Windward is an excellent school and fully addresses the individual learning needs of all its students. I hope that more schools will learn from Windward's example
Our son started at Windward in second grade after it became clear that he was dyslexic. He is now in the third grade. He has made great progress as a reader. His ability to write remains a work-in-progress. From a self-esteem perspective, moving him to a school where he was surrounded by other bright, motivated children who happen to have a language-based issue was very healthy. Had he remained at his old school, a very rigorous and traditional New York City private school, he would have been damaged psychologically. In first grade, he was already noticing that he was falling behind his peers and that his reading was not as strong as others. He started to believe that he was "stupid."
What is a bit tough on our son is that he lacks a social life. Since Windward's student body is composed of children from throughout the Tristate Area, play dates are tough. Also, since the school doubles-down on core skills (reading/math/writing), some of the subjects a child might experience in a mainstream school (music, art, science, history) play a smaller part of the curriculum.
Windward is absolutely the best place for kids with language-based reading differences. I wish all kids who need this type of education could go to a school such as Windward. The talent, skill and dedication of the administration, the teachers and the staff are excellent. Children learn to read and also learn how to be good students at Windward.
Windward School truly is an amazing school. Having a language based learning disability, it taught me not only self confidence but to be able to learn in a different way. I was lucky to bethere when there was a high school. All the teachers were truly special individuals and some are still there. I would not be so successful in my life if it weren't for Windward and for that I truly am grateful.
Windward is an exemplary school, providing children with language based learning disabilities the skills and support they need to succeed. The teachers are not only highly professional; they are also kind and nurturing. As a parent, I feel so lucky that my son with dyslexia is benefitting from an education tailored to him. Windward is amazing.
Windward has made a wonderful, transformational change in my child's life. Can't say enough about Dr. Russell, the teachers, and the entire staff. I wish every child with dyslexia could go to Windward.
I have visited this school to observe children from my district. The quality of the instructional program is outstanding and the teachers are trained intensely so every class benefits from high quality interesting lessons. It really is an amazing school!
Windward is an amazing place. I only wish that it went through 12th grade. The headmaster John J. Russell is a fantastic leader. He is charismatic, truly believes in the "magic" of the school's teaching methodology, and is warm and welcoming to the entire school community (parents and children included.) The teachers are phenomenal: patient, hardworking, and very thorough. The school's emphasis is on teaching our children to properly read and write. I only wish my other 2 children could have benefitted from this stellar school.
My son has been in Windward since 3rd grade and is now in 6th. He started Windward not knowing how to read correctly and with low self esteem. He now reads alone each night for pleasure. This may not seem a big deal for some of you reading this, but for those of you with a child who has language based learning difficulties it is a major deal! He is now confident at public speaking, is socially very at ease, has self esteem and is a self advocate. Windward did all this and more for my son! The teachers are the best I have ever met; dedicated, knowledgeable and supportive.
Both my daughters attended this school (one sixth grade through ninth, the other fifth grade through eighth). It's a wonderful place. My younger daughter, who is dyslexic and is now going off to college, said it changed her life. Windward is peerless when it comes to remediating dyslexia. For my ADD daughter, Windward stemmed the downward plunge and began to restore her self-esteem, which public school had destroyed. The Windward parent community and administration are inspiring as well.
Wonderful school. I don't know what we would have done without this school to give my son the right tools to be successful.
I graduated from Windward in 2004 and I was there from 6th grade- 12th grade. The school was okay. I felt like I was forced to be very dependent on the teachers because they made you write your papers in a certain way which, for me, was a lot harder. I am in college now and I feel like Windward never prepared me for the real world.
wonderful! teachers are the best for learning disabled children,my daughter become a reader.she could not read when she started at Windward last year in second grade. Windward is the best!
Excellent program for learnig disabled children. lots of activities for gifted kids like sports, performing, and art.
I now have two children who attend Windward. My daughter is a Windward poster child. She has thrived there! Insecond grade at a NYC private school she wasn't learning to read. Within her first months at Windward she became a reader. She has been there for 5 years and will soon be looking for an ongoing school.Her progress is so significant that she will probably only need extended time on testing (because of processing issues) when she goes on to a regular school. She said to me after about 2 years at Windward, 'I'm smart now , Mom.' And, she is.
I would highly, highly recommend Windward. If your child has a language based learning disability, this is the school to be in. Windward uses an Orton-Gillingham approach to reading and incorporates that into Math as well. All core-academic programs are geared specifically for each individual child and the non-core classes are mixed levels to allow for well rounded children. The school attempts to weed out children with serious emotional disabilities during the application process. Parental involvement is encouraged but difficult to accomplish as parents are typically not permitted in the building during the school day, so as not to distrupt class time. Frequent conferences with teachers and staff help to ensure a constant communication regarding your child's development, but involvment with the day to day activities that parents might have in a public school, do not exist at Windward. The tuition is outrageous, but incredibly worth every penny.
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