Westminster Summer School: May 31 - July 9, 2021
If you are seeking academic enrichment or an opportunity to get a head start on the next school year, Westminster offers a variety of year-long and semester courses in a blended learning environment via Westminster Connect, and fully-online via Westminster Online. Both options allow for more flexibility during the summer all the while completing the academic requirements of a summer school course.
Westminster Summer School is non-traditional and does not require daily attendance. In most cases, students are guided by teachers and are able to work at their own pace. Teachers are available via email for all questions and concerns.
March 1 - Registration Opens May 7 - Registration Deadline May 8-21 - 50% Refund for Dropped Courses After May 21 - No Refund for Dropped Course(s)
There is a criteria for taking these courses in the summer and approval will be made after the student's transcript has been reviewed.
BIBLE AS LITERATURE
Faculty: Mr. Dubocq
A course designed to help equip students on how to read and understand the books of Bible according to literary genre with an emphasis on using proper “hermeneutic” principles (i.e. observation, interpretation, application).
LIFE OF CHRIST
Faculty: Mr. Reed
A personal exploration of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ intended to help students discover who Jesus is, as God who became man, in order to provide the way for people to be reconciled back to God.
Faculty: Mr. Dubocq
A course designed to help students use the structure of the book of Romans to develop a systematic understanding of the Bible’s teaching on God and the Trinity, Sin and Salvation (i.e. justification), spiritual growth and service (i.e. sanctification) and life in eternity (i.e. glorification). Required in 10th grade.
Faculty: Mr. Nolander
A course designed to explore the beliefs and practices of various mainstream and cultic religious groups prevalent in our world, particularly in the United States accompanied by a study of Biblical responses to these beliefs. Recommended in 10th grade. Required for graduation.
The purpose of this course is to provide opportunities for students to gain experience and develop skills in digital video production, through single camera techniques and digital-video editing technology. The student will also exhibit the ability to apply production skills in the planning, directing, and recording of their Summer Adventure.
This course introduces students to the highway transportation system and the strategies which will develop safe, basic driving knowledge and skill related to our mechanized society. It will provide an in-depth study of the scope and nature of accident problems and their solutions.
Once a week for five weeks, students will be watching a movie and discussing it/preparing a film review. Our first meeting will be on Microsoft Teams. At that meeting we will discuss expectations of the class, how to analyze a film and what to look for when reviewing cinema. You will watch a movie of your choice (must be approved). The reviews will always be due by the next class. When we meet, we will discuss the film, its elements and complete a point of view review of the movie. The class will learn how to turn the film review into your own blog/review space and develop a clear understanding of what makes a movie successful. Summer blockbuster films are fun. It is a great time in the cinematic cycle to get exposed to all types of film. Course requirements are streaming platform (Netflix, Amazon, etc. to watch the movies you select)
This course enhances the student's ability to make spiritually sound and wise health decisions for themselves, their families, and communities. Course content includes nutrition, physical activity, diseases, disorders, safety, first aid, community and environmental health, family life, human growth and development, personal hygiene, health systems and careers.
Students are introduced to the historical importance of journalism in America. They study the basic principles of print and online journalism as they examine the role of printed and online news media in our society. They learn investigative skills, responsible reporting, and journalistic writing techniques as they read, respond to, and write their own news and feature articles.
This summer enrichment course is designed to give students an experience with movie music and how the fields of Music Technology and Sound Engineering are used to create the perfect film score/movie music. The course may require attendance of local performances which lead to key discussions and reflections on the course’s topics. This summer's main focus will be on the music of John Williams: Jurassic Park, E.T., Star Wars, etc. The curriculum is designed to leave students with a knowledge of how Music Technology and Sound Engineering play vital roles in the production of movie music.
This grade 9-12 course consists of the following content area and literacy strands: Economics, Financial Literacy, Mathematics, Languages Arts for Literacy in History/Social Studies and Speaking and Listening. Basic economic concepts of scarcity, choice, opportunity cost, and cost/benefit analysis are interwoven throughout the standards and objectives. Emphasis will be placed on economic decision-making and real-life applications using real data.
