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The Winston School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $239,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $810.

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Posted September 26, 2014

Our family has been blessed by having the Winston School in our lives for the past 5 years. It is a true Community, with every member, from student and teacher to administrator and parent, contributing to its growth and success. Thank you, Winston School, for understanding our son and reigniting his love of learning!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 25, 2014

Moving our bright ADHD son to The Winston School was one of the best decisions we ever made! He hated school before and now LOVES it. He is more confident and his self-esteem has skyrocketed. We have been at Winston for 7 years now. The academics are excellent, and unlike many other schools, they do not drown the kids is repetitive homework. I have a child in another high-end private school in Dallas, and I can compare and confirm that the Winston curriculum is every bit as good or better. They encourage critical and creative thinking and keep the kids engaged and excited about learning. There are many bright/gifted kids at Winston who also happen to "learn differently." It is absolutely college-prep and a wonderful, caring environment. The Art department is particularly impressive. I visited almost every learning difference school in Dallas before picking Winston, and I think there is not a better school anywhere for the bright ADHD kid than The Winston School. We love it there!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 25, 2014

The Winston School saved my family. After years of struggling in school my son was literally at rock bottom. We tried several learning different schools, every time we would try a new school I would be so hopeful that this would finally be the answer to his school struggles. Finally, I hired a specialist who helps place students with the right school. Once my son met with her, she simply said "Winston, of course!" I couldn't believe it, Winston was so close to our house, I hadn't even considered sending him to Winston but this specialist was convinced that Winston could meet his needs. Small school, small class sizes, smart kids who learn differently and a safe environment with nurturing teachers. It couldn't be that easy could it? We applied and were accepted and haven't regretted one minute. My son has been attending for three years and his self esteem has returned, he is learning to advocate for himself and take responsibility for his homework, his anxiety has decreased, and he has friends! He fits in for the first time. Our family gets to be a regular family again and not be so consumed school problems. Winston saved our family and our son.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 20, 2014

My youngest son has been at Winston for twelve years. He will graduate in May 2015. When we first took him to Winston we were promised that they would work on improving his weaknesses while giving him a chance to explore and excel in a variety of areas. He has become an amazing young man, and much of his success is because of the caring teachers and staff at Winston. He has been able to play in the band and star in some of the excellent plays the Drama department produces. He has been giving a chance to play tennis, football, basketball and basketball. With the help of the excellent counseling department, I feel confident he will find the perfect school for next year. The greatest thing about Winston is that his story is not unique. As he puts it: We are the weird and happy kids who will run the world!!! As a parent of 5, whose children have attended a large range of private schools, I can state that Winston is one of the very best.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 17, 2014

WINSTON IS THE VERY BEST SCHOOL EVER!!!! My daughter has attended Winston for 5 years and she still continues to thank me for sending her there. The faculty is awesome in so many ways. They are creative in their approach to instruction and meeting her needs. The school sets a high academic standard and is certainly preparing her for the college of her choice.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 16, 2014

This school is, as we are learning now, not up to the standards that we would expect for $27,000. The administrators are hypocritical and my child is not prepared for the next level. Definitely not worth the money and you can certainly get 504 accommodations elsewhere for less of a headache.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 3, 2014

Winston is not a very good school for many students. "Sub par" is even a pushing it. In my child's grade level, there was a lot of bullying and innapropriate behavior. It seemed as though standards were let down to keep up enrollment. The teachers barely did anything about it. They gave the students so many second chances that it was ridiculous.That is just one issue. The education is also marginal. At Winston, they spend insanely long amounts of time on things that aren't very important and then skip over the very important parts. In fifth grade, my child didn't even have a science class. Also, at least in lower school, nothing gets done on Fridays. Every Friday was "Free Friday", where the kids played board games and drew. I doubt upper schoolers had that, but there were many upper schoolers who just sat in the library all day. On the plus side, for kids who need a great of nurturing, the school can be very good - assuming the behavioral kids leave them alone. Winston does have a great band program and director.There are better schools in the Dallas area to choose from. 25,000 dollars would be ok for a great school and a great education, but that's way too much for Winson.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 22, 2013

We thought this was an excellent school for our daughter. We moved to Dallas her junior year, and the school gave her back her confidence, and love for learning. The school taught her the necessary skills to be successful at college (she is doing very well at a small liberal arts college), as well as the ability to self advocate, prioritze, and break down larger projects into small steps. It was a little difficult coming in for her in 11th grade, but by Senior year, she felt like a part of the community. We also felt she had some of the most wonderful teachers ever. They have made a lasting impact on her life. Worth every penny!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 7, 2011

The Winston School is a perfect niche for bright children with learning differences. This college prep school provides the perfect environment for children to learn the way they need to learn. Winston - where each child stands out as a shining star and does not get lost as just another number.
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Posted January 27, 2011

Winston School is a wonderful school for children with learning differences. The personalized attention from the faculty gives students the hands on help they need to succeed. Great school and definately worth the cost of the education.

