Westbury Christian School (WCS) is a college preparatory school which serves children from age 3 to 12th grade. It was founded in 1975 with support from the Westbury Church of Christ elders. Families in the church made plans for a Mother’s Day Out program, which led to a daycare program, and eventually elementary, middle, and high school grades were added. WCS shares its facilities with the church. The school asserts that it aims to “nurture and develop the whole child, academically, spiritually and socially.”
Westbury Christian School is affiliated with the Church of Christ. It is located on the grounds of Westbury Church of Christ. All students attend Chapel and take Bible classes, but the religious curriculum is not specific to the Church of Christ; it is purely Bible-based.
While religion is heavily emphasized in the school’s mission and curriculum, Westbury Christian accepts students of various faiths.
Westbury Christian School is located on the southwest side of Loop 610, just outside of the Loop at the intersection of Hillcroft and Willowbend. It is in a residential neighborhood near two churches and one other school. In the spring of 2012, brand new facilities opened. These include a fine arts center, a gymnasium complex, and a stage facility. WCS is currently campaigning for the construction of a $12 million athletic complex.
WCS requires a completed online application, a $75 application fee, the applicant’s current-year fall semester report card, end of year report cards for the previous two years, achievement test scores for previous two years, an immunization record, a copy of the applicant’s birth certificate, and teacher recommendation forms (printed from WCS website).
For students applying to grades PreK-1, a Gesell Developmental Observation is required. The OLSAT is required for students applying to grades 2-4. For students entering grades 5-12, ISEE testing is required. Shadowing and an interview are also required.
According to the school, “Applicants must be of good moral character, be eligible to re-enroll in the school last attended and be free from learning and behavioral problems.” The school also states that “the following groups receive a priority status regarding enrollment: siblings of current students, staff children, members of an area Church of Christ, children of WCS Alumni and families enrolling more than one child.”
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Westbury Christian School offers On-Track and AP curricula, with the option for high school students to earn either a Recommended or Distinguished Achievement diploma. The school incorporates the elements of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). WCS boasts that it is a college preparatory school and that all subjects are taught from the Biblical perspective. The school offers fifteen AP courses for high school students. Special courses offered in comparison to other private schools include Graphic Design, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship.
Westbury Christian also offers a dual enrollment curricular option, in which students who are accepted into local colleges may take college courses for high school and college credit. This option is open to juniors and seniors. Juniors can take part-time dual enrollment, with only one or two college courses, and seniors may take either part-time or full-time dual enrollment. Seniors who choose the full-time option must still satisfy the school’s distribution requirements with their college coursework.
In order to graduate from the high school division, students must earn twenty-eight total credits and participate in twenty hours of community service each year. They must also be involved in one extra-curricular activity each year. Students must complete one credit of Bible each year; however, students entering after ninth grade are not required to make up Bible credits.
No information concerning Westbury Christian’s accommodations for students with special needs is available at the present time.
Westbury Christian offers Spanish to all grade levels, from the introductory level to AP. The high school graduation requirement for foreign language is 2 credits minimum.
WCS offers courses in band, music, drama, chorus, graphic design, art and photography. The school also offers AP Art and Honor Choir.
Computer curriculum is integrated into all areas of study at WCS. For grades PreK4-7, computers on wheel carts are available for teachers to use in the classrooms. The school leases laptops to students in 8th-12th grades. Regarding the technology policy, the school takes reasonable efforts to attempt to limit access to objectionable, non-educational material, but ultimately, the school avers that it is the parent’s duty to set standards for the student. The rules for the use of the school’s computers and other computer resources are stated in the WCS Network/Internet Acceptable Use Policy.
High school students are required to participate in the Student Activities Program and Community Service Program. Student activities include sports, drama, yearbook, academic competitions, cheerleading, chorus and band; a student must participate in at least one of these to meet high school graduation requirements. For the Community Service Program, students must complete 20 hours of community service for a nonprofit organization each year. WCS also offers National Honors Society at the elementary, middle and high school levels, as well as Student Council, Class Officers and the Interact Club.
During fall, winter and spring, sports are available for students in grades 6-12. Westbury Christian School is a member of TAPPS, in which the WCS Wildcats are classified as 4-A and compete against private and public schools in Texas. The school fields more than twenty-five teams across twelve sports: football, volleyball, soccer, softball, baseball, basketball, golf, track, cross-country, swimming, tennis and cheerleading.
Parents at WCS can get involved in the PTO, the Athletic Association or the Prayer Board.