College Placement and Transition
Beginning junior year, the College Placement Coordinator works with each student’s Dean, Focus instructor, and the family to identify the types of options that may be appropriate as the next step for the student and to facilitate any other specific parts of the investigation and application process. When WPS students are transitioning to a post secondary setting, a tightly defined and team based approach to identifying and pursuing options is engaged. The process includes two meetings with the families and ongoing investigation by Winston’s Transition Team comprised of the High School Dean, the student’s Focus instructor, and the College Placement/Transition Coordinator, who works with Winston families and the Winston Team in the highly individualized and attentive manner. To date, WPSCT graduates have been accepted to institutions including Adelphi University, Carnegie Mellon University, Curry College, Drexel Univeristy, Guilford College, Hartwick College, Iona College, Manhattanville College, Mitchell College, New England College, Northeastern University, Olin College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Thames Academy, University of Hartford and Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
There are numerous opportunities for academic support that our graduates are utilizing at the college level, including extended time on exams, one-on-one tutoring, assistance with writing papers, and help planning out long-term projects. In some instances we have also been able to connect a current WPS student with members of our alumni community to share information about a school or program they might be considering. As a general rule, WPS students are encouraged to take advantage of all support services that are available at their school or program of choice at least for their first year.
The College Placement & Transition Office has also developed and now provides instructional seminars to senior students that address topics aimed to educate our seniors about changes that are commonly faced by students as they make the transition to college or other post-graduate programs. Topics that have been covered in these Senior Seminars have included Understanding a Syllabus, Creating a Schedule that Works for You, and Identifying Resources on Your Campus. The goal of this seminar program is to directly teach our students some things that most college students are expected to figure out independently once they arrive on a campus.