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to learn fitness concepts and conditioning techniques used for optimal physical fitness. Students will benefit from comprehensive cardiorespiratory endurance activities. Students will learn basic fundamentals of strength training, aerobic training, and overall fitness training and conditioning. Students will be empowered to make wise choices, meet challenges, and develop positive behavior in fitness, wellness, and movement activities for a lifetime.
With this course, students will learn the function of support personnel in sports medicine and various employment settings for the athletic trainer. Students will also learn injury prevention and the care on injuries.
Within this course, students will be looking at the history of the media from the revolution of the printing press to the present-day smart-phone-on-the-go news. Students will be exploring the multiple purposes of various social-media and internet platforms and critically analyzing how these platforms have transformed the lives of Americans.
Most of us love movies. Though we often think of them as "just entertainment," movies are one of the greatest influences in our lives in determining what we believe and how we live. Whether we are aware of it or not, movies shape us and form us and often prove to be more persuasive than parents, than friends and even than our religious traditions in the development of our worldviews.
This is a class about movies. We are going to watch movies. And then we are going to critique these movies. Not to decide if we think they are good movies or not, but as tools to help us learn to watch movies critically. The goal is not to get us to quit watching movies but to get us to view them with a greater awareness of what the messages of the movie might be and how those messages might persuade us.
This is an important class. We cannot get away from movies (nor should we). But we cannot watch them as if they are "neutral" either. Every movie has an agenda. Every movie has points it wants to communicate to its audience. Our responsibility is to learn to watch with an awareness of the power of movies.
This course offers a step by step application of the elements needed to create a feature film. We will learn how to create a pitch, a log line a 40 point outline, character development, and by the end of the course you will each have written our own short film. This class will be virtual (online) With office hours once a week. The use of English, imagination, creativity and character development will all be needed to create your film.
Westminster Connect: How To Register
Grade 8 -11 Students: Register for Westminster Connect courses HERE.
Grade 7 Students: Register for Spanish 1*, Geometry Honors*, Personal Fitness and Health courses HERE. *must meet requirements
An immersive, independent study of select portions of the Old and New Testament scriptures focused on an overview of the mission of God to reconcile and restore all things through Jesus Christ as progressively revealed through biblical history. Attention will also be given to the role of present-day believers in God's ongoing mission.
Students must complete Algebra 1 with an A or better in grade 9, or a B- or better in grade 8, in order to be eligible to take this course. Approval will be made after the student's transcript has been reviewed.
Faculty: Mr. Davis
The course will cover the following topics: reasoning and proofs, parallel and perpendicular lines, congruent triangles, quadrilaterals, right triangles, trigonometry and circles. The course structure will consist mainly of work done independently in MathXL, on an online learning environment. Students will work through each unit at their own pace while answering practice questions and completing quizzes to prepare for each unit test. All work is done in MathXL.
Student must earn a final grade of B or better in English. Approval will be made after the student's transcript has been reviewed.
Spanish 1 introduces students to the target language and its culture. The student will develop communicative skills in all 3 modes of communication and cross-cultural understanding. Emphasis is placed on proficient communication in the language. An introduction to reading and writing is also included as well as culture, connections, comparisons, and communities.
There is a criteria for taking this course in the summer and approval will be made after the student's transcript has been reviewed.
Faculty: Mrs. Dieleman
Spanish 2 reinforces the fundamental skills acquired by the students in Spanish 1. The course develops increased listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills as well as cultural awareness. Specific content to be covered is a continuation of listening and oral skills acquired in Spanish 1. Reading and writing receive more emphasis, while oral communication remains the primary objective. The cultural survey of the target language-speaking people is continued.
The course is centered on five field trips throughout south Florida. There are two purposes in the field trips. One is to cover some of the major environmental issues. The second is to develop good experimental skills. We will collect data from each of the areas. Water samples will be taken on every trip. Tests will be made on each of these areas and the area’s water quality will be compared. Additional fees will apply per field trip.
Summer on Westminster Online
Westminster Online: How to Register
Please click and complete the form to register for Westminster Online summer courses.
Most Westminster Online courses are asynchronous and self-paced, taught by certified instructors from around the country from a biblical worldview. Administrative approval is required for courses meant to substitute graduation requirements due to conflicts with a student schedule. Students seeking online courses for credit forgiveness should consult the administration for possible virtual options. Students are responsible to meet all deadlines and guidelines set by Westminster Online instructors, including exam protocols. Grades in these courses will be applied to Westminster student transcripts.
