The Winston School

The Winston School Photo #1 - For more than 30 years, The Winston School has successfully educated bright, creative children whose learning differences have made succeeding in a traditional school extremely difficult. More than 95 percent of our graduates go on to higher education at a four-year or two-year college or university. We prepare kids for college in a way that traditional schools just can`t.
For more than 30 years, The Winston School has successfully educated twice exceptional children whose learning differences have made succeeding in a traditional school extremely difficult.
More than 95 percent of our graduates go on to higher education at a four-year or two-year college or university.
We prepare kids for college in a way that traditional schools just can`t.
Many of our teachers have been working at Winston for a decade or more. Please browse our website, give us a call, or drop by to meet us. We`d love to learn more about your student and your family, and help you determine if he or she will be a good fit at our school.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Private Special Education Schools (CAPSES)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia, Dysgraphia, ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (High Functioning)
Year Founded1988
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students101 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade The Winston School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size10 students
Average SAT score542
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$30,600
Tuition Notes995 registration fee
Average Financial Aid Grant$6,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDr. Dena Harris
Admissions AssociateLizette Cardenas


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Soccer, SoftballBaseballBasketball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Animal Therapy Class, Basketball, Beauty and Makeup Club, Card Games, Ceramics, Drama Club, Garden Club, Music/Choir, Reading Club, Softball, Walking Club, Warhammer

Arts and Music Programs:
Art Class, Digital Media Class

School Notes

  • Mission: The Winston School inspires hope and success in twice-exceptional bright, creative students who have struggled to realize their potential in a traditional school setting.
  • We have a very low student/teacher ratio which enables all students to learn in a way that meets their needs. We celebrate diversity, including a mix of San Diego students who learn in different ways and at different paces.
  • We recognize that students have strengths, understanding, and passion in particular areas and know that students find some academic skills very challenging but maybe advanced in others.
  • Our dedicated staff is all certified to teach special education and respect that the student is the central actor in their own education. We encourage students to persevere, building persistence and resilience. We help to unlock student motivation and potential. We identify the needs and appropriate expectations of each student.
  • We hold reasonable expectations that, despite learning differences, each student can and will grow academically, socially, emotionally and ethically, and have a chance to attend college if offered a flexible approach.
  • We ensure a safe, nurturing, a patient and calming community for learning.
  • Our collaborative, supportive environment readily assists and celebrates student effort and achievement. We are an inclusive school that values students with different viewpoints and experiences.
  • The Winston School`s Motto is "Never, never, never give up."  Winston Churchill

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
I've had a great experience working at the Winston School the past five years. The staff and students have become my second family. We are a very welcoming community and provide lots of opportunities for hands-on learning, group activities, and much more!
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I have worked in the counseling department at The Winston School for almost two years now. In that time I have met many new students and every time I ask them how they like Winston they express something like, "I've finally found my home." The students, and their families, tell me they are grateful for the kind teachers and staff who take the time to get to know them as individuals, and for their fellow students who welcome them from Day 1. In my estimation, The Winston School provides a healthy balance of challenge and support, with instructional delivery tailored to each student's needs. I would highly recommend this school for any student who has struggled to find the right fit elsewhere.
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My son was struggling in public school & falling through the cracks. He hated school. When he started in 5th grade, he said the best thing about Winston was that "I don't feel stupid like I always did (at his public school)". The teachers and administrators are amazing. They see my son (now finishing 9th) as a whole, with everyone coordinating to provide him with the best education possible. He is not a typical kid, and he frequently got the message in many areas of his life (especially school) that he is not okay as he is. At Winston, however, they see through the bluster. They don't just accept or tolerate him, they appreciate him for who he is. Probably more importantly, they help him to appreciate himself for who he is.
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