What is CESA?

What is CESA?

We are proud to announce that Westminster Academy is now a full member of council with the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA). We cannot emphasize enough how this acceptance is truly a mark of distinction among Christian schools, with just over 40 schools in the nation and only three schools—including WA—in Florida. CESA was founded on the idea that academic rigor and programmatic excellence in all areas are inherent to discipleship, not contradictory. CESA not only affirms what we have done, but it represents a commitment to what we will do—pursue excellence for God’s glory.

Accreditation is important. It exemplifies a commitment to excellence and brings legitimacy and credibility to Christian education. Westminster Academy has been regionally accredited since 1977 and is currently accredited by Christian Schools of Florida (CSF), Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and The National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA). Westminster Academy’s Headmaster Emeritus, Dr. Ken Wackes, was integral in establishing CSF, first as a recognized accrediting association, and then as an instrument of school improvement. 

The Council on Educational Standards and Accountability (CESA) is beyond accreditation. It includes a select group of exemplary Chrisitan schools across the country. A couple of years ago, the board and administration concluded that our mission aligns best with the CESA standards of excellence.

Membership in CESA requires meeting rigorous standards in five standard certification categories:

  1. Mission Clarity
  2. Effective Governance
  3. Institutional Viability
  4. Academic and Programmatic Distinction
  5. Sense of Coherent Christian Community

Too often a commitment to discipleship and a commitment to academic excellence have stood in opposition to one another.” ~CESA


Since 1971, that has been the mission of Westminster Academy. We have used different language throughout the decades—“a fusion of faith and intellect,” “a biblical and scholarly perspective for college and beyond,” and simply “Christian scholarship.” Perhaps the phrase that best exemplifies this is from the school’s founder, Dr. D. James Kennedy, “Excellence in All Things and All Things to God’s Glory.”