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familymatters

United States

#1 Jan 31, 2008
Two Topix have been started on Westminster Christian Academy St Louis, MO: WCA IS ABUSIVE and WCA IS CULTIC. The first few comments contain concerns of students and even a few comments that could be considered off color in each posting. There are many that follow with details of problems at Westminster Christian Academy St Louis that have been experienced by students from as far back as the late 90's and many entries say are continuing today.

Since this is the season when families make decisions on where to send their children to private schools, anyone who has concerns about Westminster Christian Academy St Louis, Mo should voice them either here or in the other two Topix.
stlcares

United States

#2 Feb 3, 2008
PROMISES MADE AND BROKEN.

WCA states it is a "college preparatory" school and it is a school for the "entire family" with programs designed for everyone.

Past graduates call WCA a school for the brightest and best claiming many graduates go to the finest colleges and universities with a high amount continuing on to get MBA's and PHD's. Check out WCA IS ABUSIVE and look for comments from MID 90'S GRAD plus replies from STLCARES by googling Westminster Christian Academy St Louis for the complete background on these Topix.

WCA mainstreams almost all of its Special Services students; students with diagnosed learning disabilities. Does this mean these special needs students are sitting in on college preparatory courses designed for those who will be attending the select colleges and universities?

Where are the stats, by the way, on how many students are in the Special Services program at each grade level? WCA raves about its student/teacher ratio (count those teachers; WCA isn't accurate in their figures); are they counting Special Services students with the entire number of teachers to get their ratio? But, aren't some of these in individual programs? And, if so, how can this be accurate?

ACCURACY and COMPLETE DISCLOSURE are significant concerns about Westminster Christian Academy St Louis.

FAVORITISM and PREJUDICE are also problems at the school.

Anyone who questions this not to be so, simply read their Strategic Plan for 2007-2012 and you'll see they, too, consider these areas in need of improvement. Unfortunately, there's no specific statement, even after one year of the "general plan" being in effect, of solidifying specifics in any area of the Strategic Plan.

WCA CANNOT PROVIDE WHAT IT PROMISES WITHOUT INVALIDATING ITS VERY FOUNDATION
benthere

United States

#3 Feb 7, 2008
Private College Preparatory Schools that are non residential don't generate that much controversey, in general, unless there are severe problems within the school. Check it out nationwide but esp in St Louis. Most of what's being said today in Topix on WCA IS CULTIC and WCA IS ABUSIVE don't look like exaggerations.

Why doesn't Westminster Christian Academy simply dispute what's being said by openly participating in the discussion on their school in these Topix sections. They have enough people on staff and especially a new Director of Advancement who could take on this job as part of his Public Relations directives.

Others have asked and so will I, exactly what "faith" do the students at WCA take seriously -- what Christian denomination does the school represent? Which doctrine and what theology?
stlcares

United States

#4 Feb 18, 2008
There's another Topix on Westminster Christian Academy St Louis. Put in google: westminster christian academy st louis real problems and you should get a Topix that says that plus WWJD.

Interestingly comments that have been proWCA are not providing any substantial information like those that have detailed the problems experienced at the school this writer and others have written about.

Why doesn't someone, especially the school itself, openly state what specific religious denomination, theology, doctrine, practices and beliefs are taught at Westminster Christian Academy St Louis?

What does the school have to hide and why is it hiding these facts?
stlcares

United States

#5 Feb 26, 2008
GRADES AT WCA ARE AWARDED, NOT EARNED, FOR MANY STUDENTS

Check the grading system at WCA and ask why all the students on the honors lists for grades seem to come from mainly one or two "feeder schools" and Christian denomination(s). This isn't coincidental.

