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The Winchendon School

Private | 9-12 | 250 students

 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $124,800. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $810.

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Posted April 21, 2014

With so many things these days unknown and unexpected it has been nothing short of amazing that a school can be so innovative, student focused and family oriented. Our daughter has been at winch for four year and has developed and honed all the skills that she will need to excel in college. The weekly report cards are a great tool for parents to stay a tune to their child's academics. Wether it's a school function, sports events, or just a stroll around campus ever faculty member is approachable and always willing to chat. All events on campus are packed with teachers and facility. The school offers many ways for parents to either get involved or sit back and watch the action. Would highly recommend this school to any child looking for small class size, one on one attention, and a nurturing environment. Our daughter will call Winch home for the rest of her life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2012

With its small class size and innovative uses of technology and integrated curriculum--they have really moved to the forefront of cutting edge education. Students are challenged at their level and gently pushed to reach their maximum potential; a hidden gem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2012

My son is in his second year at this school. One of the best parenting decisions we ever made!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2012

My daughter is a sophmore. She loves the "Winch". The teachers, administration and staff have become like family to her. The small class size can't be beat. She has developed into a very disciplined student due to the individual attention she receives. Detailed weekly reports from her teachers help keep us updated. She is a three sport athlete. Her coaches have been so wonderful. Her hockey team had an incredible season. The parents are very supportive and try to attend as many games as possible. They have also encouraged her to try new things to develop her confidence and leadership abilities. She was a Jr. Proctor this year, captain of the soccer team and is presently preparing to go to Haiti on a humanitarian trip with some of her teachers and friends. Academically, athletically and socially.... Winchendon has been a positive experience all around for our daugher. GO WAPITI!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2012

My daughter is in her sophomore year at Winchendon, and her experience has been outstanding. Having come from a public school background from a distant western state, I was a little concerned with the possibility of culture shock. The transition to a New England prep environment has been a very pleasant one for us. She is getting the academic challenge that she needs, progressing smoothly and rapidly. The staff and student body has become like extended family to her, and the social and cultural aspects of boarding school have proven rewarding. We are both very happy with the choice, and she will complete her high school education at Winchendon
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2012

Winchendon has been a good fit for my son,he has enjoyed playing (3) sports and getting to know the different coaches, and making friends. He has also started to develop a more meaningful and deeper relationship with his teachers,this has helped with a better grasp and understanding of the academic material.The school has helped in making my son a more independent individual,this has been a positive. I am grateful for the experience and for all that Winchendon is doing for him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2012

Winchendon provided me with the tools that I needed to become a better person and a better student. The provide not only academic support, but personal support as well. The small atmosphere makes the school very personable. Even if you are not in a certain teachers class, they will go out of their way to get to know you. Winchendon also promotes athleticism, music, and arts. Whether you like to play hockey, paint, or help out in the community, there is a "after school" activity for you. The academics of the school is what made me very pleased. The quality of the education that is provided is absolutely phenomenal. At first, I was intimidated by the small classes, but the size is very comforting. Your teachers will have a very close bond with you; the teachers want to see your success in and out of the classroom. Attending Winchendon was the best opportunity, and if you have the opportunity to attend as well, do not let it go!
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Posted September 29, 2011

A truly great school. Individual attention, caring, loving faculty. My son has excelled and learned a lot, through small seminar type of classes. and great individual attention, and they really get the best out of students. The facilities are nice, and improving year by year. The sports engagement is fantastic. Thank you winchendon
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

This is one of those schools that changes lives. I can't imagine a more caring, dedicated group of professionals responsive to the kids and parents alike. I'm including the headmaster, the admissions director, the teachers, and the administrative staff. In the year that my godson has attended, his SAT scores have improved in all areas, most notably 130 points in critical reading. Not only has he become a better student, but he has also become a better person. As far as school is concerned, The Winchendon School is the best thing that has ever happened to my godson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2010

We weren't sure what to expect, especially after reading the previous reviews, but we have been blown away by the caring teachers, administration, and staff. The Head of School is still fairly new and is making HUGE strides in advancing this school.
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Posted July 25, 2010

My daughter currently attends the Winchendon School and she has had a very positive experience. Although she is young, she is involved in all aspects of school life. One great thing about WInchendon is that the academic program is very flexible and individualized--if a student can work harder and progress more quickly, it is allowed. WInchendon has been a great for us!
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Posted February 25, 2010

We didn t think our child had the grades to get into a private school. We were excited to hear there was a possibility he could attend the Winchendon School. So, we visited campus and were really excited when they told us they would accept him right away. In hindsight, I should have seen the red flags and asked why they had any openings during the school year. It turns out they had several openings because students had been kicked out during the semester. He attended for about a year before he ended up getting kicked out too. He told us about a dozen students who got kicked out while he was a student there. They make you pay the full tuition (over $40,000) at the beginning of school year and you don't get anything back if your child gets kicked out. He learned a valuable lesson (So did we).
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Posted January 12, 2010

We were initially attracted to the Winchendon School for the small classes, the large international student population and the beautiful Winchendon School campus. Our child was a student at the Winchendon School for one year. In hindsight, I wouldn't recommend it for females, since the Winchendon School is predominantly male with a large population of post-graduate students. The large international population at the Winchendon School has both positive and negative benefits. On the one hand, your child gets exposed to multiple cultures, which is great. On the other hand, the international students tend to stick together and a child can feel isolated (especially if they are shy), though they do try to help the students interact by having many North American students room with students who are learning to speak English.
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Posted October 23, 2008

My son has really shown a difference in his study habits and hit overall attitude is wonderful just to know that he has taken so much more responsibility about his life. Winchendon School is a great program to have your child attend. Where the school is located is great. Knowing that there are no distractions and just key to focus on you and your work habits. Thank you Winchendon for having my son and helping him come along.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian 53% 5%
White 37% 69%
Black 8% 8%
Hispanic 2% 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

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College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Cantonese)
Chinese (Mandarin)
French
Spanish
Vietnamese
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Clubs
  • Forensics club
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School basics

School Leader's name
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • ABS
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (978) 297-0352

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Nurse(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Cantonese)
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Vietnamese
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Equestrian
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Community service
  • Forensics club
  • Student council/government
  • Yearbook
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Bullying policy
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Parent involvement
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  • Chaperone school trips
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer time after school
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  • The Winchendon School invites families to attend an Open House on either October 8 or November 16, 2012, to learn more about its outstanding programs for students in Grades 9 through Post Graduate. You will have an opportunity to tour the beautiful campus, have lunch with teachers and students, and play a round of golf on the school-owned Donald Ross 18-hole golf course. Please contact the Admissions Office to make a reservation at (978) 297-4476 or admissions@winchendon.org
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172 Ash St
Winchendon, MA 01475
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Phone: (978) 297-4476

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