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Fine Arts Academy

Students will normally enter the Winston Arts Academy program during their ninth- or tenth-grade year, to allow the student the maximum opportunity to complete the required coursework and development of artistic interests. Eleventh- and twelfth-grade students with previous art coursework, demonstrated interest, and recommendations may petition to enter the program. Students must demonstrate (1) a high level of personal desire and commitment to enter the program and (2) the ability to realistically complete the required coursework prior to graduation to be accepted.
 
Ninth- and Tenth-Grade Students
  • One semester of any general Upper School arts course (2D, 3D, Photography) with a grade of 85 or higher
  • Demonstrated desire to enter the program
  • Recommendation by teacher(s) to enter Arts Academy Selection Course
  • One semester (0.5 credits) usually offered spring semester
  • Photography – Six weeks with a focus on techniques for digitally recording completed artwork for portfolio purposes
  • 3D Art – six weeks
  • 2D Art – six weeks
  • Completion of graded portfolio
  • Recommendation to enter program by faculty
Admission for Transfer Students (Provisional)
  • Demonstrated desire to enter the program
  • Completed portfolio for review by Arts Academy faculty
  • Recommendation(s) from previous school’s arts faculty
  • Provisional acceptance first semester pending faculty review at end of semester

Program Continuation

A student attempting to earn the Arts Academy Recognition must maintain an 85 or higher average in all required courses, with a consistent and demonstrated desire to remain in the program. A student whose academy semester grade average falls below 85 will be placed on probation for the following semester.

If the academy grade average falls below 85 for two semesters, the student will typically be suspended from the program. Extraordinary circumstances will be taken into consideration.

Course Work
 
Students must complete the following to earn the coveted Arts Academy Recognition upon their diploma/transcript:
  • Acceptance into the program
  • Eight or more arts credits (including Art History/Art Appreciation) with an 85 or above average
  • Graded final portfolio of finished work in an area of concentration demonstrating depth and breadth of individual artistic challenge and style
  • Senior Show
The following courses are offered for students seeking the Arts Academy Recognition:
  • 2D Art (drawing/painting)
  • 3D Art (ceramics/wood turning/metal sculpture)
  • Photography
  • Art History/Art Appreciation Individual Art Studies (maximum of two semesters – one for graduation portfolio development and one for Senior Art Show preparation)
  • Dual-credit arts options offered by local colleges

Scheduling

Arts Academy students will receive priority of scheduling for desired/necessary courses to successfully complete the program’s requirements. Students also will be “block” scheduled to allow effortless lateral movement among the various arts programs’ disciplines or “double-blocked” to (1) be able to work toward greater task completion as determined by the faculty and (2) allow faculty/academy students to take advantage of “mini-trips” to visit galleries, attend shows, etc.

Performing Arts Academy

The Winston Performing Arts Academy is a unique, performance-based program designed to challenge its members to expand their musical and theatre arts interests by pursuing a rigorous curriculum of special music and drama classes. Performance opportunities and educational travel created just for Academy students go above and beyond the ordinary course of study. Academy classes are smaller, with a more challenging curriculum. This exciting curriculum includes Concert and Jazz Band, Theatre, small wind ensembles, chorus, piano and guitar instruction, musical theory, music composition, and student teaching.

Benefits:
  •      Experiment with new and exciting forms of musical and theatrical arts
  •      Extended music classes for in-depth study
  •      Special recital and performance opportunities
  •      Educational field trips coinciding with class projects
Opportunity to win awards such as:
  •      The John Philip Sousa and Patrick Gilmore Band
  •      The National School Marching Award
  •      Quincy Jones Musicianship Award
  •      Louis Armstrong Jazz Award
  •      Woody Herman Jazz Award
  •      National School Choral Award
  •      and the Fred Waring Award for Chorus

Create a multi-year CD or DVD of finished dramatic, solo, and ensemble performances to support college applications

Recognition at graduation and special distinction on diploma

Admission:

Admission to the Performing Arts Academy takes place each fall. The Academy is open to all Middle and Upper School students in good standing. We recommend applicants be in the seventh or eighth grade in order to allow for the maximum opportunity to develop artistic interests.

Each applicant must:
  •      Complete two semesters of performing arts courses
  •      Submit the Academy Application Form
  •      Interview with Winston Performing Arts teachers
  •      Submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher
Requirements:
  •      In good academic standing
  •      Demonstrate a high level of personal desire and commitment
  •      Academy members must take at least two performing arts courses each year (two credits) beginning the first year of entry into the Academy

See Performing Arts Criteria for admission

During spring semester, Academy members will perform in an ensemble/play and one solo recital

Service Learning Academy

The Winston Service Learning Academy is a unique leadership development program designed to prepare its members to become the community leaders of tomorrow. The goal of the Academy is to create civic- and service-minded high school students by developing leadership skills, inspiring purpose, and empowering members to make a difference.

