By 1980, with the economy in a downturn, funding from the local public schools had dried up and the Glenn Kirk School sought to declare its independence both economically and programmatically from the public school districts. Thus, The Winston School was created. The Board sought to form an independent school, free from all state mandates that would experiment freely, innovate and create its own program vision on behalf of Winston students. There was then, as today, a wonderful pioneer spirit of creating and sustaining exemplary programs for the classroom.
Over time, Winston evolved and moved from its adolescence into a mature school community. Former Board members recall, “No one really knew what learning disabilities were all about and Winston was in many ways educating the public…” After a successful decade at the First Presbyterian Church in Summit, Winston moved in 1991 to its present home at 30 East Lane, Short Hills, New Jersey.