The Winsor School
A leading school for academically promising girls in grades 5-12
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Mission & Principles

Mission

Winsor prepares young women to pursue their aspirations and contribute to the world.

The School

Winsor is a diverse, vibrant community that values intellectual curiosity, authentic engagement and personal integrity. We challenge our students to lead lives of purpose as responsible, generous-minded women.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Winsor strives to consciously create an environment of respect and inclusion and to support ethnic, racial, religious and socio-economic diversity among all the constituencies of the school. Winsor strives to support this environment by building a more inclusive curriculum, addressing a range of learning styles, offering a wide array of diversity efforts and programs, and by participating in the wider community.

The school affirms, teaches and values:

  • Belief in the dignity and humanity of every person and a commitment to understanding individual and group differences.
  • Respect for oneself and for one another and responsibility for oneself and for community.
  • Generosity of spirit, thinking beyond one’s immediate self-interest and sharing talents freely with others.
  • Openness to new ideas and rejection of stereotypical thinking.
  • Honesty, kindness, integrity, courage, humor.
  • Empathetic understanding.

Winsor is committed to recognizing the importance of communication and to encouraging dialogue among all constituencies; to promoting intellectual and social growth and development within the school community; to providing a safe, supportive setting so that students have the opportunity to explore and to clarify their own beliefs and values, to take risks, and to think and speak for themselves; and to recognizing and responding to individual and institutional prejudices, both overt and subtle, based on gender, race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, and physical and mental ability.

To teach these values, which flow from the mission of the Winsor School – developing “responsible, generous-minded women” – the school is:

  • striving to consciously create an environment of respect and inclusion through a wide array of diversity efforts and programs;
  • building a more inclusive curriculum;
  • developing the knowledge and methods to address a range of learning styles;
  • striving for ethnic, racial, religious, and socio-economic diversity among all the constituencies of the School; and
  • offering a variety of ways of participating in the wider community.

Aware of the complexity of diversity issues, The Winsor School acknowledges a continuing need to evaluate and revise its diversity efforts. This process is critical to maintaining an academic and social environment where all students can develop confidence, values, knowledge and the life skills they need to thrive within Winsor and in the global community.


The Winsor School believes that a critical dimension of academic excellence in the 21st century is the preparation for responsible participation in the global community.

The forces of globalization now ensure that individuals and communities separated by vast geographic distances and cultural differences are increasingly interconnected and interdependent. Distant peoples and events shape local worlds, while at the same time individual and community decisions––made at Winsor, in Boston, or in New England––often have an impact on wider social and ecological environments.

In preparing its students to act responsibly in this interconnected and interdependent world, The Winsor School is committed to ensuring that its students not only understand the nature of globalization but also appreciate the personal stakes and responsibilities they have as global citizens.

We believe a global citizen...

  • Recognizes the dignity of every individual and values the diversity of human cultures.
  • Strives for self-knowledge through the study of others.
  • Aspires to an empathetic understanding of others.
  • Actively seeks intercultural dialogue and engagement.
  • Is willing to act on behalf of social justice and human rights.
  • Acts as a steward for the natural environment.

The Winsor School promotes the ethics of global citizenship in several ways:

Fostering Global Citizenship

Global Studies Courses

As juniors, Winsor students take one of four literature and history course pairings focusing on Africa, China, India or the Middle East.

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World Languages and Cultures

Languages Classes

Winsor requires the study of world languages, including Chinese, French, Spanish and Latin, and their cultures, as necessary for intercultural understanding, dialogue and relationships.

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Environmental Stewardship

Classes Offered

Winsor offers courses in environmental studies and supports a variety of initiatives––both school and student sponsored––designed to minimize the community’s negative impact on the natural world.

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Educational exchanges and travel

Winsor Girls Never Stop Exploring

The school promotes empathetic understandings and cross-cultural engagements through a variety of foreign and local service-learning projects, and educational exchanges.

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Julian Braxton,
Director of Community and Multicultural Affairs

To learn more about what our Principles of Diversity mean to Winsor, please contact: Julian Braxton Director of Community of Multicultural Affairs. jbraxton@winsor.edu

Brian Didier, Director of Global Studies

To learn more about what our Principles of Global Responsibility mean to Winsor, please contact: Brian Didier, director of global studies and History Department head.

bdidier@winsor.edu

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