We hope this information will provide an additional insight into a child’s experience at Winston Prep. Please contact our Director of Admissions, Michele Heimbauer, via email or at (203) 229-0465 X 5600 for further information.
Q. How many students are in each class?
A. Winston classes typically have between eight and twelve students with one teacher. Students are grouped based upon learning profile following leadership and admissions team review of the information shared by families including neuropsychological reports, educational evaluations, parent responses to our questionnaires, etc. Meaningfully, our overall faculty to student ratio is 1:3.
Q. What is the ratio of boys to girls?
A. The ratio within the school is 60:40, boys to girls. Although it has become apparent that boys are historically more frequently diagnosed with learning differences than are girls, we have achieved a nearly equal ratio and work to maintain this balance every year.
Q. Do students have a homeroom?
A. The Focus instructor – representing our 1:1 daily program – acts as the student’s “home base.” At Winston, all students go directly to their first period classes at 8:15am. While they may or may not have Focus first period of the day, our Focus instructors see their students every day and are frequently in touch with parents and content area teachers to communicate goals, methodologies and progress, as well as to discuss any concerns that may arise. Focus instructors, supervised by the Focus Program Director, Stephanie Zabar, as well as other leadership members, receive frequent feedback, professional development and peer support to further coordinate their roles and responsibilities.
Q. Does Winston offer transportation?
A. Requests for transportation to or from school should be directed to the individual’s local school district. Winston does not provide transportation and all communication occurs between the family and school district regarding our school schedule, vacations and after school activities.
Q. What happens at lunchtime?
A. Winston provides supervised lunch periods for all students. Students are provided a full class period to eat with friends and within this period are offered recess time outside or within our gymnasium during inclement weather and winter months. For our younger students, structured activities such as lego building, bingo, and board games, are also provided in order to promote social and communication skills. Juniors and seniors who are in good academic standing and with permission from their parents and Head of School, are allowed to go out to lunch. Main Avenue is a 5-minute walk from campus where there are several lunch options.
Q. What is Winston’s homework policy?
A. Our overarching goal of creating independent, self-reflective learners is directly applied in Winston’s approach to homework. We view homework as a valuable way to reinforce skills presented in the classroom. For the most part, students will be asked to practice skills presented during class rather than learn new information on their own, with the exception of certain classes in the upper grades. We emphasize quality over quantity, and prefer a student’s successful completion, with carryover of learned skills, of a smaller amount of homework rather than a large amount executed poorly because the assignment was too challenging. Teachers design homework assignments to be completed without parental help, and we emphasize that mistakes are a part of learning that help us understand where a student needs additional support. We have found that this approach facilitates our students’ sense of accomplishment, as well as relieving our parents of homework duty.
Q. Does Winston give grades?
A. All students receive grades in all classes. Our grading system is based on three areas, Progress and Performance (e.g., skill development, tests, class work), Participation (e.g., preparedness, class participation), and Commitment (e.g., openness to instruction, effort, self-reflection). Each of these categories plays an important role in a Winston student’s experience and each contributes to the letter and number grade that a student receives at the end of each semester. Faculty review of the grading system is ongoing with students, providing a sense of understanding of expectations both within the academic setting as well as outside of the school environment (i.e., advocacy, time management, effort).
Q. What activities are available after school?
A. In keeping with our dynamic learning model we are constantly striving to develop new and interesting extracurricular options designed to meet the interests of each year’s student body. In response to community interests we have provided after-school activities such as soccer, touch football, basketball, bowling, fencing, crew and Helping Hands community service club as well as Jam Sessions, Movie Make-Up Magic, Building Club, Girls Gab, performing arts, and a drama production group, the Winston Prep Players. As a small school, we are supportive of responding to the interests of our community and plan to continue to develop after school sports and activities based upon our dialogue with families and students.
Q. What is the school day like?
A. Students arrive at 8:00 am and are ready to begin their first period class at 8:15 am. The school day ends at 2:45 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with Wednesday dismissal at 12:30 pm to allow for meetings and professional workshops. Students attend one period each of language skills, literature, mathematics, history, science and Focus, our one-to-one daily program. In addition, students have one period of physical education two to three times per week, alternating with an enrichment class. Enrichment classes are designed based upon each class groups’ learning profile, being mindful of the interests and strengths of the students. Film appreciation, sculpture, music appreciation, cartooning, art, yoga and commercial production are just some examples of enrichment classes that have been provided.
