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Who is An Emerald Scholar?

The Emerald Scholars program at Westminster Christian School is designed for exceptional high school students who are driven to seek challenge and enrichment in their academic coursework. An Emerald Scholar will enroll in the School’s most challenging courses, and will benefit from participation in exclusive enrichment activities such as internships, independent research, service projects, and more.

Emerald Scholars will graduate as Christian leaders prepared to think critically, collaborate effectively, seek innovative solutions, and be examples of excellence in their communities.  Students who fulfill the requirements of an Emerald Scholar will graduate from Westminster Christian School with the special designation "Emerald Scholar" and receive a distinctive seal on their diploma and medallion to be recognized at Commencement.

Students in grades 8 through 11 interested in applying can begin the application process by clicking the link below.
Please note:
• Students applying after ninth grade must meet each grade level’s program entry and graduation requirements.
• Course requirements for transferring students may be adjusted based on previous school’s profile.

Program Entry Requirements

List of 5 items.

  • Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.67 or above

  • Completion in middle school of Algebra 1 or Algebra 1 Honors

    • Algebra 1 completion requires a minimum A- (90%)
    • Alegebra 1 Honors completion requires a minimum B+ (87%)
  • Meet One of the ISEE Stanine Score Criteria, within the Past Two Years:

    • 6 or higher in any category AND an overall average of 5.5 or higher
    • 7 or higher in any category AND an overall average of 5.0 or higher
  • Essay Submission

  • Letter of Recommendation from a Teacher, Coach or Youth Pastor

Questions? Contact Linda Walker, WCS curriculum director, or Alex Gonzalez, WCS High School principal, for more information.

Graduation Requirements

List of 5 items.

  • Maintain a Cumulative Unweighted GPA of 3.5 or Above

  • Completion of AP Class Per Grade Level as Follows:

    • Grade 9: Minimum of two Pre-AP or AP courses
    • Grade 10: Minimum of three Pre-AP or AP courses (AP Capstone Seminar must be one of the three courses)
    • Grade 11: Minimum of three AP courses (AP Capstone Research must be one of the three courses)
    • Grade 12: Minimum of four AP courses
  • AP Exams Must be Taken For Enrolled Courses

  • Adhere to Guidelines for Student Conduct in the WCS Student Handbook

  • Participate in a Pre-Approved:

    • Service project
    • Internship: minimum total of 40 hours