Virtual Information Sessions

  • To attend for Westchester Lower School or Westchester Middle School, please contact Joan Barrett at (914) 949-6968, ext. 2221.
  • To attend for Manhattan Lower School or Manhattan Middle School, please contact Becky Lindon at (914) 949-6968, ext. 3149. 

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Admissions

The Windward School strictly adheres to its mission of remediating children with language-based learning disabilities in preparation for their successful return to the mainstream. Through a thoughtful and comprehensive screening process, the Admissions Committee is able to offer a limited number of seats to applicants that would benefit from the program. Windward’s admissions process is intentionally thorough because it is a very serious decision to take children out of the mainstream and enroll them in a special needs school.

The criteria for admissions are the following:

  • Written diagnosis of a language-based learning disability
  • Average to superior intellectual potential
  • No behavioral or emotional problems that would interfere with the instructional program

Geographically, Windward students come from the tri-state metropolitan area, including New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland counties, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

The Windward School is not a state-funded school, so need-based tuition assistance is available for families.

The Windward School does not discriminate in admissions, employment, or administration of programs on the basis of any category protected by applicable law.

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. 

We are so grateful that he 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

Hear Why Our Students Are Thankful for Windward

Admission Steps:

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Submit Required Forms & Fee

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Admissions Committee Will Review Submitted File


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Invitation to Visit School

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Admissions Committee Review

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Findings and recommendations are discussed at a parent/guardian conference.


Meet Our Team

ToniAnn Hutchison

Director of Admissions

Tristes Dunn

Assistant Director of Admissions

Carly Lillo

Coordinator of Admissions

Joan Barrett

Administrative Assistant

Beckham Lindon

Administrative Assistant

Erik Bennett

Financial Aid Director

Carrie Curtin

Admissions Screener

Beth Foltman

Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management

Robin McDonough

Coordinator of Admissions

Christine Ortiz

Administrative Assistant