PEOPLE DON’T ALWAYS learn in predictable ways, which is why Winston Preparatory School (WPS) is committed to reaching all kinds of learners. Students often come to one of our campuses in the tri-state area after struggling in traditional school settings. Many of these students, ranging from fourth to twelfth grade (and their Transitions program young adults), have been diagnosed with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, executive functioning difficulties, ADHD, and nonverbal learning disorders. At WPS, the faculty assess and understand students where they are, help them advance at a meaningful pace, and teach them to move forward independently.
The research-based education model used by the WPS faculty has been shown to profoundly expand the possibilities for students with learning disabilities. Providing a fundamental shift in the process of education at every level of the school organization, WPS faculty and leading educational experts have designed and implemented a model that reflects the best practices in the field, as well as research in learning, teaching, neuropsychology, and school climate. The results? Our specialized academic process typically results in more than 90 percent of WPS students being admitted to college.
WPS’s mission is to “facilitate the independence and meaningful participation of students with specific learning disorders through a Continuous Feedback System that develops skill acquisition and the Qualities of a Sustainable and Independent Learner. WPS also seeks to influence the field of education with research and implementation models that achieve these ends, in this way.” This means that the leaders and faculty at WPS are working within a model that requires educators and students to assess, understand, and design curriculum (and all aspects of the school experience) based on individualized understanding, and to continually re-evaluate the program. This model focuses not only on skill development, but also the development of characteristics that lead to independence such as resilience, self-advocacy, and self-regulation.
The science behind WPS is how we understand and help students. To help students with learning problems we must be experts in learning and cognition. We are also compelled to be active leaders in bridging the gap between research and practice. At WPS we research so that we can understand, we understand so that we can individualize each child's school experience, and we do so in a way that makes this school all about them. As we understand them as individuals, they begin to feel understood — and this is where the Winston Prep magic begins.
Please visit www.winstonprep.edu to learn more and join us for an upcoming Open House.