Winsor is an independent day school for academically promising and motivated girls in grades 5-12. The school enrolls approximately 430 students from diverse cultural, racial and ethnic backgrounds. They hail from more than 50 different communities in and around the city of Boston.
Winsor’s teachers are bright, creative and caring individuals. They make their subjects come alive for students in small classes, with an average class size of 13 students. Nearly 20 percent have taught at Winsor for 20 or more years, and 89 percent have advanced degrees. In addition to teaching, they advise girls and lead clubs and activities.
The school, founded in 1886, moved from Boston’s Beacon Hill to its current location in the Longwood area in 1910. Winsor’s historic campus is a seven-acre oasis, nestled amid Simmons and Wheelock Colleges, Harvard Medical School and many of Boston’s renowned teaching hospitals. Classes make frequent use of nearby resources, including the State House, Boston Public Library, African American Meeting House, Museum of Science and Museum of Fine Arts.
The main school building features a library, seven large science laboratories, three spacious painting and drawing studios, a photography lab, an assembly hall, a multi-media language lab, three computer labs, and a recording studio. Adjacent to the main building is a gymnasium with a full weight room, Nautilus training equipment and basketball court. The campus has two regulation-sized playing fields and six tennis courts. Winsor also uses facilities at neighboring Simmons College, including a dance studio and swimming pool.
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Winsor builds time for clubs—a key part of co-curricular activities—into each student’s weekly schedule. Several clubs also meet after school and on weekends, such as community service, Model United Nations, debate, drama and engineering. Girls may also work on activities with boys from nearby schools, including the student newspaper, plays and concerts.
The arts are woven into the fabric of the curriculum. Winsor offers courses in studio art, choral and instrumental music, dance, photography and drama.
Athletics and Wellness
In addition to classes in physical education and health, Winsor offers 14 team sports at the varsity, junior varsity and middle school levels that belong to the Eastern Independent League.
Global and Off-Campus Opportunities
Off-campus programs broaden girls’ perspectives, including student exchanges to China and France, and concert tours and speaking competitions around the world. Closer to home, some students enjoy a semester away at two of the country’s leading educational programs: the Mountain School in Vermont and CITYterm, which uses New York City as its classroom.
All Winsor students attend many of the nation’s most selective four-year colleges and universities. Our experienced college counselors help to guide girls and their families through the admission process to find the right fit.
Winsor’s admission team looks carefully at every girl who applies, and seeks girls who will thrive here. The school is also committed to cultural, racial and economic diversity among its students. For more information, please visit admission online or call our admission office at 617-735-9503.