Check out the curriculum of the school for each subject and you'll see EVERY subject at Westminster Christian Academy is taught from a specific Worldview Philosophy. Those who conform and show they conform to this ONE WORLDVIEW always seem to get the highest grades, into leadership positions and onto the Honors Lists.
stlcares

United States

#6 Feb 26, 2008
CHECK THE GRADUATES LIST EACH YEAR; IT'S AMAZING HOW MANY GRADUATE WITH EXCEPTIONALLY HIGH GPA's

Westminster Christian Academy St Louis does not require a transcript, as is noted in the recent St Louis Magazine publication on Private Schools in St Louis.

Westminster Christian Academy publishes it admits families and has a place for all students of the families it admits.

Westminster Christian Academy does not separate its graduates who attended the learning center or Special Services program from the list of graduates.

How can a school with no real academic entry requirements have almost half of its graduating class -- classes usually number around 120 -- maintain a 3.3, which at WCA is actually a B+ average, for four years? And, why is it these are almost completely from the major religious denomiantion(s) admitted to the school?
stlcares

United States

#7 Feb 26, 2008
WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY ST LOUIS HAS A VERY HIGH ATTRITION RATE. This is the rate of students who start attending the school and then drop out or who "leave", are "withdrawn" or are "forced out by expulsion" from the school for various reasons.

WCA claims this is a false statement. EASY TO PROVE IT'S TRUE. CHECK THE SCHOOL YEARBOOKS. How many students do you see at one level who repeat throughout the years to graduation?

EACH GRADUATING CLASS TURNS OVER BY MORE THAN 20% OF THE STUDENTS WHO ENTER; ONE RECENT CLASS TURNED OVER BY MORE THAN 30%. There may be even higher statistics when a thorough examination is done.
stlcares

United States

#8 Feb 26, 2008
CORRECTION TO PREVIOUS POST:

Almost half of the graduating classes at Westminster Christian Academy St Louis graduate with a B+ or A- GPA. AND MORE GRADUATE WITH THE A- GPA THAN THE B+ GPA.

If these students are so well prepared and the courses at WCA are so rigorous, it would show by the majority of students receiving very high scores on their college testing -- they don't.

If they were so well prepared, colleges and universities would be beating a path to many of their doors and offering them scholarships. WCA couldn't even help one of their brightest get into the college of his choice right after graduation -- even with an alum as WCA's college counselor.

Entry into highly competitive colleges and universities is tough but this grad was one of the academic elite with extensive credentials and any high quality private school would have been working with him to ensure he was immediately placed in highly competitive college of his choice.
benthere

United States

#9 Mar 5, 2008
Just posted on Westminster Christian Academy is cultic. Looking for someone from WCA to dispute what's being said about the school -- factually and not with personal accusations.

If it's such a great school, why are so many comments about so many problems being posted in Topix like WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY IS ABUSIVE, WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY IS CULTIC and WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY WWJD?

And, if these are "old" problems, why haven't they been resolved? Sounds like the problems not only continue but they get larger through the years. What's going on? Where's the real problem? Administrators? Teachers? Combination?
stlcares

United States

#10 Mar 11, 2008
Westminster Christian Academy St Louis just announced plans to delay opening their new campus until 2011.

To "sell" the parents of students in 2002 and the following years and gain their financial support, the Administration told parents the class of 2006 would be the first to graduate from the new school; a little bit of a wait but worth it; there were just a few changes they'd have to make to the school.

Now, the few changes are a state of the art facility complete with an ice skating rink and parking for over 900 cars. An expenditure of around $50 million dollars!

Enlarging the school and adding all the bells and whistles won't change the problems students encounter with a school that actively discriminates and teaches the students to do the same.

Westminster Christian Academy is trying to draw attention to its athletic achievements and away from how it discriminates within the school awarding the highest grades to students who profess specific religious denominational beliefs.

Westminster Christian Academy is trying to refocus the community on achivements of the few while selectively discriminating against many of its student body -- those whose family does not hold membership in one of their "select" feeder churches.

