The duty of God's people to "tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, His power and the wonders He has done" (Psalm 78:4) captured the hearts of a small congregation in Huntsville, Alabama in the spring of 1963. Short on resources but convinced of God's faithfulness, the 50+ members of the Bible Presbyterian Church stepped out in faith and launched Westminster Christian Academy. The church later changed its name to Westminster Presbyterian Church, and WCA remains a ministry of the church with oversight by the church's elders.
Westminster Christian Academy offers Christian parents academic excellence in the context of God's eternal truth. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and a member of Christian Schools International (CSI), Westminster remains committed to its mission of preparing students to impact their world for the kingdom of Christ.
WCA is a covenantal school that provides a quality education from a Biblical perspective.
The Westminster Vision is designed to express the purpose of the school briefly and definitively. When we discuss Westminster's educational characteristics, some of the terms used may have different meanings to people; we submit the following definitions for clarification. WCA is a distinctly Christian school that seeks to provide: A COVENANTAL EDUCATION, which recognizes that God is in relationship with Christian families and that, in partnership with such families, WCA assists in the academic discipleship of their children. A COLLEGE PREPARATORY CURRICULUM that enables students to identify and develop to their fullest their God-given talents and abilities and prepares them to be sensitive to and embrace God’s vocational direction following graduation. "For from him and through him and to him are all things" (Romans 11:36).
A competent CHRISTIAN FACULTY AND STAFF, which embraces and models the beliefs and values taught by Christian parents at home, and assists them in their God-given responsibility to educate their children "in the discipline and instruction of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4). An evangelical BIBLICAL PERSPECTIVE, integrated into all learning that guides students in their acquisition of knowledge and skill, and equips them to discern truth and error and to make God-honoring decisions throughout their lives. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is insight" (Proverbs 9:10).
A challenging CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAM, providing academic, artistic, athletic, leadership, and social experiences which provide opportunities for students to integrate the teaching and principles of the Bible into their lives, both within and outside the classroom. "So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" (I Corinthians 10:31).
In all of its curricular and co-curricular endeavors, WCA is guided by four core principles.
WCA as a Learning Community
A student is a learner, one who is engaged in academic discipleship. Therefore, we are learning-centered, not teacher-centered. We have a competent and caring teaching staff, but the real test of teaching is not how well something has been taught but whether students are learning. We believe that learning flourishes in a community characterized by love, encouragement, discipline, and grace.
Learning as Discovery
God has revealed himself through his creation, his Word, and through his Son Jesus Christ. Learning is the process of discovering who God is, what he has created, how he has made us to be his image bearers, and how we are to respond in love to him and neighbor. As we discover our amazing God and his world, we experience wonder, awe, and joy.
Learning as Development
Each student is uniquely created by God and has been blessed with talents and abilities that express that creation. Additionally, each believer in Christ has been given spiritual gifts that reflect God's work in us to build his Kingdom and to display his glory to the world. Our desire is to see students develop these gifts as they serve God for his glory in whatever vocation to which he calls them.
Learning as Display
Students do not learn for learning’s sake, nor do they learn for self-service. Students are taught to respond with what they have learned in loving service to God and neighbor for his glory and for the furthering of Christ’s Kingdom.
Our Doctrinal Basis
We believe… The doctrinal basis of Westminster Christian Academy shall be that of the Biblical system commonly called “the Reformed Faith” as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith together with the Larger and Shorter Catechisms. In this light, we, in our education program, stand committed to the following:
With regard to the education of our children, we hold the following to be true: