When Whitefield Academy opened its doors in the fall of 1995, 60 students were enrolled. The school initially leased space from Westbrooke Church, where several of the families involved were members. The next year, due to a growing enrollment, Whitefield Academy moved to Emmanuel Baptist Church. And in the third year, the academy divided its classes between the two churches to have sufficient space. In 2004, Whitefield Academy purchased its current building, a former church, located at 8929 Holmes in Kansas City, MO. Located on a seven-acre site, the new building offers sufficient classroom space as well as an auditorium and chapel. More than 200 students are currently enrolled in the school.
Our Classical Focus
Used to develop students for more than 2,000 years, the Classical method involves rigorous focus on grammar, logic and rhetoric. In addition to traditional academic subjects, athletics and fine arts are key components of a Classical education. The classically trained mind is able to process facts and make inferences with limited information in order to make well-reasoned decisions and fully develop well-considered ideas. Knowing is not enough, however. Students are simultaneously trained how to articulate, orally and in writing, the logic underpinning the decision or idea. The Classical objective is to teach students how to think, not what to think.
There has never been a time of greater need for classical Christian education – the kind of rigorous education that has produced the greatest thinkers and leaders in Western history, including America’s founding fathers. Whitefield strives to prepare students for a life of learning and service to the glory of God utilizing four key areas. Using academic, religious, moral and physical instruction we shape the future leaders that our churches, communities and nation desperately need. It’s the model that makes Whitefield Academy unique in our community and so successful as a school.
Whitefield is committed to the development of the whole person – not just their faith; not just their intellect. We build a dynamic environment for students to be presented with some of the most significant ideas found in the world around us, literature and Scripture, to explore those ideas and examine them on their merits. We develop the intellectual and spiritual tools students will need to make good decisions in their lives. We provide growth opportunities that include success and failure, since trial and error are a key part of personal growth and development. We produce students who gain the ability to influence others through the weight of their character, the force of their logic and the ability to communicate ideas thoughtfully.
We are dedicated to graduate every one of our students as a Critical Thinker, Clear Communicator, and Compassionate Leader, what we call “The Essential C’s.”
In this endeavor, we’re succeeding. Whitefield seniors averaged in the 90th percentile in the ACT and SAT standardized tests and qualified 100% of our students in the essay portion of the exam. This placed them higher than students in all of the public schools in Johnson County and Kansas City. Whitefield has also received the honor of being selected as one of the top ten private schools in the Kansas City metropolitan area by Kansas City Magazine. Our students’ academic success is impressive: one-half of our graduates attend or have attended college on academic scholarships.
Six graduates have been recognized as National Merit Finalists, Semi-Finalists or Commended Scholars.
Average students, regardless of grade level or subject matter, routinely score in the top 10-15% nationally on standardized tests, including the ACT and SAT.
We are blessed with a diverse student body, united in our faith and commitment to classical education. Families at Whitefield come from a variety of Christian backgrounds, and live throughout the Kansas City metro area. Whitefield serves as an extension of the family and a positive reinforcing influence in our students’ lives by partnering with parents in the classroom and at events throughout the year.