Winston Preparatory School's

Individual Education Plan Process

At the heart of the Winston Prep learning methodology is understanding each and every student’s individual learning needs and profile—often for the first time in their lives. 

Typically, individual learning plans for special needs students are limited. They focus on short term goals and don’t account for social and emotional needs. We do things differently. 

At Winston Prep, we connect research with practice, and understand how to identify individual learning and development strengths and needs. Through our Continuous Feedback System, our expert faculty will continually assess how your child is responding to their skill development plan. They will constantly adjust and refine their teaching approach based on that.

At Winston Prep, Science Meets Practice.

List of 3 items.

  • Where Do We Begin?

    Before your child spends their first day at Winston Prep, we spend weeks designing an academic program for their specific needs. Our individualized educational process begins with the review of each student’s standardized testing, informal testing, and social-emotional development. We also look at anecdotal information provided by parents, teachers, and the students themselves.
  • Grouping by Learning Profile

    Winston Prep then groups students based on their learning profile. This allows our expert educators to develop a curriculum that meets the needs of each student in a small group setting. No teacher must “teach to the mean,” ensuring every learner gets the support they need to succeed. As a result, students feel they are exactly where they belong.
  • Individualized Learning Plan

    The design of an individualized program that encourages skill acquisition and independence is one of the most challenging tasks for an educator. To do so successfully, one must fully assess, understand, and evaluate the responses of each student as an individual learner. We commit to doing this work for every single Winston Prep Student. The results speak for themselves. 


The supremely skilled faculty at Winston Prep were able to help our son through those rough spots. He is 16 and we’re beginning to discuss which colleges might be a good fit whereas when he was 9, we merely hoped he would make it through the school day. The groundwork for that transformation was laid over by the faculty and Focus teachers at the Winston Prep. For that, we are eternally grateful.

The Results?

Over the last decade, our specialized academic process resulted in a 99.7% high school graduation rate. 

80% of those graduates were college-bound. The remaining 20% of Winston graduates enroll in transitional, vocational, or other post-secondary programs.

More importantly, those students developed the skills necessary to lead independent, satisfying lives.
Winston Preparatory School is a leading school for students with learning disabilities, including dyslexia, executive functioning difficulties (ADHD), and non-verbal learning disorders (NVLD).

WPS does not discriminate against applicants and students on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin. The Winston Preparatory School provides programs and services and equal opportunity in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, financial aid programs, employment, and the selection of its governing board without regard to gender, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability status, or any status recognized by federal, state and local civil rights and non-discrimination laws.