The Winston Service Learning Academy cultivates opportunities to engage with the community as informed and active citizens with strong social consciences and to perform a variety of important services to meet the needs of the community. Through this work, you will discover your own place in the world, the ability to act upon it, and the capacity to make a difference.

Benefits:
  • Develop leadership, public speaking, and fundraising skills
  • Work together as a team to help others
  • Build strong and long-lasting relationships
  • Earn exposure to critical issues facing the community
  • An opportunity to meet and learn from community leaders
  • Recognition at graduation and special distinction on diploma
Admission:
Admission to the Service Learning Academy takes place each fall. The Academy is open to all Upper School students in good standing.

Each applicant must:

  • Submit the Academy Application Form
  • Interview with Winston Head of School and Division Head
  • Submit one letter of recommendation from a teacher
Requirements:
  • Attend after-school Academy meetings, a minimum of two meetings a month
  • Participate in all planned Academy group activities during school hours and on selected weekends
  • Annually, members must complete 50 hours of community service, in addition to the 30 volunteer hours required by the School
  • In good academic and comportment standing
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be a role model for the School

During spring semester, Academy members will create a presentation demonstrating their service activities.

Each May, Academy members will give their presentation to a panel consisting of Winston teachers and administrators

Solar Science Academy

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The Winston Solar Science Academy is an elite program for Winston students interested in an in-depth, hands-on understanding of science, engineering, and alternative energy. Solar Science participants experience building, maintaining, and driving a solar car, participate in solar car races on a closed track and on the open road in a cross-country race, and learn business skills, and team building.

Benefits:

Working together as a team to create, build, and drive a solar race car

Establish strong and long-lasting relationships
The opportunity to learn about alternative energy, engineering, and solar car racing
Learn public speaking, leadership, and fundraising skills
Building additional skills in electrical, welding, math, and engineering
Recognition at graduation and special distinction on diploma

Admission:

Admission to the Solar Science Academy takes place each fall. The Academy is open to students in the eighth grade and above who are in good standing. We recommend applicants be in the eighth, ninth, and tenth grades in order to have a meaningful role within the solar car team. Juniors and seniors may apply, and admission will be considered based on individual circumstances

Each applicant must:

Fill out and submit the Academy Application Form
Interview with Solar Team Leader and Faculty Advisor
Submit one letter of recommendation by a teacher

Requirements:

Attend after-school and weekend Academy meetings, as scheduled
This Academy requires a great many mandatory after-school and weekend hours
Participate in all volunteer activities, such as Winston Science
Each summer, participate in preparation and practice for solar race
Participate in all solar races the team enters during the year and in the summer
During spring semester, solar team members will create a joint presentation demonstrating their team activities and achievements.
Each May, solar team members will give their presentation to a panel consisting of Winston teachers and administrators.

Membership Levels:

Junior Members

All new members to the team are junior members
Junior members travel with the team based on Team Leader and Faculty Advisor approval
Junior members become senior members based on Team Leader and Faculty Advisor approval

Senior Members

Must have a valid driver’s license
Are allowed to drive the solar car
Will travel with the team to all races and activities

World Cultures Academy

The Winston Social Studies Academy has been developed for Winston students interested in a challenging program designed to increase their understanding of history, geography, economics, and government. Members will participate in research, develop reports, attend seminars, listen to experts, intern at museums, and learn research skills and team building.

 Benefits:
  • Working together as a team to research and present historical information.
  • Establish strong and long-lasting relationships .
  • Learn about historical research and reporting.
  • Develop historical research skills.
  • Participate in historical field trips.
  • Intern at local museums.
  • Attend special lectures.
  • Special recognition at graduation and special distinction on diploma.

 Admission:

Admission to the Winston Social Studies Academy takes place each fall. The Academy is open to students in the 7th grade and above who are in good standing.

Each applicant must:
  • Fill out and submit the Academy Application Form
  • Interview with the Faculty Advisor
  • Submit one letter of recommendation by a teacher.
 Requirements:
  • Attend after school and weekend Academy meetings, as scheduled.
  • Attend Field Trips.
  • Prepare end of year presentation.
  • One Research Paper. 
  • Intern / Volunteer hours [MS—15 hrs] [HS-30 hrs] (these hours are not to be used towards upper school community service requirement

For more information about The Winston School World Cultures Academy, see your advisor, or Division Head.

