College Guidance

College guidance counselor Mary Sterling-Torretti helps students and parents through the college application process. Together they decide on a list of potential schools that are a good match for the student and develop a timeline for each application.

One of the unique aspects of The Winston School is that the faculty and staff play an integral part in helping students transition to college. They help develop a post-secondary plan for each student based upon his or her specific needs. This includes helping all students meet their application deadlines, sending in transcripts and other required documents, and assisting with essays and portfolio development.

Each senior in the class of 2009 that applied at a two or four-year-school received at least one college acceptance. One hundred percent of seniors passed the California High School Exit Exam compared to 58 percent of special education students and 90 percent of general education students statewide in California.

The Winston School’s 2012 senior graduating class was accepted at the following schools: California College of the Arts; California State Universities at Channel Islands, Chico, Humboldt, Long Beach, Monterey, Northridge, Pomona, San Marcos, Sonoma and Stanislaus. Other schools include Grossmont College; Linfield College; Mira Costa College; Miramar College; Monmouth University; Palomar College; and Randolph College. Completing the list is Rider University; Roanoke College; University of Dubuque; University of Nebraska; University of Redlands


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