understand who they are and for what they stand. Students also study both the compositional elements of speech writing and the rhetorical devices that make for effective delivery.
  • Fifth and Sixth Forms: Decisions

    Fifth and Sixth Form students are divided into large groups and talk about topics such as anxiety, stress, sleep, impaired driving, financial literacy, budgeting and fitness. The format usually involves a presentation by one of the faculty coordinators of the program.
  • Sixth Form: 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.

    A copy of the W Book is available for download to current families and students through the Portal.

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P. (860) 408-3000
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