St Louis County residents are educated and financially savvy. Given information that shows the true nature of this school they will understand how important it is to know this school from the inside out and not just what the school wants to publicize on UTube and in the media.
wcafan

Saint Louis, MO

#11 Mar 18, 2008
I just ran across this forum. I'm really not going to jump into the fray but I think there is a lot of misinformation concerning Westminster on this site. Not sure why or what their agenda is.

I can state that there is no truth to the "turnover" at WCA being any greater than any other private school. West County is a transient population and people sometimes move. Tuition is high and always going up and some people decide public schools are a better option for them. No problem. Westminster is not for everyone and really caters to families who desire a Christian education for their children from a reformed theological standpoint. It is an outstanding academic environment--the average ACT is a 26.8 and approximately 65% of the 2007 graduating class qualified for academic scholarships of one kind or another. There are a high percentage of National Merit Scholars and it is the only school in Missouri, I believe, to have a student that receive perfect scores on both the ACT and SAT the last 2 years. We are completely sold on Wesminster.

Oh yeah, a large percentage of the students do come from certain Presbyterian elementary schools where the kids receive great preparation for WCA.

What is the problem??
stlcares

United States

#12 Mar 19, 2008
WCAFAN, thank you for asking what the problems are. This Topix and WCA IS ABUSIVE, WCA IS CULTIC, WCA WWJD, etc are devoted to just that subject: the real problems at Westminster Christian Academy St Louis.

QUESTION: Are WCAFAN’s statements/statistics about Westminster Christian Academy St Louis accurate or false?

STATEMENT FROM WCAFAN:“I can state that there is no truth to the “turnover” at WCA being any greater than any other private school.”

FALSE. Compare the Senior Class graduates by name to those who were students at WCA as Freshman. Now take each High School year in between and compare the lists with the graduating class. While Westminster Christian Academy has succeeded in replacing many students its lost each high school year, they still fall short of the total number that started as Freshman.

More importantly, you’ll find there are years where 25% or more of the class is not listed for the following year. If you take this from the beginning to the end, the figures rise to above 35% of the actual “class of the graduating year” that began together. This is a high turnover and far greater than other private high schools such as St Louis Priory, John Burroughs, Whitfield, MICDS, etc. with whom Westminster Christian Academy has compared itself for years.

QUESTION: Why are the students leaving Westminster Christian Academy St Louis High School after their Freshman, Sophomore and even Junior years?

STATEMENT FROM WCAFAN:“West County is a transient population and people sometimes move.”

FALSE. The definition of transient is “brief or fleeting”. Two major feeder schools for WCA end at sixth grade. Many of the students attending WCA went through elementary school together and will go through high school and even on to college together. WCA tells students,“These are the people you’ve grown up with, go to school with and God willing will be with Him together in the end of times.”

WCAFAN generalizes about West County as a whole. It sounds as though the majority of people attending the private schools are here today and gone tomorrow.

For decades, St Louis City and County residents, many of whom have lived in the area for a generation or more, have sent their children to private schools. Several have attended the private schools themselves. Major corporations support and recommend the Independent Schools of St Louis. Many residents view private school education as important as where they live and what they eat. Many people super-commute from Illinois, parts of St Charles County and South County to private schools in West St Louis County and elsewhere -- this isn’t something new, it’s been going on for decades. West County is home to several private schools but not all private schools in the major metropolitan area.

Most importantly, Westminster Christian Academy St Louis by its own school policies, requires a statement from all parents who withdraw their children from the school. Easy to determine if WCAFAN’s statement is accurate, these records should reflect the mass exodus from the school based on WCAFAN’s claim of “a transient population”. But it won’t because it’s not true.

The problem is within the walls of Westminster Christian Academy St Louis and the agenda is telling the truth about Westminster Christian Academy and not the PR story.

