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Our Process

The Winston School is uniquely qualified to provide the best education for learning different students in the Metroplex. Winston students benefit from a thoughtful curriculum administered by knowledgeable and caring faculty, learning specialists, and a school guidance director all who collaborate across disciplines and divisions to shape each child's academic experience. 

  1. Demystification  - Explain to each student who they are as a learner, and how they will benefit from the unique education environment that The Winston School can provide.

  2. Articulation  - Teach students how to articulate who they are as a learner. This helps them partner with the teacher in the classroom.

  3. Self-Advocacy  - Empower students to ask for what they need to be successful.

  4. Independent Learner - Give students the tools and the resources to fully take responsibility for their learning and to take initiative and make decisions without constant assistance.

  5. Passion Development  - Help the students discover at least one passion, if not more, before they graduate from The Winston School


We address each student’s learning profile – building confidence to allow students to soar in areas of strength while remediating areas of need. Strong artsathletics, and extracurricular activities emphasize student passions and talents. Coupled with support in executive functioning skills, social-emotional learning, school counseling, and college guidance, our well-rounded program is dedicated to preparing every child for college and for life.

    The Winston School academic approach is also defined by:

    • Evidence-based practices
    • Individualized learning profiles
    • Small classes
    • Assistive technology
    • Adaptive furniture
    • Multi-sensory tools

    Lower School (Kindergarten-6th) 

    Lower School provides self-contained instruction focusing on core reading, math, and writing skills. Multi-sensory reading and math labs plus executive functioning and social emotional lessons encourage students to develop as strategic learners.

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    Middle School (7th-8th Grade)

    Middle School instruction continues developing skills in language arts, science, and mathematics but with a focus on project based learning (PBL). PBL encourages students to learn through projects rather than deliver a culminating project, and it involves students' voice and inquiry, peer and self assessment, and student ownership of the process. This translates to a more meaningful and authentic academic experience for our learners. Additionally, lessons in critical thinking and social emotional learning and executive functioning help Middle School students prepare for more rigorous work and expectations in Upper School.

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    Upper School (9th-12th Grade)

    Upper School challenges students to develop mastery of the core studies in literature, writing, science, mathematics, and social studies. Upper School students strengthen their independent learning and self-advocacy skills in preparation for college and beyond. A college road map is designed for each student to help guide their course selections from year to year. The academic curriculum is supplemented by various electives and specialized programs to further enhance creativity, team-building, problem solving, and innovation.

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    Who We Serve

    The types of learning differences found in our community include children with average to above average cognitive ability who are diagnosed with dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ADHD, executive functioning and/or processing speed deficits, or mild Autism spectrum disorder. 

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