Basic Bible Doctrine is an upper-level high school course that covers several of the basic doctrines in Scripture, including the doctrines of Scripture, God, man, and sin. These teachings are dealt with in a systematic way that shows the unity and consistency of biblical truth. It covers the basic doctrines of Christ, Salvation, Holy Spirit, and Last Things. Care is taken to ensure that the doctrines presented are firmly established on the inerrant Word of God.
In this course you will learn the basic Chinese language. After one semester, you will be able to engage in conversation in Chinese including greeting people, introducing yourself to others, and exchanging basic information with others. You will be able to count from 1 to 1,000 and make simple sentences in both spoken and written Chinese. You will also learn 160 "magical" Chinese characters and use them on a variety of topics. As you walk through the units with us step by step, you will get to know not only the language itself, but also the culture where the language takes place and keeps developing. At the very beginning, we will start by introducing you to a general knowledge of Pinyin, Mandarin Chinese, Chinese dialects, and Chinese characters.
Chinese 2 enables students to further develop the communicative skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing of Mandarin Chinese at a more advanced level. Students are immersed in Chinese culture as virtual exchange students in China. Virtual excursions from one Chinese city to another expand their vocabulary helping them learn to interact with others and use appropriate terms to communicate in various everyday situations.
In Chinese 3, the students will continue to expand their abilities in various aspects of Chinese Mandarin learning. They will continue to build up their knowledge in vocabulary, sentence patterns, and grammar points in communicative contexts. They will also enhance their Chinese Mandarin listening and speaking skills such as pronunciations and intonations. The students will learn more in-depth Chinese reading and writing strategies and skills. Their Chinese reading abilities and efficiency will be greatly improved and they will be able to write in Chinese in various formats such as journal, letter, invitation, and essay. The students’ knowledge and skills in writing simplified Chinese characters will also be enriched and fortified. In this course, the students will learn more about the essential Chinese culture knowledge including the origins, histories, anecdotes, and etiquettes for various cultural settings, events, or occasions.
The course introduces the fundamentals of German grammar, vocabulary, and conversation. It also coordinates the study of language with culture through the use of video, audio, and mass-media production. Students who complete the course successfully will begin to develop a functional competency in the four primary language areas (speaking, reading, listening, and writing), while also establishing a solid grammatical base and a firm understanding of German culture. As with each of the semesters, guided translation exercises, based on various passages and versions of the German Bible, are included at the end of each module, helping students to solidify their understanding, develop translation skills, and explore the context and meaning of select biblical passages.
In this course, students build on the grammar and language skills that they acquired during their German 1 course. While reviewing basic grammar skills (e.g., present and past tenses), students learn and study stem-changing verb conjugation and explore cultural themes regarding current events, famous German people, music, and famous festivals. In the second semester of German 2, students increase their proficiency in communication by forming more complex German sentences in a variety of tenses and using all four cases (nominative, accusative, dative, and genitive). The variety of topics also increases, from exploring different careers to discussing relationships. Cultural themes are intertwined throughout this course, related to going shopping, going to the zoo, and traveling throughout the German speaking world. As with each of the previous semesters, guided translation exercises, based on various passages and versions of the German Bible, are included at the end of each module, helping students to solidify their understanding, develop translation skills, and explore the context and meaning of select biblical passages.
With more than seven billion people in the world today, there is more need than ever to research and tell the stories of the global community from God’s perspective. Researching and writing these stories will be your assignment as a new reporter for God’s News Network. In this course, all the stories are big stories. Human rights, the environment, global security, and international economic systems are all part of your beat. The stories also have real human interest because they deal with peoples' customs, cultures, and how they interact with each other and the truths of God’s word. Your job will be to research the facts and present them with clarity and context. Your job will also involve identifying real global problems and then, suggesting well-developed solutions. This is a course that makes you think. The stories are current and compelling. They need to be told, and the right person to tell them is you!
Students will acquire knowledge necessary to understand what the body is doing and how it can cope with many different situations. Students will study body systems in order to understand how their structure, location, and function allow for interaction with other parts of the body. They will also consider how the body can be used in their worship of God, promoting spiritual growth and serving as an analogy for spiritual truths. This version of Anatomy and Physiology is fully compatible with mobile devices. Students can access all course materials, interactives, and assessments from their tablet or smartphone.
