The Winston School is a coeducational, college preparatory, independent day school located in Del Mar. The Winston School today enrolls 115 students in grades 4-12. After the 2015-16 school year, Winston will only accept 5th graders and up. The student-faculty ratio is 10 to 1 and the average class size is 9.5. 35% of Winston’s students are girls.
The Winston School was founded in 1988 by a group of visionary pediatricians, led by Dr. John Richards, and parents in the San Diego, California area who realized that the needs of many bright children who learned differently were not being met in traditional settings.
The Winston School allows students to lead successful and happy lives by lifting spirits, challenging minds and cultivates creativity.
Accreditation and Certification
The Winston School is accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools and is certified by the State of California Department of Education.
The Winston School is an independent, non-sectarian school governed by a Board of Directors. There are ten trustees whose current president is Laura Cunitz.
As a college preparatory school the curriculum has been developed to reflect that central purpose of the mission. Honors courses are offered in English. Students are offered the opportunity to take Advanced Placement exams whenever individual students demonstrate preparation for study at the college level in a given discipline. Spanish is offered to fulfill foreign language requirements. Academic and Visual/Performing Arts classes are A-G certified.
Technology and Support Services
Students have access to iPads and software to support academic requirements in the classroom. If contractually agreed, Winston offers counseling, speech and language and occupational therapy on site. Tutorial classes are offered to help students focus on completing work. Students can also receive extra help in home work club which is one day a week or in Saturday School.
Visual and Performing Arts Program
Winston emphasizes the development of creativity by offering electives in Art, Music, Drama and Digital Media. Regular assemblies bring professional performers to inspire student efforts and local artists display work in Winston’s public spaces.
The Winston School offers varsity softball and basketball and competes with other area schools during the regular school day. PE is available as an elective and credit is accepted for appropriately supervised outside programs.
All students participate in an activity program whose offerings have included photography, dog-walking, intramural sports, chess, cooking, gingerbread construction, musical composition, gardening, American Sign Language, mural painting and fashion design.
Students who qualify may participate in the WorkAbility Program which affords a first paid work experience and provides students with other training helpful in the working world.
Graduation and College Matriculation
95% of Winston School graduates are accepted to two or four-year colleges. Among the colleges they have recently attended are: Berklee School of Music, California College of the Arts, Cal Poly Pomona, Catholic University of America, Linfield College, Point Loma Nazarene University, Roanoke College, San Diego State University, Sweet Briar College, Tuskegee University, University of California, Santa Cruz, University of San Diego, Whittier College.
Students must earn a minimum of 44 semester credits in grades nine through twelve to graduate; Thirty of these credits must be in academic courses. The minimum requirements in each discipline are:
College Entrance Requirements
College entrance requirements vary; it should be understood that meeting the high school graduation requirements described above does not guarantee entrance to specific colleges.
Grading Scale and Policy on Class Rank
|F||69 OR BELOW||N/C|
The Winston School does not report class rank. Because the senior class size is small, the school believes that class rank is not a meaningful predictor of a student’s college performance.
Average Test Scores Class of 2014
Students applying to four-year colleges
Representative College Acceptances • Classes of 2009 – 2014
|Berklee School of Music||Linfield College|
|California College of the Arts||Lycoming College|
|California Polytechnic University, Pomona||Mills College|
|California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo||Mitchell College|
|California State University, Bakersfield||Missouri University of Science and Technology|
|California State University, Channel Islands||Montana State University|
|California State University, Chico||Mount St. Mary’s College|
|California State University, Dominguez Hills||New Mexico State University|
|California State University, Fullerton||Point Loma Nazarene University|
|California State University, Long Beach||Portland State University|
|California State University, Monterey Bay||Randolph College|
|California State University, Northridge||Roanoke College|
|California State University, Sacramento||Rochester Institute of Technology|
|California State University, San Bernardino||Rocky Mountain College|
|California State University, San Marcos||Seattle University|
|California State University, Stanislaus||Southern Oregon University|
|Humboldt State University||Sweet Briar College|
|San Diego State University||Tuskegee University|
|San Francisco State University||University of California, San Diego|
|San Jose State University||University of Colorado|
|Sonoma State University||University of Nebraska|
|Catholic University of America||University of Redlands|
|Concordia University- Minnesota & Oregon||University of San Diego|
|Daniel Webster College||University of San Francisco|
|Drexel University||University of South Dakota|
|Evergreen College||Utah State University|
|Farleigh Dickinson University||Westmont College|
|Landmark College||Whittier College|
|Lewis & Clark College|