MORE TRUTH TO COME ...
wca_alum

United States

#13 Mar 20, 2008
this is a very interesting forum... I graduated from Westminster in 1997, I believe that WCA is Calvanist... the feeder schools are most likely Central Pres.(or) Twin Oaks. I can tell you alot of what stlcares brings up can be substantiated. for instance just one first hand example... the salutatorian from my graduating class, who had over a 4.00 grade point average, was able to take the ACT un-timed because he qualified for a learning disability. a learning disability for someone getting straight A's??? I never understood that... there were several people that i know that qualified for an un-timed ACT. Now this is just one example of the kind of things that stlcares touched on... that rang true to life from my experience.

I love Westminster Christian Academy and enjoyed attending all 7 years of junior high & high school. I still keep in contact with many people I went to school with, I think that stlcares bringing these issues to light will help the school more than hurt it in the long-run.

with that being said, here are some topics that have concerned me.

WCA COLLEGE PLACEMENT
WCA IS CENTRAL PRESBYTERIAN FUNDED
WCA IS PRO-WAR
WCA IS REPUBLICAN FIRST, CHRISTIAN SECOND

Notable WCA Graduates:
Mark "Thor" Hearne (google him)
Michael Gerson; served as President George W. Bush's chief speechwriter from 2001 until June 2006 (coined the phrase 'Axis of Evil')
wca_alum

United States

#14 Mar 20, 2008
found this ....

Gerson proposed the use of a "smoking gun/mushroom cloud" metaphor during a September 5, 2002 meeting of the White House Iraq Group, in an effort to sell the American public on the supposed nuclear dangers posed by Saddam Hussein.
stlcares

United States

#15 Mar 20, 2008
wca_alum, your comments have confirmed concerns that have been voiced by more recent attendees and graduates aren’t new to the school if your list and comments refer to your own years at Westminster Christian Academy St Louis. WCA is Calvinist but it’s also become very fundamentalist, especially in the past few years but they’ve never publicly acknowledged any affiliation or funding from any particular church.

Yes, several students graduate with well above 4.0 GPA’s from Westminster Christian Academy St Louis. With GPA’s that high and supposed National Test Scores so high, qualifying for so many scholarships as WCAFAN mentioned, why is their college placement rate not reflecting more highly competitive school placements?

Students who test high but get poor grades in academic subjects are said to be “not applying themselves” when parents go to conferences. These same “students who don’t apply themselves” are very capable in organizations and academics in Summer programs and extra curricular studies and get high grades, great recommendations and perform at a high level when outside of Westminster Christian Academy. Why the difference?

QUESTION: When you enrolled (1991?) and the years following, were you aware of what denominations were enrolled at the school? How many differnt denominations were in your graduating class and do you know what they were? Did you see a large turnover of students attending?

You touched on another concern this writer hasn’t mentioned and that is the growing number of LDS, Learning Disability Students, who appear to be diagnosed while at WCA and may or may not be in the actual Learning Center program(s)/Special Services area.

Many students who attend Westminster Christian Academy are very emotionally tied to the school even after graduation. WCA builds a type of dependence in their students. Think back to the Chapels you attended, the Peer Group meetings, the Neighborhood meetings – all mandatory. What was talked about, who gave speeches and on what topics? Some students, ex and current, refer to them as “confession sessions”.

My sources talk about how “drawn in” students become to the culture of Westminster Christian Academy. Times have changed, though, there are locks on the lockers and the School Handbook is full of “don’ts” and with very generalized language allowing any teacher/administrator/staff or even fellow student for any reason to find a problem with a student.

Westminster Christian Academy St Louis as a private, not for profit,“religious” school should not be mandating how a student thinks, acts or talks about political issues or candidates. The school ensures each student knows whom they should vote for when they go to the polls this November and if they show any inclination to vote for someone else, they soon regret their decision.

There is more, much more to bring to light about Westminster Christian Academy St Louis and yes, it’s to make it a true independent “Christian” school. This writer and others believe the school has either strayed from the path or it has followed a path that should be there for a limited number of people who follow and uphold the same philosophies, beliefs and practices. It’s not just the religious practices at the school, it’s the selective discrimination in so many ways and it’s throughout the school.

