Admissions Overview

THE WINSTON SCHOOL of Short Hills encourages applicants and their families to begin the admissions process with two goals in mind. First, we begin the process together by exploring whether the WINSTON program fulfills and matches a child’s needs. Secondly, we initiate the WINSTON partnership between family and school. The partnership ensures success for youngsters who desire a meaningful and compelling school experience.

Open Houses are scheduled each year to introduce families to THE WINSTON SCHOOL. Parents will learn about WINSTON and will have the opportunity to tour the school.

Parents of potential applicants are then invited to set up an initial interview to meet with the Director of Admissions, Anne Buonvino. Prior to this first interview, the Director of Admissions will learn about the applicant, his or her educational needs, and school history. Parents, therefore, must send the most recent psycho-educational evaluation, any other testing and school records prior to this initial meeting, along with a completed application and fee. 

After the parent meeting, if it is determined that the student is a potential match for the program, a second interview is then scheduled with the applicant, his or her family, and the Director of Admissions. During this second visit, the Director of Admissions will briefly test the applicant. When possible, a WINSTON student will meet with the applicant to provide information about student life at WINSTON.  The student and family may also meet with the Head of School.

Finally, the members of the Admissions Committee will review each completed applicant’s file. This committee consists of the Head of School, the Director of Admissions, a faculty member, school psychologist and/or other staff members.

The applicant and family will be notified about the decision as soon as possible with a telephone call from the Director of Admissions, in addition to a formal letter. THE WINSTON SCHOOL does not discriminate in admissions, in administration of its educational policies, in administration of financial aid or athletic and other school administered programs on the basis of gender, race, color, creed national or ethnic origin.