School Profile

The Winston School is a coeducational, college preparatory, independent day school located in Del Mar. The Winston School today enrolls 115 students in grades 6-12. The student-faculty ratio is 8 to 1 and the average class size is 9.5.


The Winston School was founded in 1988 by a group of visionary pediatricians, led by Dr. John Richards, and parents in the San Diego, California area who realized that the needs of many bright children who learned differently were not being met in traditional settings.


The Winston School allows students to lead successful and happy lives by lifting spirits, challenging minds and cultivating creativity.

Accreditation and Certification

The Winston School is accredited by the Western Association of Colleges and Schools and is certified by the State of California Department of Education.


The Winston School is an independent, non-sectarian school governed by a Board of Directors. There are 5 trustees whose current president is Laura Cunitz.


As a college preparatory school, the curriculum has been developed to reflect that central purpose of the mission. Honors courses are offered in English. Individual students are offered the opportunity to take Advanced Placement exams whenever they demonstrate preparation for study at the college level in a given discipline. Spanish is offered to fulfill foreign language requirements. Academic and Visual/Performing Arts classes are A-G certified.

Technology and Support Services

Students have access to iPads and software to support academic requirements in the classroom. If contractually agreed, Winston offers counseling, speech and language and occupational therapy on site. Tutorial classes are offered to help students focus on completing work. Students can also receive extra help in Saturday School.

Visual and Performing Arts Program

Winston emphasizes the development of creativity by offering electives in Art, Music, Drama and Digital Media. Regular assemblies bring professional performers to inspire student efforts, and local artists display work in Winston’s public spaces.

Athletic Program

The Winston School offers varsity softball and basketball and competes with other area schools during the regular school day. PE is available as an elective, and credit is accepted for appropriately supervised outside programs.

Activity Program

All students participate in an activity program; its offerings have included photography, dog-walking, intramural sports, chess, cooking, gingerbread construction, musical composition, gardening, American Sign Language, mural painting and fashion design.

WorkAbility Program

Students who qualify may participate in the WorkAbility Program, which affords a first paid work experience and provides students with other training helpful in the working world.

Graduation and College Matriculation

95% of Winston School graduates are accepted to two- or four-year colleges. Among the colleges they have recently attended are: Berklee School of Music, California College of the Arts, Cal Poly Pomona, Catholic University of America, Linfield College, Point Loma Nazarene University, Roanoke College, San Diego State University, Sweet Briar College, Tuskegee University, University of California, Santa Cruz, University of San Diego, and Whittier College.

Graduation Requirements

Students must earn a minimum of 44 semester credits in grades nine through twelve to graduate; 30 of these credits must be in academic courses. The minimum requirements in each discipline are:

English – 4 years
Science – 3 years (2 lab sciences)
History – 4 years
Mathematics – 3 years (including Algebra I and Geometry)
Fine Arts – 1 year
Physical Education – 2 years
Foreign Language – 1 year (or 1 year Fine Arts; 1 sem. Practical Arts)

College Entrance Requirements

College entrance requirements vary; it should be understood that meeting the high school graduation requirements described above does not guarantee entrance to specific colleges.

Grading Scale and Policy on Class Rank

Grade Range Quality Points
A 93-100 4.0
A- 90-92 3.7
B+ 87-89 3.3
B 83-86 3.0
B- 80-82 2.7
C+ 77-79 2.3
C 73-76 2.0
C- 70-72 1.7

The Winston School does not report class rank. Because the senior class size is small, the school believes that class rank is not a meaningful predictor of a student’s college performance.

Average Test Scores

Students applying to four-year colleges

  • SAT CR: 566
  • SAT MATH: 539
  • SAT WR: 521

Representative College Acceptances

Berklee School of Music
California College of the Arts
California Polytechnic University, Pomona
California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
California State University, Bakersfield
California State University, Channel Islands
California State University, Chico
California State University, Dominguez Hills
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, Long Beach
California State University, Monterey Bay
California State University, Northridge
California State University, Sacramento
California State University, San Bernardino
California State University, San Marcos
California State University, Stanislaus
Humboldt State University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Sonoma State University
Catholic University of America
Concordia University- Minnesota & Oregon
Daniel Webster College
Drexel University
Evergreen College
Farleigh Dickinson University
Landmark College
Lewis & Clark College

Linfield College
Lycoming College
Mills College
Mitchell College
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Montana State University
Mount St. Mary’s College
New Mexico State University
Point Loma Nazarene University
Portland State University
Randolph College
Roanoke College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rocky Mountain College
Seattle University
Southern Oregon University
Sweet Briar College
Tuskegee University
University of California, San Diego
University of Colorado
University of Nebraska
University of Redlands
University of San Diego
University of San Francisco
University of South Dakota
Utah State University
Westmont College
Whittier College

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