There is a small lighthouse standing outside the entry of Westminster Christian Academy. This writer and others are working to turn on that light.
stlcares

United States

#16 Mar 22, 2008
CONTINUING THE REVIEW OF STATEMENTS MADE BY WCAFAN AND SEEKING THE TRUTH OR FALSITY IN THESE STATEMENTS.

STATEMENT FROM WCAFAN:“Westminster is not for everyone and really caters to families who desire a Christian education for their children from a reformed theological standpoint.”

FALSE: By the school's own accounting of students attending Westminster Christian Academy St Louis, the school welcomes children from religious denominations that do not uphold, practice nor support a reformed theological standpoint. Why do they admit these students if the school specifically educates students from a reformed theological standpoint as WCAFAN states? And, when did this practice start and why because when the school was founded and for many years thereafter, these students were not admitted.

IMPORTANT: Westminster Christian Academy St Louis advertises and promotes it is an “independent” school; it provides no information substantiating support, although wca_alum in WESTMINSTER CHRISTIAN ACADEMY ST LOUIS AAA SCHOOL OR SEVERE PROBLEMS Topix stated the school has been financially supported by Central Presbyterian Church.

QUESTION: Why doesn’t WCA disclose any and all funds it receives from any and all religious organizations and churches? The parents who send their children to the school and those who are considering sending their children have a right to know who is influencing what their children learn and are taught religiously and from what point of view.

Some parents have been told when asking about this word “independent” that is means the school is “non denominational” and others have been told it’s a word that means “private” but is used instead because people interpret “private” as only for the very wealthy and well to do families of St Louis.

QUESTION: If Westminster Christian Academy St Louis, as WCAFAN states,“really caters to families who desire a Christian education for their children from a reformed theological standpoint”, explain why the school admits practicing Catholics and others that are not “Reformed”?

Perhaps the answer is in statements made by the Head of School who mentioned years when the administrators and Board of Directors were concerned the school would not survive; enrollment was not growing fast enough, some years enrollment was down significantly and then, suddenly, the school began to grown exponentially. Was this when the school policy changed to admit students who were not “reformed” Christians? Students of color were not admitted to Westminster Christian Academy St Louis for many years; when did the administration add African American and Asian students to its admissions?

GROWTH BY FALSE AND MISLEADING INFORMATION PROVIDED TO SECURE A BINDING CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT? Is this Christian?
wca_alum

United States

#17 Mar 27, 2008
stlcares, when i started attending Westminster I did notice that many other students tended to be from the same denomination, Presbyterian. I attended a Baptist church growing up & throughout high school, but I did not feel Alienated because of my denomination. I was in leadership positions throughout high school and was always invited to other churches or bible studies... but never pressured to conform to a new denomination.

I did see quiet a bit of turnover throughout high school, even with some of my close friends. There may have been more turnover than other private schools? maybe? I would think, since WCA is exclusively taught creationism that could be a factor. Many other private schools teach both evolution & creationism from what I have heard ... or some sort of intelligent design.... but, at Westminster when we were taught creationism we didn’t take out our Bibles and go over what happened on the 6th day, we were taught how to re-enforce the beliefs we already held true & how to poke holes in the evolutionary "theory" which I believe may be a contributing factor to the poor college placement, and lack of critical thinking. But the main factor for the high turnover has to be the cost, this is often difficult to gage... because no one wants to admit they cannot afford something, so many may offer other reasons. but for sure there are kids that feel left out or feel they don't fit in and leave.

The other thing that I mentioned was about Central Pres. Well, there were many large anonymous donations when I was attending, another when the school was renovated, and more with the new campus purchase, and apparently the land donated next to the West County Tech campus was donated from Central Pres. One of those "Anonymous" donations was a $7.5 Million donation, how can that be anonymous? was it left in a brown paper bag in front of the school? there is something they are hiding... my guess is Republican funding? or possibly Anheuser-Busch money? all you & I can do is speculate? but it is clear to me that Westminster Christian Academy exports GOP voters. I have noticed this since graduation; almost every kid I went to high school with is a Republican first, Christian second, American third.

