The Windward School is a premier independent day school for children with dyslexia or other language-based learning disability. WIth two campuses in White Plains, and one campus on the Upper East Side of New York City, Windward remediates a student's dyslexia or LBLD in preparation for a return to a mainstream school environment. 

WHY WINDWARD?

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All faculty, staff, and administrators are committed 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.
Windward's mission is to remediate students' dyslexia or other language-based learning disability and to return students to mainstream schools.
Windward's language-based curriculum is research-based and multisensory and taught using a direct instruction teaching model.
With two teachers and rarely more than 12 students in an academic classroom, students receive maximum time with expertly-trained teachers.
Beyond language arts classes, language learning is embedded in all content classes, the arts, and physical education.
The School is internationally recognized for its development of instructional programs designed specifically to help students achieve language proficiency.

Our Campuses

Westchester Lower School

Grades 1–5

Westchester Lower School is located at 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605. To visit, please request more information here.

Westchester Middle School

Grades 6–9

Westchester Middle School is located at 40 West Red Oak Lane, White Plains, NY 10604. To visit, please request more information here.

Manhattan Lower & Middle Schools

Grades 1–8

Manhattan Lower and Middle Schools is located at 212 East 93rd Street (b/w 2nd and 3rd Avenues), New York, NY 10128. To visit, please request more information here.

At a Glance

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

941

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Students across all three campuses in grades 1-9

5:1

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Language Arts Class Student-Teacher Ratio

3

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Periods of language arts classes per day

98%

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Of students return to mainstream schools

$6 million+

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Tuition assistance distributed for 2019-2020

11,000+

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Cumulative hours of professional development for teachers each year

9

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Science classrooms across all three campuses

37

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Athletics teams across all three campuses

55

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After-school clubs across all three campuses

What Others Say

Windward is dedicated to the transmission of knowledge and teaching. What I saw was so indicative of what I believe is necessary for children to learn.

- Maryanne Wolf, PhD

UCLA Distinguished Visiting Professor of Education and Director of the UCLA Center for Dyslexia, Diverse Learners, and Social Justice and the Chapman University Presidential Fellow

My Windward graduate is using the skills he gained during his time with you to much success right now. Though the student may leave Windward, Windward never leaves the student!

- Westchester Middle School Alumni Parent

We need Windward all over the country, because there is no school like it.

- Dr. Sally Shaywitz, Audrey G. Ratner Professor in Learning Development at Yale University and Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity

This is a HUGE milestone for us as a family, especially for our son...he is reading a book...on his own. My husband and I looked at each other in shock, excitement, and relief that we made the right decision (though a tough one) to move him to his current school. Thank you The Windward School for your passion and dedication to the wonderful world of dyslexia. We are grateful beyond words.

- Westchester Lower School Parent

I feel very lucky to know my daughter is part of this incredible school. Beside the impressive academic side to it, Windward teaches human values that I know my daughter will carry with her as an adult. Please know I am deeply thankful for everything Windward has done for my family.

- Manhattan Middle School Parent

My husband and I are so grateful for all you are doing for our daughter. The moment I realized she had picked up a book and started reading a bedtime story to her younger sister was very moving for me. What a difference Windward has made in our lives.

- Manhattan Lower School Parent

This is our son's first year at Windward. I respond to anyone inquiring about Windward with "It's a magic school!"

- Westchester Lower School Parent

I am grateful for a lot of things in my life (especially now) but top of my list are my son's Windward teachers. I am in awe of their grace, resourcefulness, calm and pure engagement. They have created a safe and calm world for my little third grader. He is getting through this odd time in large part to his wonderful teachers providing as “normal” of a learning experience as they can at this time. I simply cannot imagine any other third grade student getting the kind of experience my son is receiving.

- Westchester Lower School Parent

One of the takeaways from Windward was witnessing the incredible work ethic of everyone there. It was the indefatigable energy of the adults at Windward that helped our children to reach their highest abilities. My family will forever be grateful. Thank you!

- Manhattan Middle School Alumni Parent

We are blown away with the educational program that Windward has put together. It is full, enriching, structured and organized. I have been so impressed across all subject areas from his LA, math and social studies but also PE, art and science. My son has been engaged, leaning and happy! We feel very lucky to be apart of such an amazing school!

- Westchester Lower School Parent

Once our daughter began at Windward, her demeanor at home improved dramatically. It was the Windward magic! I am in awe and admiration for how you continue to inspire, challenge and motivate our daughter to work independently and self advocate. Although school isn’t the same this spring being online, our daughter's confidence continues to bloom before our eyes. It’s a beautiful thing for us to see her carry this confidence into everything she does here at home. 

- Westchester Middle School Parent

Our son is excited to go to school every morning. He could not have done this without the enormous supportive team at Windward! We are so grateful.

- Westchester Middle School Parent

Thanks for all you do. You made a great difference in the life of our granddaughter.

- Manhattan Lower School Grandparent

I am appreciative of the continued professionalism, compassion, and dedication at Windward. Students at the school are extremely fortunate. I only wish more were receiving the specialized, hands on, multisensory experience that Windward provides.

