Westminster Christian Academy began development of a new 70-acre campus in Town & Country, MO, with a May 19 groundbreaking attended by school and community members. The new campus will accommodate up to 1,200 students in grades 7-12 upon its completion in 2011.
The campus will provide 300,000 square feet of finished educational space plus extensive athletic facilities. Highlights of the project include:
• a fine arts center with a 600-seat black box theatre
• a media production center
• a football, soccer, and track stadium
• softball, baseball, lacrosse, and field hockey practice and game fields
• two multi-sports gymnasiums and a fitness center
• an eight-lane swimming pool
• tennis courts
Chesterfield, MO.-based Brinkmann Constructors is serving as design-build general contractor and construction manager on the project. Immediate plans call for demolition of two-thirds of the existing structure to pave the way for new construction.
“Brinkmann’s willingness to respond to our special needs and their reputation for delivering a high-quality product on time and within budget led us to select them,” said Jim Marsh, Westminster Christian Academy head of school.
Founded in 1976, Westminster Christian Academy’s first home was in rented classrooms at Missouri Baptist College. This venue provided necessary classroom space and also offered access to well-equipped facilities rarely available to a small secondary school. Enrollment has steadily increased throughout the school’s 35-year history, from 72 students during the 1976-77 school year to 899 students during the 2009-2010 school year. By 1978, the school outgrew its original space and moved to a vacated elementary school at 12006 Manchester Road in Des Peres, MO – where the Des Peres Walgreens now stands. Westminster outgrew its 27,000-SF school on Manchester and moved to the school’s current location on Ladue Road with 265 students in 1982.
The school continued to witness increased demand for Christian education and by 1995, the school began a renovation and expansion to accommodate future school growth. In October 2007, an anonymous donor gifted to the school 30 acres of undeveloped adjacent property, previously owned by Central Presbyterian Church.
Since its first graduating class of a single student in 1977, Westminster has graduated more than 2,000 young men and women. Today, the school continues to attract Christian families from nearly every part of the St. Louis area. The school’s faculty, parents, and administrators value the school’s distinctly Christian approach to education and seek to carry the tradition forward for many generations to come.
Westminster Christian Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory school serving 899 students in grades 7-12. Westminster provides an academically diverse student body with knowledge in the traditional liberal arts and the skills and wisdom to apply that knowledge, encouraging students to embrace a biblical worldview and integrate it into every area of life. For more information, visit www.wcastl.org.