- How many girls apply to Winsor each year? Approximately how many spaces are available?
- What are the application deadlines?
- Am I missing the parent statement in the application packet?
- Does Winsor accept international students?
- Which communities do students come from?
- Is there transportation to and from Winsor?
- How are parents able to volunteer and become involved with the school?
- What kinds of clubs does Winsor have?
- How much homework is given per night?
- When do the girls begin taking language courses? What are the choices?
- Which sports are offered each season?
- Can students leave campus during the day?
- Do the girls have a uniform at Winsor?
- Do you pay extra for lunch? What is offered each day?
Each year, Winsor attracts students with demonstrated intellectual curiosity, academic ability, spirit and motivation. The school is committed to cultural, racial, and economic diversity among its students and seeks young women who have a generous spirit and respect for differences. Winsor draws from an applicant pool of about 400 students each year for grades five-seven and nine-eleven. Our greatest number of openings per class is fifth and sixth grade. Our openings for seventh and ninth grade vary, depending on attrition and other factors within our community. Overall, the acceptance rate is one in four. Winsor does not accept students for eighth or twelfth grade and is highly unlikely to be able to accept students into tenth or eleventh grade.
The Winsor admission application does not include a narrative to be completed by the parent or guardian. However, the Inquiry is a form that should be completed by an adult. Once this form is submitted, the applicant may begin the student application. Winsor makes every effort to arrange a school visit for applicant families, which includes extensive time getting to know the adult family members of an applying student and the student herself. During this visit, families have the opportunity to speak of their child candidly, eliminating the need for extra documentation that a parent narrative would give.
Since Winsor is a day school, the girls live within a commutable distance from campus. Sixty communities in and around Boston are represented in our student body, with some families traveling as far as the North and South Shore. However, a large number of our students commute from Boston, Brookline, Newton, and Wellesley.
As a rigorous academic institution, Winsor believes in the value of homework. It can provide opportunities for practice, introduce students to new ideas, advance student learning, and deepen understanding. The following guidelines are used by teachers at each grade level as they plan and coordinate homework assignments. It is noted, however, that the nature and pace of Advanced Placement and honors courses often require homework beyond the guidelines for regular courses.
|5th grade:||1-1.25 hours|
|6th grade:||1.5 hours|
|7th grade:||2 hours|
|8th grade:||2-2.5 hours|
|9th grade:||2.5-3 hours|
|10th grade:||3 hours|
|11th grade:||3.5 hours|
|12th grade:||3.5-4 hours|
In Lower School, students entering in fifth or sixth grade choose to study French, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, or Spanish. In seventh grade these students continue studying their chosen language. Students entering Winsor in 7th grade who have already been studying French, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish at their previous school will continue the study of that language.
Students entering Upper School in ninth grade will be given the choice to either continue their Lower School modern language or Latin or to begin a new language. Three years of consecutive study in one language from ninth through eleventh grade is required for graduation.
Winsor is an urban school with an open campus. It is critical for students’ safety that we know the whereabouts of students at all times when under school supervision. At developmentally appropriate ages, the school offers students off-campus privileges with parental permission. No Lower School student may leave campus during the school day. Upper School students must have school and parental permission in order to go off campus and must always sign in and out. Students with off-campus permission may only go to designated areas.