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Our History

Westminster Christian Academy started as a vision of Ned and Valerie Rutland. Their desire was to establish a school that would equip children with a solid Christian and academic foundation. This seed once planted as a small preschool at the Westminster Church grew quickly, and took on a life of its own that far exceeded anyone's expectations. The school's phenomenal growth was a clear indication that the vision was sown from the heart of God. Soon 20 acres of land were purchased 5 miles south of Opelousas, and what was once a soybean field is now harvesting young Christian leaders, who are having an impact upon the world.
 
Believing that education is foundational to both a Biblical worldview and success in life, Westminster has always had a rigorous academic program. As a result students at Westminster have excelled in competitions with surrounding schools and have won innumerable times at the district and state literary rallies. Westminster has always placed above state averages on standardized tests. The list of students in the 30+ Club for the ACT fills several plaques, and the list at the end of it all for scholarships and TOPS reaches into the millions of dollars awarded. Graduates of Westminster have gone on to elite schools such as Wheaton, Rhodes, Harvard, Notre Dame, and Washington and Lee, but by far the larger portion choose local schools like LSU and UL.
 
Recognizing the blessing associated with being "doers or the Word", Westminster Christian Academy sponsors a missionary team that has gone to many Latin American countries, and even reaching as far south as Argentina. Their focus has been on service, spreading the Gospel, and experiencing the Gospel in their own lives. Their work is not just limited to overseas work either, since preparation for the larger trips involves ministering in soup kitchens and orphanages, as well as other acts of service.
 
Expanding from the main campus, a vision was cast for an elementary school located in Lafayette. The school board wisely chose Merida Brooks to bring this plan to completion, and the school thrived under her "umbrella of protection." That vision has reached its fruition and now Goshen lane leads to the land where Westminster Lafayette has their beautiful 10-acre campus that educates from the preschool to the sixth grade.
 
At the same time that the Lafayette campus was flourishing, the Opelousas campus continued to expand. Soon an art and music building and gymnasium were added, followed by the Junior High building and relocated Preschool. Its athletic facilities now boast exceptional baseball and softball fields, and after that a football stadium was added.
 
As Westminster grew so did it presence in the realm of athletics. Starting with a solid soccer program and a flag football team, for the boys, and an outstanding volleyball program for the girls, it eventually outgrew the local Christian school leagues, and expanded into the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. Westminster today has managed to reach the quarterfinals of the state tournament in football, soccer, volleyball, and softball, and the girl's basketball team has played in the finals. In the first year of competing the Cross Country team managed to win the district, and recently the football team won its first district championship, and the Crusader baseball team also notched a district championship in 2008. The track team has recently won both the district and region and most recently won our first highly prized state championship in girls track.  Our gymnasium walls are filled with state champions, and we have even retired Jalen William's uniform as our first athlete to be drafted professionally out of high school. Ready to cheer them on are the cheerleading squads who not only encourage our teams, but also compete and win at Nationals as well.
 
At the heart and soul of Westminster Christian Academy are its teachers. Westminster teachers all share a love for Christ and a desire to see children follow in His footsteps. Their Christian commitment inspires them to excellence in academics, and every other endeavor as they recognize the mandate to do whatever they do heartily as unto the Lord.
 
Westminster's technology program has grown as well, starting with a classroom of PC jr's, it has expanded to a multimedia showcase where students are immersed in creating web pages, slide-shows, pod casts, animations and movies. Classes include:  Computer Literacy, Web mastering, Digital Animation, Multimedia, Java Programming and Audio/Video production. Student work is displayed on a 42" LCD screen, and they have budgeted so that every 3 years the lab has new computers.  Each computer is loaded with Microsoft Office 2011, iLife, and the most recent Adobe software: Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Bridge, In Design, Acrobat, Flash and Illustrator and Premier Pro. Students in digital photography learn on school issued Cannon Powershot 8 mega pixel cameras. Westminster has a  1-1 program where students are issued iPads with all of the school's software loaded on it, so they can use their expanded capability to the maximum.  Internet access is filtered with a Barracuda web filter.  Students and Parents alike can view their progress through the SIS known as Powerschool.  Missed lectures can be viewed on teacher created podcasts, and recently Schoology has been added to enhance student learning.
 
Unique to Westminster is the wilderness adventure and outdoor education Ranger program. A four-year veteran Ranger could easily qualify as a true outdoorsman/woman, having demonstrated ability to backpack and camp along trails to America's highest peaks and its most rugged lands. A Ranger has canoed, kayaked and rafted some of this nation's roughest and most beautiful rivers, and even sailed in the Gulf of Mexico. A Ranger develops Christian character by seeking to find a way through adversity, rather than simply a way to avoid it.
 
The fine arts program has an outstanding drum line that supports our Crusader activities and we also maintain several other traditional clubs and associations common to most schools such National Honor Society and Student Council.
 
There is no doubt that God has blessed Westminster for over thirty years, and those who have shared the experience have been blessed as well. Come be a part of this journey that starts at Westminster and extends into eternity.  We believe, you belong!