In the marine science course, students will explore the watery depths of our own planet to see evidence of God’s design and understand just how vital the ocean is to our existence. Throughout the course, students will meet marine animals and see how they interact with each other and their environment. They will tour the ever-changing seafloor and view its trenches, volcanoes, and ridges. They will discover the power and design found in the waves, currents, tides, and the other physical interactions between the ocean and the land. Finally, students will study the impacts of chemical processes on our blue planet and how they affect the water, the atmosphere, and even our climate. With a focus on our responsibility to care for God’s creation, this course will show students that the ocean connects us all, across distance and even time. Hang on—it's going to be an amazing journey.
In this course, as students take their first steps on a lifelong journey of discovery; they find out for themselves how their faith confronts history and provides a pathway back to our proper relationship to God. Students improve their command of the English language by studying Latin. Students also gain a better understanding of today's laws and culture by getting into the Roman mind and are challenged to relate that understanding to their relationship to God. Latin 1 is the most comprehensive way to begin. The purpose of this course is to give students a foundation in Latin grammar and vocabulary. This course also acquaints students with classical mythology and with the everyday life of the typical Roman and points out how that worldview contrasts with the Christian worldview. The course sets the students' feet on a journey as big as their imaginations, with a passport to some of the world’s most exciting places. On that journey, as they grow in knowledge, they will deepen their Christian faith.
In Latin 2, the plots and the characters that populated ancient Rome come alive as they are compared and contrasted with the themes of the Pater Noster. In this course, students build on their knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary. In the process, they sense the beauty of the language and the passion of those who spoke it. A clear, expressive, and flexible language in which students can communicate supports Roman engineering, art, commerce, and system of law. As the students explore the pursuit for power, riches, and national identity found in the Roman Classics, parallels and contrasts are drawn between the themes of the Lord's Prayer—surrendering to God's sovereignty as opposed to pursuing personal power; humility rather than greatness; surrender as a form of victory; and many others. This course gives students a solid grounding in the structure of the language. It also gives them a clear lens for looking into the heart and majesty of the Roman spirit.
In Latin 3, students visit the library of great authors. The library card gives them access to the timeless words of the greatest Roman poets, storytellers, and orators. Students' skills with the Latin language give them direct access to the beauty and power of these great authors' thoughts. This will enable students to compare the imagery of the Bible with that of the Roman authors while realizing how studying an ancient language can illuminate many biblical truths. Students will read some of the best Latin prose and poetry ever written or spoken from Caesar, Cicero, Catullus, and others while exploring the responsibility God gives humans to alter circumstances and affect history. The purpose of this course is to strengthen students' Latin vocabulary as well as their appreciation for well-crafted writing. Students go directly to the source and recognize why Latin and those who spoke it are still relevant today. The course has been carefully aligned to National Standards for Classical Language Learning as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). Please be sure to review the full course syllabus to be sure your student has covered all prerequisite material to be successful. If you have any questions about your student’s readiness to take this course, please enroll your student in the Latin 3 Pre-Test. This will provide you with accurate placement information so you can request the appropriate level of course for your student’s success.
Dive into the rich diversity of Hispanic culture across the globe by exploring the tastes, sights, and sounds of this dynamic language that reflects triumph, struggle, celebration, and so much more. During this cultural journey, you’ll improve conversational, vocabulary, and writing skills through authentic tasks. Short of obtaining a passport, there is no better way to discover new lands, peoples, or experiences. Take your Spanish language abilities to the next level! The course has been carefully aligned to national standards as set forth by ACTFL (the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages).
In this course, students will study the ideas and beliefs promoted in our culture today. They will explore how they are applied to many different areas of life. Students will first study the core beliefs of six worldviews. Then, they will apply those worldviews to ten disciplines that are basic to the decisions made throughout life. Not only is the Christian worldview studied extensively, but it is also held up as the standard by which to judge all other worldviews and disciplines. The students will be equipped to understand the people and ideas of their times. They will be able to engage and defend the Christian worldview in the public sphere.
