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STRATEGIC PLAN - IMPERATIVE 4
Train students to be spiritually and academically well-prepared and well-rounded.
  • Inspire and challenge students with the Gospel from an early age
  • Develop a series of consistent ideas for spiritual development that can follow students from preschool - 12th grade
  • Prepare teachers to continually infuse lessons with Biblical worldview emphasis and training for students
  • Develop a mechanism for students to be aware of, sensitive to, and Biblically-prepared for current challenging topics within our society
  • Develop a mechanism to properly balance age-appropriate emphasis and time commitment with respect to academic work, extra-curricular pursuits, and family time
  • Improve elective and advanced level offerings at the upper school level
  • Teach students to harness technology for academic benefit and cultural transformation
  • Develop the academic and spiritual potential of each student such that Westminster can take its place as a top tier institution and a leader in the fight for effecting cultural change
If you are like me, you just read the goals above and let out a big, "WHEW, those are lofty goals."  Indeed, they are!  Should we expect any less for our students, our own children, and our broader culture?
 
Allow me to highlight just a few things in this list that I think are timely. First, I hope that you, like me, first and foremost, want to see Christ introduced to our kids from the earliest ages. I trust this will go along with the very same thing you are doing in your own homes.
 
As students grow, we want to appropriately and systematically develop their academic and spiritual knowledge, formation, and worldview through all their years at WCA. This is no easy task. Fortunately, our educational partner, Summit Ministries, has also taken on the challenge. We implemented a portion of the Summit curriculum for Bible and worldview this year and should get the rest of it in place in the coming year. Over time, this (along with other Bible tools) should give us a thoughtful and appropriately stepped approach to teaching Scripture, instilling worldview, and attacking some of the tough issues and faulty ideas in modern culture.
 
Just this week, I had a mother passionately tell me in Coffee Chat that she specifically went against what would be easy or even prescribed by some around her to come to Westminster and have her children in a place where a variety of people and backgrounds are present and where children can be taught to operate Christianly within a tough world.
 
While all of this sounds wonderful, the goals also mention teacher preparation to help our students to think well and to think with a Christian mind about all of life. Believe me when I say that it is no easy task. This requires diligent searching and continuous conversation, training and improvement to expect teachers to perform this task well - nevertheless, that is our desire.
 
Finally, I want to directly address the very last goal above. I know that God has created us all with unique abilities, talents, interests, and plans. We desire to maximize the God-given gifts within each student so that every one of them can go into a hostile world and not only make a living, but be used as a well sharpened tool to do the Lord's work of redemption and restoration of various aspects of culture. We want students to not merely be prepared to live in the world but to be a part of improvement through Biblical ideas within the culture. We desire to actually be a LEADER in this effort and to take a place in the front of other schools in every area of effort.
 
As you might imagine, these goals will not be achieved overnight and are challenging to even imagine, but we serve a big God and I don't believe we should set our sights on any less. Let's work together to get there.
 

Review the entire Strategic Plan by   clicking here

Louisiana High School Literary Rally
WCA sent 22 students to compete at the District Literary Rally February 24, 2018. Of the 22 students, 21 qualified to compete at the State Literary Rally April 21, 2018! Two WCA students automatically quailed for State in Latin and did not compete at the district level. WCA has a total of 23 students competing at the State Literary Rally April 21, 2018!

The purpose of the Louisiana High School Rally Association is to provide opportunities for students to achieve a greater awareness of the importance of education in these critical times, and gain a renewed determination to develop their talents to the maximum by promoting keen competition and a desire for excellence, and in recognizing academic endeavors on a statewide level. Furthermore, it is an enlightened way of recognizing and rewarding students who excel in that for which all schools are primarily established -- academic pursuits. We are pleased to recognize the efforts of our students as they competed against other schools in our region.

Advanced Math (Functions and Statistics) - McKae Gerald - 2nd 
Advanced Math (Pre-Calculus) - Maija Lazard - 2nd
Algebra I - Brandon Lanclos - 2nd
Algebra II - Bailey Meche - 2nd 
Biology I - Justin "Bram" Shankle - 1st
Biology II - Natalie Vidrine - 3rd 
Calculus - Grayson Stepanek - 1st
Chemistry - Jordan Blakeman - 2nd
Civics - Jake Vinet - 3rd
English I - Emma Bacilla - 1st
English II - Allyssa Veney - 1st 
English III - Jacquelin LaBerteaux - 1st
English IV - Abbey Broussard - 1st
Environmental Science - Emily Goldner - 1st
Fine Arts - Brianna Winston - 1st
French I - Amy Malekian - 2nd 
French II - Colby Guidry - 2nd
Geometry - Anna Ardoin - 2nd
Latin I (state only) - Emily Nezat
Latin II (state only) - Ellisyn Davis
Physics - Michael Hebert - 2nd 
Spanish I - Cade Lyons - 1st 
Spanish II - Aaron Yang - 1st 
US History - Christian McGovern - 4th

Our 1st place winners from District Literary Rally pictured below!
WCA Student Named Louisiana National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist by National Geographic Society
Brayhlon Artholee, 5th grader on our Opelousas campus,  has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2018 Louisiana National Geographic State Bee! The contest will be held at Robert E. Bishop Tracy Center in Baton Rouge  on Friday, April 6, 2018.

This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 30th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the State Bees.

To celebrate the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, the cash prize for the top three students in each state has doubled. Each state champion will receive $200, the National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 20-23, 2018. Students that come in second place will receive $150 and those that come in third will receive $100. The first-place national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, including a subscription to National Geographic magazine, and an all-expenses-paid Lindblad expedition to the Galápagos Islands aboard the new National Geographic Endeavour ll . Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. Second- and third-place finishers will receive $25,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively. Click here for more information on the National Geographic Bee.
Turnage Named New Athletic Director
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Coach Robert "Buddy" Turnage as the school's 
new Athletic Director. After an in-depth search, screening, and interview process, a nd  with unanimous support by the board representatives on the search committee, Mr. Davis commented, "Our search centered on finding an individual who believes in the mission and vision of Westminster Ch ristian Academy, understands what it takes to reach young 
people, and possesses the skills necessary to sustain and grow West
minster's success - athletically, spiritually, and administratively - now and into the future. Coach Turnage quickly distinguished himself as an energetic, visionary leader who possesses the leadership skills, dedication, and passion we were seeking, making it clear that he is the right choice for this role." 




Mr. Scott Davis
Head of School
Westminster Christian Academy
sdavis@wcala.org

" A man who has lived in many places is not likely to be deceived by the local errors of his native village: the scholar has lived in many times and is therefore in some degree immune from the great cataract of nonsense that  pours from the press and the microphone of his own age."  - C.S. Lewis The Weight of Glory