- Former Windward Faculty and Staff Member

Thank you to Windward for rising to the challenge of COVID-19 and succeeding!! I am appreciative of all the teachers' skills and compassion.

- Manhattan Middle School Parent

Thank you for everything that you have done for my son. We are indebted to all of his Grade 8 teachers. You are all amazing.

- Westchester Middle School Parent

Windward has changed my life for the best. I am forever grateful for Windward and will take the tools I learned wherever life takes me. In addition, I'm so fortunate for the long-lasting bonds that Windward allowed me to create.

- Alumni 

We could not be prouder of the progress that our son has made so far, and we are so sure that these strides are due to his supportive, skilled, kind, compassionate, intelligent and highly specialized teachers. What struck us most was how coordinated each subject is with the other and that each teacher is working on the core skills of reading and writing—including science and math, which are not typically literacy related classes. Thank you for creating and sustaining an environment that allows our son and students like him not only to learn, but to thrive. 

- Manhattan Middle School Parent

We are so grateful that our son is a part of the Windward community. And what's more... he feels blessed to be a part of it too. He has never felt so successful or so understood—and we already feel the difference in his confidence and his emotional well being. Our son told me yesterday that he wishes that he was in Windward since the 2nd grade, when he began to visibly struggle in school.

Yesterday, he picked up a chapter book and started to read at bedtime—on his own. This has not happened in years. 

- Manhattan Middle School Parent

Within the first week my son was at Windward I could see that this was a very special program. His reading skills have progressed more than I could have imagined possible. I literally cried when he came home and read because I had no idea that it was possible for him to progress so much so quickly. When I read to him at night (which I have been doing for years) suddenly he has started to ask if he can help read and he seems to enjoy doing so. This means more to me than you can imagine.

- Manhattan Lower School Parent

Windward changed my daughter's life. It not only changed her life, it saved her life!! There are not enough words of thank you. A proud Windward mom.

- Alumni Parent

I am so thankful for everything Windward has taught me. It is such a special place–from the teachers to the life lessons I learned along the way. I wouldn't be the person I am today without Windward and the tools I learned there.

- Alumni

I never truly appreciated my experiences as a Windward student until I became a Windward parent.

- Alumni and Manhattan Lower School Parent

When we first arrived at Windward almost five years ago, our daughter was a struggling student who doubted her ability to succeed in school and we were concerned parents, worried for our daughter's future. From the start, Windward tended to her needs both academically and emotionally. Every day, every teacher, every staff member, every touch point at Windward encouraged, challenged and empowered our daughter to do her best and be her best. At Windward, she learned that she could not only succeed at school, but excel as a student. In our daughter's own words, "Windward knows how to teach me and everyone there has my back." And it is only now that we are a Windward alumni family, that we can look back and truly see the gift The Windward School gave to us.  

- Alumni Parents

When we see our daughter's confidence walking into school each morning, that's The Windward Effect. When we hear her happily tell us that she signed up to be a writer on the school magazine, that's The Windward Effect. And when she comes home from school, panicked about her first math test and assuredly decides to reach out to her math teacher and disclose her difficulty with word problems, only to find out that her math teacher also has dyslexia, that too is The Windward Effect. We are sure that there will be many challenges ahead, as there always are, but we are equally sure that our daughter can handle whatever comes her way because she was lucky enough to have been a student at The Windward School.

- Alumni Parents

Success Stories

News & Calendar


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Key Takeaways From “Dyslexia 101: Navigating Your Child’s Educational Journey,” Presented by Jamie Williamson, EdS, for Rivertown Parents

Head of School Jamie Williamson, EdS, engaged with local families through the community group Rivertown Parents, with an informational webinar titled, “Dyslexia 101: Navigating Your Child’s Educational Journey.” Rivertown Parents is comprised of parents/guardians from the Westchester, NY area, including Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, Irvington, Sleepy Hollow, and Tarrytown, and was created to provide information, advice, and support for families with students in elementary, middle, and high school.

Read The Beacon Fall 2021 Issue - Features Themes of Advocating for Science of Reading and Addressing Educational Inequity

The latest issue of The Beacon is now available. Read articles on how Mississippi became the only state to demonstrate gains in reading in 2019, the research indicating how implicit bias disproportionately affects Black students with dyslexia, why understanding linguistic differences of children who speak two dialects can ensure all students are being taught in supportive environments, and more.

Faculty and Staff Discuss DEIB-Focused Summer Reading Books

The Windward School faculty and staff members participate in summer reading assignments each school year. In advance of the 2021-22 school year, Windward employees had the opportunity to choose from one of three books: So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo; Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debbie Irving; or Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do by Claude M. Steele.

HR Hosts Faculty & Staff of Color and LGBTQ+ Happy Hours

At The Windward School, we respect and value diversity in all of its forms. These happy hours were planned in the spirit of having our actions mirror our values. Ultimately, we want everyone at Windward to know that they are welcome and an important part of our community.