Computer programming is the latest, and some would say the greatest, effort of humanity to reflect and respond to the order programmed into every corner of Creation. In Foundations of Programming , you will have the opportunity to consider the role of Jesus Christ, the Master Programmer, in original Creation as you seek to play your role in a world that requires more and more programs on a regular basis. Do you want to learn the skills required to be competitive in today’s high-tech workforce? Foundations of Programming will teach you the fundamentals of programming using the computer language Python. The course provides you with the concepts, techniques, and processes associated with computer programming and software development. You will also explore the many programming career opportunities available in this high-demand field.
There are many courses that teach students time management, goal-setting, and other leadership techniques. Leadership Skills Development is different. Because leadership is more than a position of power, various biblical and theological ideas are integrated throughout the course. Students don't just get advice on how to achieve influence and make a difference. This course teaches students to become servant leaders who see that other people’s needs are met. Rather than acquiring power and hoarding it, servant leaders share power with others. They focus on the growth and well-being of others and help others to develop and perform at their best. In short, students learn to lead from a biblical worldview. Whether students are struggling or already at the top of their game, Leadership Skills Development will give them new power to be a different kind of leader and make a real difference in their world.
This ACT Prep course allows the student to prepare for the upcoming ACT exam in an interactive and interesting way. Students are able to review essential content, assess their own knowledge, measure their learning, play interactive drill games, and review flash cards in this online environment. As the student progresses, they will have opportunities to explore learning from a biblical perspective, discuss the content, share study tips, and ask questions of their classmates and teacher in the bi-weekly discussion forums. All of their work, self-assessments, and drill-and-practice work is tracked for them and organized for easy review according to both the level of mastery they have achieved and their own comfort level with the content.
Biblical Truth and Worldview directs students to comprehend core Christian truths with immediate application to personal life, countering current cultural ideas. Scriptural bases for thinking Christianly prompts the student to construct a biblical worldview based on doctrinal truths which address real issues in the real world. Because this course is designed to engage pagan thought processes, it is imperative students be able to rent, download, or borrow movies (i.e., Signs, Someone Like You, Quiz Show, etc.) and music.
Note: This course does not stand for one of the four required high school units toward Westminster graduation requirements.
Through creative writing, we can come to understand ourselves and our world a little bit better. With relevant examples from both biblical and modern literature, this course provides students with a solid grounding in the writing process, from finding inspiration and building a basic story to using complicated literary techniques and creating strange hybrid forms of poetic prose and prose poetry. It also explores biblical values that come to bear in the writing process, such as the importance of serving God with one’s craft; maintaining humility while developing one’s voice; and utilizing theme as a means of promoting the gospel. By the end of this course, students will learn how to discover their creative thoughts and turn those ideas into fully realized pieces of creative writing that glorify their Creator.
Have you ever wondered how photographers take such great pictures? Have you tried to capture those rare, awe-inspiring moments in life and wondered why your photos didn’t measure up that well? In Digital Photography, students get the opportunity to refine their understanding and practice of taking photos. In addition to surveying the history of the trade, students learn the basics of aperture, shutter speed, lighting, and composition. Along the way, they are encouraged to begin thinking about photography in a distinctively Christian way (e.g.,using the art form to promote a biblical worldview, pursuing it with moral and vocational excellence in imitation of God). Finally, students will use basic camera functions and techniques of composition to build a portfolio of images, including images of people, landscapes, close- ups, and action photographs.
Fingerprints. Blood spatter. DNA analysis. The world of law enforcement is increasingly making use of scientific method to both better understand crimes and catch those responsible for them. Forensics 1 seeks to guide students into an understanding of God’s desire for both justice and mercy as they investigate the order and design in creation that enables crime scene investigation (CSI). The course introduces the most important skills and techniques used by forensic scientists during an investigation. Starting with how clues and data are recorded and preserved, the student will follow evidence trails until the CSI goes to trial, examining how various elements of the crime scene are analyzed and processed in court. Justice must be served!
