Windward Alumni Panel


Contact Us

Westchester:  (914) 949-6968 ext. 1113

Manhattan: (212) 222-8628 ext. 3346




Diane Kissner
Director of Outplacement




Tanya Ehrlich
Assistant Director of Outplacement




Peter Beardsley

Peter Beardsley
Committee on Special Education Liason (C.S.E.)

ext. 2289




Lara Damashek
Committee on Special Education Liason (C.S.E.)

ext. 1247



Gina Naclerio

ext. 1126










Welcome from the
Director of Outplacement Services

“Windward is committed to helping students achieve their full potential in preparation for a successful return to a mainstream educational environment.”  This line from Windward’s mission statement succinctly captures not only the overarching mission of the School but the distinct mission of its Outplacement Office.

The School’s Director of Outplacement works with every Windward family to find the appropriate educational match to ensure their child’s continued academic success once he or she departs the School.  With firsthand knowledge of various mainstream school options, along with an understanding of a student’s learning profile and interests, the Director works with parents to develop an exit plan.  For approximately a year, the Outplacement Team assists parents and students with applications, manages testing requirements, and preps students for school visits and interviews.  The office manages all school records and recommendations required in the application process.  For students who will be attending public schools, the Director helps navigate parents through the entry process, including information about the I.E.P. or 504 Plan process, and appropriate class placement. For students applying to independent schools, the Outplacement Director advocates on their behalf with admissions directors until decisions are made.  

The work of the Outplacement Office does not end once students have transitioned out of Windward.  We track alumni progress by asking guidance counselors or advisors at mainstream schools to complete surveys about the academic performance and social adjustment of Windward alumni.  The results of these surveys consistently demonstrate the extremely high success rate that alumni experience in their post-Windward years.  In the most recent survey, 100% of alumni were working at or above grade level; 94% were participating in mainstream classes; and 92% were reported to have made an average or above average social adjustment to their schools.  Upon graduation from high school, Windward alumni enroll in a broad range of colleges and universities.

There are a number of factors to consider when deciding if it is time for a student to leave Windward.  Students are assessed annually for progress, and recommendations are made for the following year.   If your child is in at least his or her second year at Windward and you have questions about his or her readiness to transition to a mainstream school, please contact Alexis Pochna, Head of Westchester Lower School, Chris Eberhard, Head of Westchester Middle School, or Leslie Zuckerwise, Head of Manhattan Lower and Middle Schools.  Should Mrs. Pochna, Mr. Eberhard, or Mrs. Zuckerwise determine that it is time for your family to begin the outplacement process, I will contact you at the appropriate time.


Diane Kissner
Director of Outplacement Services



Independent School Acceptances, 2012 - 2017

Roughly half of Windward students come from and mainstream back into independent schools.  Below is a list of independent schools to which Windward students have gained acceptance over the past five admissions seasons.


Abraham Joshua Heschel High School

Albertus Magnus High School

Allen Stevenson School

All Saints School (OR)

American School in London

Archbishop Stepinac High School

Avenues - The World School

Avon Old Farms School

Barnstable Academy

Bay Ridge Preparatory School

Bergen Catholic School

Berkeley Carroll School

Berkshire School

Birch Wathen Lenox School

Brewster Academy

Brooklyn Friends School

Brooklyn Heights Montessori School

Browning School

Brunswick School

Calhoun School

Canterbury School

Cardinal Spellman High School

The Carroll School (MA)

Charles Armstrong School (CA)

Choate Rosemary Hall

Churchill School

Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School

Convent of the Sacred Heart (CT)

Denver Academy (CO)

Dominican Academy

Don Bosco Preparatory

Dwight School

Dwight-Englewood School

Eaglebrook School

Eagle Hill School

Elizabeth Irwin High School

Episcopal School

Ethical Cultural Fieldston School

Fairfield College Preparatory School

Fairfield Country Day School

The Fessenden School

Fordham Preparatory School

Forman School

Frisch School

Fusion Academy

Gow School

Grace Church School

Greens Farms Academy

Greenwich Academy

Greenwich Country Day School

Gulliver Schools (FL)

The Gunnery

Hackley School

HAFTR High School

The Harvey School

Heschel School

The Hewitt School

High School for Mathematics, Science and Engineering at the City College

Interlochen Center for the Arts

International School of Amsterdam

Iona Grammar School

Iona Preparatory School

John F. Kennedy Catholic High School

Joy School (TX)


The Kildonan School

King & Low-Heywood Thomas School

King's Way Christian School (WA)

Leman Manhattan Preparatory

Long Island Luthern High School

Loyola School


Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy (Yeshiva University High School for Boys)

Mary McDowell Friends School

Marymount School

The Masters School

Mead School

Miami Country Day School

Millbrook School

New Canaan Country School

New Hampton School

North Shore Hebrew Academy High School

Oldfields School

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Academy

The Packer-Collegiate Institute

Park Academy (OR)

Pennington School

Poly Prep Country Day School

Pomfret School

Proctor Academy

Professional Children’s School

Purnell School

Rippowam Cisqua School

Riverdale Country School

Riviera Preparatory School (FL)

Rockland Country Day School

Rumsey Hall School

Rye Country Day School

Saddle River Day School

Salesian High School

Salisbury School

SAR High School

School of the Future

School of the Holy Child

Solomon Schechter Day School

Soundview Preparatory School

Spence School

St. Hilda's & St. Hugh's

St. Luke’s School (CT)

St. Vincent Ferrer High School

Stanwich School

Storm King School

Suffield Academy

Tilton School

Torah Academy for Girls

Town School

Trevor Day School

Trinity-Pawling School

The Ursuline School

Vermont Academy

Westchester Day School

Westchester Hebrew High School

Westover School

Winston Preparatory School

Wooster School

Yeshiva University High School for Girls (Central)

York Preparatory School





Westchester Lower School      13 Windward Avenue 
                                                White Plains, NY 10605
Westchester Middle School      40 West Red Oak Lane 
                                                White Plains, NY 10604
Manhattan Lower and               212 East 93rd Street 
Middle Schools                         New York, NY 10128