The Winston School Profile: 2014-2015

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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.

Athletic Program
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.

Activity Program
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.

WorkAbility Program
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.

Graduation Requirements
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:

  • English – 4 years
  • Science – 3 years (2 lab sciences)
  • History – 4 years
  • Mathematics – 3 years (Including Algebra I and Geometry)
  • Fine Arts – 1 year
  • Physical Education – 2 years
  • Foreign Language – 1 year (or 1 year Fine Arts; 1 sem. Practical Arts)

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

Grade Range Quality Points
A 93-100 4.0
A- 90-92 3.7
B+ 87-89 3.3
B 83-86 3.0
B- 80-82 2.7
C+ 77-79 2.3
C 73-76 2.0
C- 70-72 1.7

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

  • SAT CR: 566
  • SAT MATH: 539
  • SAT WR: 521

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


The Winston School of San Diego is a registered 501(c)(3)