From Our Head of School Greg Koehlert
Winston Prep School was founded in New York City over 35 years ago, growing to reach students throughout the tristate area and beyond. The Winston Prep's New Jersey campus opened in 2014, and has become a home to a smart and creative community of students who have struggled in traditional school settings. Our campus currently serves students from the many school districts of New Jersey, as well as students from the boroughs of New York City, Westchester County, and other independent schools.
Winston Prep students have been diagnosed with language processing disorders, nonverbal learning disabilities, ADHD, and may struggle with organizational, executive functioning, social pragmatic, expressive language or reading comprehension difficulties. They are brought together by their struggle developing the skills that lead to independence, and are supported by a talented and diverse faculty that is dedicated to helping them in the journey to become life-long, independent learners.
Our unique model of education for the individual provides intense skills remediation, while encouraging students to build independence, resilience, responsibility, self-awareness, and self-advocacy through our highly effective model of education for the individual. This includes small group classes and daily one on one work with a Focus teacher who specializes in each student’s profile of strengths and challenges. A fundamental premise of our work is to help students “learn how to learn.” By using a continuous feedback system and diagnostic assessments, Winston faculty can focus instruction on an individualized and authentic educational experience designed to produce self-advocating lifelong learners.
In addition to our highly individualized education program, Winston Prep is a vibrant place that offers our students many ways to learn about themselves on their journey. They develop an awareness of themselves through all-school community service activities, build confidence while rehearsing for a theatre production, develop teamwork and leadership skills playing on our athletic teams, grow their social skills in our many after school clubs, and practice self-expression through painting, sculpture, and drawing.
I encourage you to take a moment to watch these films that capture the voices and lives of those living the gratifying educational experience at each Winston Preparatory School campus.