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Letter from the Athletic Director

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Winston athletics! The Winston School values the important role athletics play in contributing to a college preparatory education while enhancing The Winston School’s mission to maximize the potential of bright students who learn differently®.

We believe athletics is a key component of student life as well as an extension of the classroom. Our goal is to have an outstanding athletics program known for student-athletes that display excellent sportsmanship while academically achieving and competing to the best of their abilities. Our athletic department is here to serve our student-athletes by building their confidence and maximizing their potential and developing skills of resilience, perseverance, confidence and commitment.

We welcome all students to participate in our interscholastic sports program, and we offer a range of opportunities to get involved in each division:

  • Lower School offers intramurals that focus on skill work and small sided modified games for skill building. Additionally, Lower school students may also have the opportunity to compete in the Junior IAA league in soccer, basketball and flag football. The focus is to provide students with necessary fundamental skills that can be built upon later while helping students to discover sports that they may become passionate about.


  • Middle School competes with similar sized middle schools in the area under the IAA league in cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf, track & field and flag football. The focus of Middle school athletics is skill development through team dynamics and competitive play. Each student-athlete will get an opportunity to experience practice and game situations. This is an opportunity for student-athletes to learn how to make a commitment and build their time management skills.


  • Upper School competes at the Varsity level under TAPPS in cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf and track & field. Bowling is also offered as a competitive club sport. Upper School student-athletes will have access to coaching and training resources to promote team success and optimize individual development and performance. Participation requires a high level of commitment and focused training to compete at this level.

The Athletic department strives to maintain an outstanding program, conducted in a manner that sets an example for good sportsmanship. We hope your student will take full advantage of this opportunity to get a top-notch education while participating in athletics. I encourage students to reach out to me with any questions about our athletics program and how to get involved.

Go Eagles!

Picture of Justin Saunders, The Winston School's Athletic Director.

Justin Saunders
Athletic Director