Project Lead the Way (PLTW)
Project Lead the Way is a nationally recognized curriculum that empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through compelling activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them. As students engage in hands-on activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they become creative, and collaborative problem solvers.
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade have the opportunity to infuse project-based learning techniques in designing toys, solving real-world problems, building robots, and learning programming using Scratch, Jr., Hopscotch, Tynker and ROBOTIC languages. PLTW Launch taps into the exploratory nature of students, engages them in learning that feels like play, and encourages them to keep discovering.
PLTW Gateway’s ten units empower middle school students to lead their own discovery. Course offerings include Fundamentals of Engineering, Aeornautical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering/Design.
PLTW Engineering empowers high school students to step into the role of an engineer, adopt a problem-solving mindset, and make the leap from dreamers to doers. Certifications available after completion of the PLTW program are Autodesk Inventor Certified User, the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation's Pre-Engineering Certification, The Florida Engineering Society Certification, and the AP + PLTW Recognition.
WorldWonder, an inquiry-based learning program on the Westminster Christian School campus, intentionally strives to provide an inspiring and dynamic learning environment where children can observe the wonder of nature and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. In this screen-dominated age, we believe frequent experiences in nature are critical to the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual health of our children. Each week, kids wonder about how clouds move, bugs feel, birds sing and worms wiggle. They engage in science-based interpretive lessons aimed to give them the thrill of touching, seeing, wondering and learning about the amazing world around them. These hands-on experiences range from habitat explorations, nature crafts, cooperative learning, STEM activities and citizen science projects.
A water feature, bird aviary, obstacle course, raised learning platform and fire pit are strategic learning spaces designed to inspire children to wonder, discover and expand their imaginations. The nature center is a multi-purpose building where teachers will integrate curriculum and incorporate project-based learning teaching methods. Evening activities, nature camp, speakers and receptions are activities where the community is invited and encouraged to become involved.
The beginning of the school year for High School students at Westminster Christian School means “Warrior Week.” For each year since 2005, except one year that was interrupted by a hurricane, High School student have spent the first week of school at Sharp Top Mountain, a beautiful retreat in Jasper, Georgia. It is a week of spiritual renewal, relational development, and fun and adventure. Students deepen their relationship with Jesus, strengthen their friendships with fellow students, and get to know their teachers out of the classroom. They return tired and rumpled, but with a momentum from a shared experience that fuels their pursuit of academic, artistic, and athletic excellence for the following year.
The week is planned and coordinated by a student-led committee from the Westminster Student Leadership team. They work on theme and concepts during the spring and finalize everything during the summer. Faculty, alumni, and parent volunteers serve during the week as speakers, cabin leaders, nurses, and dining hall staff.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Westminster Christian School’s academic program challenges and empowers learners with a rigorous curriculum from a Biblical worldview. It offers a nurturing environment where exceptionally qualified and gifted teachers model Christian living and thinking. Students enjoy an extensive selection of academic electives, athletic offerings and fine arts disciplines that allow them to discover their God given talents, preparing them to excel in college and beyond. Student government and service opportunities, both locally and abroad, allow them to develop as leaders and to positively impact others for the glory of God.
Westminster Christian School offers 24 Advancement Placement courses in the High School curriculum, including:
AP Art History, AP Studio Art 2D, AP Studio Art 3D, AP Studio Drawing, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Macro Economics, AP English Language, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French Language, AP Human Geography, AP Music Theory, AP Physics I, AP Physics II, AP Seminar, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP US Government, AS US History, AP World History.
Service in Community
Service in the Community is a program that involves Westminster students in community service projects locally and abroad. For the past 4 years, the Mission Club, a student run organization, has traveled to Nicaragua to build a house each year for a deserving family. Prior to each trip, the Club raised money to purchase the materials needed. The week in Nicaragua goes quickly. Thursday through Saturday is spent building the house. Church and sight-seeing fill Sunday. Furniture is moved in, the house is dedicated and the keys are given to the family on Monday. That day, Westminster students also distribute school supplies that were collected prior to the trip to children at Club Esperanza, a local school. The students return to Miami on Tuesday.