Examine the evidence! Although the crime scene represents the first step in solving a crime, the crime laboratory plays a critical role in the analysis of evidence. Forensic Science 2 focuses on the analysis of evidence and testing that takes place within this setting. Students will examine some of the basic scientific principles and knowledge that guide forensic laboratory processes, such as those testing DNA, toxicology, and material analysis. Techniques such as microscopy, chromatography, odontology, entomology, mineralogy, and spectroscopy will be examined. And along the way, students will continue to discover divine design and order in creation, as well as how evidence can uncover both evil intentions and godly pursuits.
Are you a gamer? Do you enjoy playing video games or coding? Does the idea of creating and designing your own virtual world excite you? If so, this is the course for you! With Game Design, students will tap into their creative and technical skills as they learn about the many aspects involved with game design. Students will learn about video game software and hardware, various gaming platforms, necessary technical skills, troubleshooting and internet safety techniques, and even the history of gaming. Along the way, they will also explore what the Bible teaches about gaming, examine game ideas for ethics and worldview, assess the morality of video game violence and addiction, and otherwise begin to think of game design and video games from a distinctly Christian perspective. And to top it all off, students will even have the opportunity to create their very own plan for a 2D video game!
Every decision you make is a life-shaping decision—some to a greater degree than others. This course is about those decisions you make in the very near future that will be profoundly life shaping decisions about where to go to college, what course of study to pursue, what career path to follow. Life-Shaping Decisions is not so much about discovering the will of God for your life as it is about discovering the unique way that God has gifted you with talents and abilities for His glory. The insightful instruction and practical exercises in this course will draw your attention to the truths of God’s Word as the basis for making those Life-Shaping Decisions.
Mobile App Programming will teach foundational computer science methodology, concepts, and programming. While students are taught to use the latest mobile development software and technologies, they will consider how mobile computing can be used for good and the expansion of God’s kingdom. From the first lesson, students will practice what they are learning to develop and produce functional Android applications that they can share with classmates, family, and friends. Lessons are a mix of dynamic activity, video guidance, lecture, and tutorials. The lessons are designed to engage both the novice and expert student in the field of mobile application development.
This course is designed to help a student prepare for the PSAT exam and subsequent SAT exam in an interesting and interactive way. Students will follow their personalized learning path that adapts in real-time, based on their performance in every lesson area. The course content is engaging and supportive with a variety of searchable video lessons, thousands of practice questions with step-by-step explanations, skill assessments, and reviews, and full-length practice tests with personalized score reports. As the student progresses, they will have opportunities to explore learning from a biblical perspective.
This course explores how psychological perspectives influence personality and play a role in human development across the lifespan. Students examine how behaviors are developed, memories are stored, and language is acquired. Students also learn about the symptoms and classifications of psychological disorders, along with the various forms of treatments available. After completing this course, students will be equipped with problem solving strategies and even learn strategies to cope with stress. Practical, everyday application of the content is a focus of this course as students learn to evaluate psychological theory and practice in light of God's Word.
This course is designed to help a student prepare for that important SAT exam in an interesting and interactive way. Students will follow their personalized learning path that adapts in real-time, based on their performance in every lesson area. The course content is engaging and supportive with a variety of searchable video lessons, thousands of practice questions with step- by-step explanations, skill assessments and reviews, and full-length practice tests with personalized score reports. As the student progresses, they will have opportunities to explore learning from a biblical perspective, discuss the content, share study tips, and ask questions of their classmates and teacher in the bi-weekly discussion forums.
Societies, governments, and individuals enjoy a very complex relationship with each other, often with no shortage of problems. Building on the foundation of God’s Word and an understanding of human sinfulness, students will focus on the causes of and responses to these problems. Focusing on one area of concern at a time (e.g., poverty, health care, the environmental crisis), students will discover not only how these social problems affect them personally and the world around them, but how they can make a local and global difference for the kingdom of God.
Societies, governments, and individuals enjoy a very complex relationship with each other, often with no shortage of problems. In Social Problems 2, students continue to examine timely social issues affecting individuals and societies around the globe. These include individualism; consumption and consumerism; homelessness; obesity and health; science and technology; problematic groups such as extremists, cults, and gangs; drug and alcohol abuse; and globalization. Focusing on one of these issues at a time, students learn about the overall structure of the problem, how each one impacts their lives and communities, and possible solutions for the problem at both individual and structural levels. Biblical teaching is also integrated to encourage students to think of and treat these issues from the perspective of a distinctly Christian worldview.