Eagle Ambassadors

Student Ambassadors are the faces of The Winston School student. Ambassadors are selected from grades 7th through 12th to assist in the recruitment of future students and to represent The Winston School at various activities in the school and in the community.  Eagle Ambassadors play an important role in many functions of the school. They assist with Back to School Night, Winston Science, Open House, and often serve as hosts for prospective students who are visiting classes. Ambassadors are asked to serve as role models for other students and should model behaviors that Winston faculty consider appropriate and effective in an academic environment. As the faces of The Winston School, Ambassadors agree to fulfill the school mission and embody the Core Values of: Celebrating Differences, Courage, Character, and Creativity.

Eagle Ambassador Application

All students will be reviewed by a Selection Committee to ensure the requirements below are met.

  • Be in good academic and disciplinary status
  • Be responsible for any missed class work
  • Passionate about Winston, its mission and values

Students selected to serve, as a Student Ambassador will be required to attend meetings, serve on committees and participate in necessary campus functions.

National Honor Society and National Junior Honor Society

Scholarship: Students who have a cumulative grade point average of 85 percent, B, 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or equivalent standard of excellence, or a higher cumulative average set by the local school's Faculty Council, meet the scholarship requirement for membership. These students are then eligible for consideration on the basis of service, leadership, and character and citizenship for the National Honor Society (NHS).

Service: This quality is defined through the voluntary contributions made by a student to the school or community, done without compensation and with a positive, courteous, and enthusiastic spirit.

Leadership: Student leaders are those who are resourceful, good problem solvers, promoters of school activities, idea-contributors, dependable, and persons who exemplify positive attitudes about life. Leadership experiences can be drawn from school or community activities while working with or for others.

Character: The student of good character upholds principles of morality and ethics; is cooperative; demonstrates high standards of honesty and reliability; shows courtesy, concern, and respect for others; and generally maintains a good and clean lifestyle.

Citizenship: The student who demonstrates citizenship understands the importance of civic involvement, has a high regard for freedom, justice, and democracy, and demonstrates mature participation and responsibility through involvement with such activities as scouting, community organizations, and school clubs.

Any student in grades 10 through 12 in a school with both an official charter of the National Honor Society and an affiliation with the national office is eligible for consideration for membership in NHS. For National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), any student grades 7 through 9 in a school with both an official charter of the National Junior Honor Society and an up-to-date affiliation with the NJHS national office is eligible for consideration for membership.

Winston students will need to submit a resume and a minimum of one letter of recommendation and express their intention to be considered for membership.

Beta Club

The Beta Club is an organization designed to honor students who display these characteristics:

Achievement - Recognizing and honoring high academic achievement
Character - Preparing young people for life and empowering them to be successful
Leadership - Developing the leaders of tomorrow
Service - Demonstrating our motto: Let Us Lead by Serving Others

Student Government

Upper School Student Government

 
Upper School Student Government is open to anyone who wants to join. To be an officer, students must be elected. Each grade (9th-12th) also has two representatives. Elections are held in early Fall. Student Government plans events on campus: including dances, fundraisers, pep rallies, costume contests at Halloween, other holiday-themed activities and tailgates for a variety of sporting events. Student Government also participates in community service projects.
 
Winston is offering a 21st Century Leadership class to supplement Student Government, where students will learn about leadership with a focus on community service. Students will create and produce one project that demonstrates their leadership skills and enhances the Winston community. 21st Century Leadership counts as an academic elective.
 
Sponsors
Mrs. Faubel, Mr. Cornell, and Mrs. LaVecchia

 

Middle School Student Government

The Winston School Middle School Student Government is a program offered to elected 7th and 8th grade students each year.
 
The student government members prepare speeches and other promotional materials to present to their ‘constituents’ at the beginning of each school year in preparation for a Middle School Student body election. Students are mentored by a member of the Winston School teaching staff and perform after school activities that benefit their student body, the school and the community throughout the year.
 
The students meet weekly to discuss current or future fund-raising opportunities and work with the Upper School Student Government when opportunities arise. They are taught from the beginning how important their role is to the school and the surrounding communities. Nonprofits are chosen to work with during the first few meetings; along with fun student sponsored activities. They use “Roberts Rules of Order” in conducting their meetings. The President’s position is reserved for 8th graders only. The remaining positions are as follows: 8th Grade Representative, 7th Grade Representative, Vice President (can be 8th or 7th grade), Secretary, Treasurer, Photographer/Videographer, Sergeant at Arms.
 
Sponsor:
Mr. Blythe
Summer Hours