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Dr. John J. Russell Presents on Partnership Between Educators and Researchers at Haskins Literate Brain Conference

At the “Literate Brain Linking Researchers with Practitioners” conference, hosted at Haskins Laboratories from July 21-25, Dr. John J. Russell, Executive Director of The Windward Institute (which officially launches in January 2020) presented on how the partnership between The Windward School and Haskins developed to form the Windward/Haskins Collaborative Project. As he explained to the educators attending the conference, the project will entail in-school research, conducted by Haskins scientists and Windward teachers, with the hope that the study will yield greater understanding on which instructional strategies work best for students with language-based learning disabilities, like dyslexia, and why. 

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A Letter from Dr. Russell to the Windward Community

Dear Windward Community Members,

On June 30 after 13 years as Head of The Windward School, I will be retiring from that position to become Executive Director of The Windward Institute. 

Over the course of my tenure as Head of School, the Board of Trustees, faculty and administration, with support from the entire Windward School community, have accomplished what many said was impossible. Inspired by our credo “Save more children and protect the sacred,” The Windward School is now educating over 900 deserving students while remaining one school with one mission, delivering a research-based program expertly and consistently across 3 campuses.

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The goal of our administration, faculty, and staff is to ensure that every Windward student reads with confidence, writes with purpose, and achieves the skills necessary to lead a life of fulfillment and accomplishment.
An independent school exclusively for students with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities, The Windward School enrolls students in grades one through nine.
The School's academic curriculum is research-based and multisensory in nature. It is designed to give students the skills they need to succeed in school and return with confidence to mainstream educational settings.

Our Campuses

Westchester Lower School

Grades 1 - 4

Located at 13 Windward Avenue in White Plains, N.Y., 198 students in grades 1 - 4 excel in an environment that balances calm with exuberance, learning with fun--each in their appropriate places and often mixing together.

Westchester Middle School

Grades 5 – 9

Located at 40 West Red Oak Lane in White Plains, New York, 380 students in grades 5 - 9 build warm and trusting relationships with their teachers in a structured environment where expectations are clear and care for each student is paramount.

Manhattan Lower & Middle Schools

Grades 1 – 8

Located at 212 E. 93rd Street, we are able to bring our research-based program to New York City and help many more children with language-based learning disabilities bridge the gap between their performance and their academic potential.

At a Glance


Campuses - Two in White Plains, N.Y. and one in Manhattan


Students across all three campuses


Student-teacher ratio


Periods of language arts classes per day


Of students return to mainstream schools

$5 million+

Financial aid distributed for 2018-2019


Hours of professional development for teachers each year


Science classrooms across all three campuses

The Voices of Windward