I noticed this in 2003 when I asked myself why is it that all these kids that went to my “Christian” high school are pro-war? turns out they were just pro-money.
stlcares

United States

#18 Mar 27, 2008
wca_alum. Westminster admits very few Baptists;seen their percentage? And it doesn’t seem to change year to year. It’s also interesting to see how many African Americans/Asians are admitted to the school, that number doesn’t change, either, from year to year with one exception: a couple of years ago WCA “welcomed” ten or twelve students from South Korea,they live with families in the area, attend WCA, not great at writing/reading/speaking English I’m told. Guess that’s one way to keep numbers up and ensure people return. If the school can afford to assist with these students, why can’t it afford to help students locally?

If you compare WCA’s turnover to other private schools, esp those WCA compares itself to, you’ll find probably a 10% turnover for the others while WCA has 25 – 35% from Freshman year through Senior year. True. Other private nonreligious schools don’t necessarily teach creationism and teach both, but why would this one area be so critical in making people leave the school in such high numbers?

My sources saw people leave the school who had both parents driving SUV’s, lived in very expensive areas, had great jobs, so money wasn’t the object. WCA’s tuition is one of the lowest in West County for private schools AND they provided over $190,000, by their own statements, in financial aid in 2007-2008. Besides, people will sacrifice greatly to give their children what they believe is a better education.

Amazing how this writer/sources and wca_alum are questioning the same things – anonymous donations to Westminster Christian Academy St Louis – esp the $7.5 million. Read today’s entry in WCA IS ABUSIVE and WCA IS CULTIC. My sources are appalled by the way the taxpayers of St Louis and St Louis County Special School District were, in our opinion, greatly misled. It seems to be no coincidence WCA made the promises it did to SLCSSD because they knew Central Pres would give them the land if they could get West County Tech cheap enough. What a deal!$14 mil for a property valued at over $40 mil in 2002. And they can afford a $50 mil addition, too!

WCA is chartered with the State of Missouri as a Not For Profit Organization, not a religious organization. As such, they should not be following any specific religious practices that discriminate on a basis of gender or ethnicity, but they do, esp women. There has never been a woman Board Member at WCA but half the student population is female. All Board Members are PCA Elders or have been Elders; their word is law and PCA members know they are not to question any of their decisions or directives – their Church beliefs these men are “chosen” by God.

Missouri has very few laws on Private Schools; fewer laws than for animals or retirement homes for seniors (and there aren’t many of those, either). Students and Parents in all private schools have NO RIGHTS like public school (it’s referred to as the Hatch Amendment). By the way, check out the Wikipedia entry for WCA it seems there are people who don’t want information or questions about WCA in that area and keep removing it.

WCA has a new Director of Advancement who was the result of a nationwide search on the part of Westminster Christian Academy St Louis. Try to find his name and his position anywhere on the website – one mention inside a document but in the advancement area, it’s not there. Why is that? His job is totally PR and he comes from a family owned PR firm known for building Christian schools in communities. What did they promise him, what are they paying him and why do they need him? Other schools have local people who either volunteer or are paid a moderate salary; what is he being compensated to move his wife, two children about the age for being at WCA?

KEEP THINKING AND WRITING ABOUT YOUR TIME AT WCA. Read through all the Topix sites and reply here to what you saw, heard, experienced. Find more like yourself and ask them to participate.
stlcares

United States

#19 Mar 27, 2008
wca_alum. Westminster admits very few Baptists;seen their percentage? And it doesn’t seem to change year to year. It’s also interesting to see how many African Americans/Asians are admitted to the school, that number doesn’t change, either, from year to year with one exception: a couple of years ago WCA “welcomed” ten or twelve students from South Korea, live with families in the area, attend WCA, not great at writing/reading/speaking English I’m told. Guess that’s one way to keep numbers up and ensure people return. If the school can afford to assist with these students, why can’t it afford to help students locally?

