News & Calendar

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.

Read More about A Letter from Dr. Russell to the Windward Community
State-of-the-Art EEG Labs and Research at The Windward School to Help Global Literacy Outcomes

State-of-the-art, custom electroencephalography, or EEG labs, are now installed at the Manhattan and Westchester campuses of The Windward School in preparation for the start of the first research study of the Windward/Haskins Collaborative Project. As a key educational partner of the Haskins Global Literacy Hub, an international and interdisciplinary collaborative that brings together researchers, practitioners, educators, and education technology specialists, Windward’s participation has the potential to improve language and literacy outcomes for children at risk for reading difficulties locally and globally.

Read More about State-of-the-Art EEG Labs and Research at The Windward School to Help Global Literacy Outcomes
Dr. John J. Russell named a Distinguished Leader in Education by Education Update 2019

The Windward School’s Head of School John J. Russell was named one of seven Distinguished Leaders in Education in 2019 by Education Update. He received his award on June 19, 2019, at the Harvard Club in New York City, as Education Update recognizes Outstanding Educators of the Year at its 17th annual awards program.

Read More about Dr. John J. Russell Named a Distinguished Leader in Education by Education Update


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.
The School is nationally recognized for its development of instructional programs designed specifically to help students achieve language proficiency.
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 2 – 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