Posted January 21, 2011

The Winston School teachers and adminstrators really put the students first. It is very obvious that the staff care about the students and families each and every day! The school has undergone some wonderful changes in technology, course offerings, adding the options of Academy level programs within the Upper School and the band!!! Kudos to the teachers and leaders for embracing change and offering students so many options.

Posted December 14, 2010

The faculty and administrators of Winston have impressed me by the time, planning, and consideration that go into educating their learning different students. It is a challenge to help these bright kids learn the best way to absorb and process information, and to learn to advocate for themselves; Winston is meeting that challenge. And the roster of colleges and universities who accept Winston graduates is quite impressive! Yet there is that personal, small school atmosphere that makes Winston a real community. It has been, and continues to be, an educational haven for learning different students and their families.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted December 11, 2010

school is not well worth it's price. Horrible school, huge waste of money, big mistake if you are looking into this school. Let me warn you the administration are very hypercritical and two faced. My son once over heard them talking about students and not saying very nice things. This school is a joke they do not live up to the standards they say they would upon admission. I should also mention the education there is a joke. My son found that he was far behind from public schools work because there education is not up to date or relevant to modern society. I'm not sure how any student who attends this school could make it in college(as well as life for that matter) with they're taught education. You would think when paying top dollar for a school they wouldn't allow cell phones. That's not the case here because they allow cell phones during class and listen to iPods/mp3 players. I don't see how this contributes to education as well. The Winston school makes everything look good on paper and they're website but you are in for a big surprise if you send your child here!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 7, 2010

the school may have been a special place in the past, but today winston doesn't match it's premium cost. the administration in the lower school hires mediocre teachers with high degree of turnover. class sizes are small, but a liberal attitude allows inappropriate material for the grade level. when parents raise concerns on important issues, administration give lip service until pressed.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 19, 2010

this school has been a terrible influence on my son, with all the bad students there, they have taught my son some very bad things. it was officially the worst school i have ever seen or heard of. i do not recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 6, 2008

While no school is perfect, Winston is pretty close. My learning differenced son started Winston in 8th grade after many bad experiences in public school. Since coming to Winston, I've seen him grow academically and in confidence. I have to believe this is because the staff is dedicated not only to education, but to nuturing the kid's spirits. Thank you so much for all you all do.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted November 25, 2007

What a perfect fit for our learning different son. We love the nurtuing yet academically challenging environment! LOVE IT>
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 15, 2006

The Winston School has proven to be the best choice I could have made as a parent. My daughter has excelled in terms that I never thought possible. Winston teachers are very professional and caring people. Winston is a place that offers our students ways to learn differently and a chance to succeed where other schools cannot. My child will be ready to attend a 4 year institution of higher learning when she graduates in May. She received a solid foundation to build upon. I cannot thank the staff and faculty of the Winston School.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 7, 2006

My son spent five years at Winston and is now a freshman at Texas A&M. His success in college is a direct result of the preparation and positive self image that Winston gave him. No child starts at Winston but all are accepted when they arrive. The staff is very supportive of the kids despite their learning differences and strives to adapt to ensure the child's success. If you have a child that is not finding success at the school they currently attend and have a documentable learning difference, this is the school. They also have a wonderful independent and highly competent testing group housed at the school that can give parents and children the information they need to make this important decision. It was one of the three best decisions my child and I have made so far in life.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 11, 2006

Our experience with the Winston School has been overwhelmingly positive. While the school is great in terms of programs, field trips, and parent involvement, it is the Teachers and Staff that make this school outstanding. Upon our first visit, we were struck by the amazing enthusiasm and genuine interest for each student. The focus on the individual and finding ways for each to succeed seems to be the driving force. Though this is just our second year, Winston has met and exceeded our expectations.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 83% 37%
Black 9% 14%
Hispanic 5% 47%
Two or more races 2% N/A
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 3%
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Dallas, TX 75229
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