If you compare WCA’s turnover to other private schools, esp those WCA compares itself to, you’ll find probably a 10% turnover for the others while WCA has 25 – 35% from Freshman year through Senior year. True. Other private nonreligious schools don’t necessarily teach creationism and teach both, but why would this one area be so critical in making people leave the school in such high numbers?

My sources saw people leave the school who had both parents driving SUV’s, lived in very expensive areas, had great jobs, so money wasn’t the object. WCA’s tuition is one of the lowest in West County for private schools AND they provided over $190,000, by their own statements, in financial aid in 2007-2008. Besides, people will sacrifice greatly to give their children what they believe is a better education.

Amazing how this writer/sources and wca_alum are questioning the same things – anonymous donations to Westminster Christian Academy St Louis – esp the $7.5 million. Read today’s entry in WCA IS ABUSIVE and WCA IS CULTIC. My sources are appalled by the way the taxpayers of St Louis and St Louis County Special School District were, in our opinion, greatly misled. It seems to be no coincidence WCA made the promises it did to SLCSSD because they knew Central Pres would give them the land if they could get West County Tech cheap enough. What a deal!$14 mil for a property valued at over $40 mil in 2002. And they can afford a $50 mil addition, too!

WCA is chartered with the State of Missouri as a Not For Profit Organization, not a religious organization. As such, they should not be following any specific religious practices that discriminate on a basis of gender or ethnicity, but they do, esp women. There has never been a woman Board Member at WCA but half the student population is female. All Board Members are PCA Elders or have been Elders; their word is law and PCA members know they are not to question any of their decisions or directives – their Church beliefs these men are “chosen” by God.

Missouri has very few laws on Private Schools; fewer laws than for animals or retirement homes for seniors (and there aren’t many of those, either). Students and Parents in all private schools have NO RIGHTS like public school (it’s referred to as the Hatch Amendment). By the way, check out the Wikipedia entry for WCA it seems there are people who don’t want information or questions about WCA in that area and keep removing it.

WCA has a new Director of Advancement who was the result of a nationwide search on the part of Westminster Christian Academy St Louis. Try to find his name and his position anywhere on the website – one mention inside a document but in the advancement area, it’s not there. Why is that? His job is totally PR and he comes from a family owned PR firm known for building Christian schools in communities. What did they promise him, what are they paying him and why do they need him? Other schools have local people who either volunteer or are paid a moderate salary; what is he being compensated to move his wife, two children about the age for being at WCA?

KEEP THINKING AND WRITING ABOUT YOUR TIME AT WCA. Read through all the Topix sites and reply here to what you saw, heard, experienced. Find more like yourself and ask them to participate.
WCAfanatic

United States

#20 Mar 31, 2008
Alright,from what i have read, many people are putting WCA down. I feel that you have no right to say disrespectful comments about it and totally shoot it down if you have never attended. you can never really know a school unless you attend. I am a junior now and have attended since 7th grade and to tell you the truth, i would not want to be at any other school in the country. At WCA, i have been completely prepared for the "real world," even by junior year. Yes, WCA is a Christian institution, and holds its students to show Christian character. I believe the tuition may be a little high. However, if parents decide to enroll their kids, their money is well spent. Students will get one of the best educations possible in high school. They will be taught by some of the best teachers whose goal while teaching is to minister to YOU personally.

Who cares that parents are willing to give million dollar donations so we can improve our campus and give students like me more oportunities to succeed. If people leave the school, well thats their problem and they are skipping out on a great high school. You can look into any school and find things that need to change, its not just WCA.

Overall, yes, some things need to change, but they are simple things. WCA is in NO way abusive or cultic. WCA stands by the Bible and its truths and acts accordingly.

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