Q. Do I need to continue outside tutoring if my child comes to Winston?
A. While the decision to continue outside tutoring is an individual one, we find that many students at Winston no longer need outside tutoring/learning support because of the intense remediation they receive within the Focus program and throughout the school day. Our leadership and faculty welcome the opportunity to discuss your child’s needs both as a WPS student, as well as their receiving support outside of the school setting.
Q. Does Winston Prep use a particular decoding instructional program?
A. Winston Prep uses a variety of instructional methods to address students’ needs. Faculty development ensures that all teachers are familiar with various methods of remediation to be used with students including, but not limited to, the Wilson method, Preventing Academic Failure (PAF), and aspects of the Lindamood-Bell method.
Q. What types of students are not appropriate for WPS?
A. Winston Preparatory School accepts students with average to superior intellectual potential, with primary learning disabilities. Winston Preparatory School does not accept students with primary behavioral or emotional issues.
Q. What is the background of Winston Prep teachers?
A. Winston Prep teachers come from a variety of educational backgrounds. Many WPS teachers are professionals in the field of Learning Disabilities with degrees or careers as Speech and Language Pathologists, Reading Specialists, or Special Education Teachers. Faculty workshops provide development of instruction for, and understanding of, students who ‘learn differently’.
Q. How do I finance a Winston Prep Education?
A. For all questions regarding tuition, funding, and financial aid, please contact Liz Ramirez at (646) 638-2705 X 617, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. How do Winston students do in college?
A. A good indication of a Winston student’s performance in college comes from their success within the Norwalk Community College High School Partnership program and the WPS Landmark College Collaboration. Juniors and seniors in good standing have the opportunity to take college level classes at NCC’s local campus or online through Landmark College. These programs allow students to experience the workload and demands of college first hand. We are proud to say that most students have completed these programs with a grade average of “B” or above.
Q. How does Winston facilitate the college application process?
A. The process begins in the junior year where a meeting is scheduled for the family to meet with Ms. Stephanie Turnier, College/Transition Coordinator, to develop their post-Winston college or transitional plan. Ms. Turnier and families may also work with a private college consultant in order to receive further guidance. We encourage families to visit colleges/programs during the summer preceding their senior year, to provide a better understanding of the colleges of interest. Focus instructors share in the preparation of the college application plan and are in constant communication with Ms. Turnier and families to help ensure a smooth application process and transition to post-secondary options.
Q. What colleges do Winston Prep graduates attend?
A. Most Winston students choose to continue their education after Winston in college, while some attend technical training programs or internship programs. The list on the following page of academic institutions represents the range of college that Winston students have been accepted to over the past years.
We hope this information has provided an additional insight into a child’s experience at Winston Prep. Please contact our Director of Admissions, Michele Heimbauer, at email@example.com or at (203) 229-0465 X 5600 for further information.
The following is a list of colleges and programs to which Winston CT students have been accepted….
American International College
Bay State College
California Institute of the Arts
Carnegie Mellon University
Coastal Carolina University
Culinary Arts Institute
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Johnson & Wales
Long Island University – CW Post Campus
Maine Maritime Academy
Marymount Manhattan College
Mount Ida College
New England College
Norwalk Community College
Pacific Northwest College of Art
Parsons School of Design
Ringling College of Art and Design
Rochester Institute of Technology
Roger Williams University
Sacred Heart University
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of Visual Arts
St. Thomas Aquinas
State University of New York @ Purchase
Thames Academy @ Mitchell College
University of Arizona
University of Bridgeport
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Dubuque
University of Hartford
University of Massachusetts at Amherst
University of New Haven
University of Rhode Island
University of Vermont
Vermont Technical College
Western Connecticut State University
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Alternative Post-Secondary Options
The Academy @ Watkinson School
Chapel Haven – New Haven, CT
College Internship Program (CIP)
Dynamy – Worcester, MA
Gateway Community College – Step Forward Program
Giant Step – Hauppauge, NY
Lesley University – Threshold Program
Maplebrook School – Institute for Collegiate and Career Studies
New York Institute of Technology – Vocational Independence Program
RISE Program @ Sacred Heart University
Vista Vocational & Life Skills Center
Western Connection Program – Western Connecticut University