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WINDWARD S C H O O L

Head of School: Thomas W. Gilder Assistant Head of School, Strategic Partnerships: Kevin Newman knewman@windwardschool.org Director of Upper School: Peggy Procter Co-Directors of College Counseling: Molly Branch mbranch@windwardschool.org

Profile 2013-2014

Jill Gully jgully@windwardschool.org

A DYNAMIC EDUCATION. A NURTURING COMMUNITY.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Windward was founded by educator Shirley Windward in 1971 as a coeducational, non-profit, independent college preparatory day school enrolling students in grades 7 through 12. Its mission statement calls on teachers, parents and administrators to work together to encourage each student to be responsible, caring, well informed, ethical and prepared. Located in West Los Angeles, Windward draws its student body from the diverse population of Los Angeles. Admission is highly selective, with the school attracting motivated and talented students in academics, the performing and visual arts and athletics. Windward is accredited by WASC, the Western Association for Schools and Colleges, and is a member of the Global Online Academy, the Cum Laude Society, the National Association of Independent Schools, the College Board, the National Association for College Admission Counseling and the Western Association for College Admission Counseling.

Upper School students must complete a minimum of:

STUDENT BODY • • • •

550 students in grades 7-12; 390 in the Upper School 88 students in the class of 2013-14 26% students of color Windward School has committed more than $2.3 million to financial aid in an effort to ensure a socio-economic diversity among its students. • Average class size: 18

FACULTY & ADMINISTRATION • 82 full-time faculty members • 77% percent hold masters degrees • 27% percent hold doctoral degrees

INNOVATIVE PROGRAMS • Founding member of the Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of the world’s leading independent schools whose mission is to translate into online classrooms the intellectually rigorous programs and excellent teaching that are hallmarks of its member schools • Recognized by the International Committee on Academic Integrity with the Campus of Integrity Award • The Windward Institute promotes innovation in education through university partnerships, by exploring learning opportunities beyond the classroom, and by staying on the forefront of technology. • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) and Global Education Curriculum. The Class of 2015 will graduate STEAM and Global Scholars. • Scientific Research Trips, Global Leadership forums, and Student Exchange Programs, including programs to China, Tahiti, Nicaragua, France, Spain, and Guatemala • Experiential and service learning opportunities that include partnering with local elementary schools • VEX and FIRST Robotics programs • Windward Entrepreneurship Network linking students to alumni for senior internships • Currently teaming with Stanford University’s Challenge Success program

• 4 years of English • 3 years of social studies, including U.S. history and world history • 3 years of mathematics, including algebra 2/trigonometry • 3 years of science, including physics, chemistry, and biology • 3 years of the same world language or 2 years each of two world languages • 2 years of visual or performing arts • 2 years of physical education • 20 hours of community service

SAT REASONING TEST (at the end of junior year) Subject

Mid 50%

Mean

Critical Reading

580-680

630

Math

580-680

630

Writing

600-650

650

CLASS OF 2014

ACT

There are 88 students in the Class of 2014.

(at the end of junior year) Subject

Mid 50%

Mean

CLASS RANK

English

27-34

30

We do not rank our students.

Math

26-33

30

PROFILE OF THE CLASS OF 2014 GPA & GRADE DISTRIBUTION

Reading

25-33

29

Science Reasoning

24-32

28

Composite

26-32

29

At the end of junior year: • Highest cumulative GPA: 4.34 • Median GPA: 3.67 • Lowest GPA: 2.55

CALCULATION OF GPA • Traditional A to F, 4.0 grading scale • Grades are weighted in honors and AP courses. We add .5 to each grade of C- or above earned in these courses. • Transcript includes both an end-ofyear GPA and cumulative 9-12 GPA • Grades earned in courses not taken at Windward are included on the transcript; however, only those that fulfill a Windward requirement are calculated into a student’s GPA. • GOA courses are calculated in the GPA. • Both academic and non-academic courses are considered in GPA calculations.

SAT SUBJECT TESTS Subject

Mean

Biology - Ecology

620

Biology - Molecular

670

Chemistry

680

English Literature

630

French

570

Math Level II

660

Spanish

670

U.S. History

610

11350 Palms Boulevard • Los Angeles, CA 90066 • Tel: 310-391-7127 • Fax: 310-398-0869 • www.windwardschool.org • CEEB Code 053323


NATIONAL MERIT

MOST DEMANDING COURSES OFFERED 20 AP and 24 Honors & Advanced courses

Class of 2013

Class of 2014

14 National Merit Commended 2 Semifinalists 2 Finalists 1 National Achievement Scholar

9 National Merit Commended Semifinalists pending 1 National Hispanic Scholar

COURSES • • • •

Trimester system with year-long grades Exceptions to this are semester-length elective courses. Eleventh and twelfth grade students must carry at least five courses. Rigorous Senior Honors Research Seminars that culminate in a substantial college-level research paper

ADVANCED PLACEMENT EXAMS As of 2013, students enrolled in AP courses will no longer be required to take the corresponding exam. AP course enrollment is subject to permission of the department chair. • Windward does not limit the number of AP courses a student may take each year. • The average Windward senior is enrolled in two AP courses. • Truly exceptional students will take three or more their senior year. In May 2013, 179 students took 379 AP exams in 20 subjects.

AP

HONORS & ADVANCED

English

AP Literature

English 12 H, American Voices H

Mathematics

AP Calculus BC, AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics

Precalculus H, Algebra 2/Trig H, Geometry H

Social Studies

AP U.S. History, AP European History, AP Government & Politics: U.S., AP Psychology

Research Seminar H: 20th Century U.S. History, Research Seminar H: Medieval History, Global Studies H

Science

AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Physics B, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Environmental

Biology H, Chemistry H

World Language

AP Spanish, AP French

Mandarin 2, Spanish 4H, French 4H, Spanish 3H, French 3H, Advanced Spanish Literature

Visual & Performing Arts

AP Art History, AP Studio: Drawing & Painting, AP Studio: 2-D Design, AP Studio: 3-D Design

*Advanced Jazz Ensemble, *Dance Company, *Theater 4, *Chromatics

• 89% of the scores were 3 or higher. • 27 AP Scholars, 14 AP Scholars with Honors, 30 AP Scholars with Distinction, 3 National AP Scholars.

*audition-only courses

COLLEGE MATRICULATION The class of 2013, matriculated in 44 colleges in 19 states and Scotland; 100% attended a four-year university (enrollment indicated by an asterisk below). Graduates of the past five years have attended the following schools: The University of Alabama

Claremont McKenna College

Hamilton College

The University of Arizona

Colby College

Harvard University*

Bard College

Colgate University

Harvey Mudd College

Barnard College*

University of Colorado at Boulder* Haverford College

Bates College

Colorado College

Hofstra University

Beloit College

Columbia University

Howard University*

Bennington College

Cornell University

Humboldt State University

Boston College

The Culinary Institute of America Indiana University, Bloomington*

Boston University

Dartmouth College

Johns Hopkins University

Bowdoin College

Davidson College

Kenyon College

Brandeis University

University of Delaware

Lehigh University*

Brown University

DePaul University

Lindenwood University

UC Berkeley*

Drexel University

Loyola Marymount University

UC Irvine*

Duke University*

Loyola University New Orleans

UC Los Angeles*

Elon University

Maryland Institute College of Art

UC San Diego

Emerson College*

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

UC Santa Barbara*

Emory University*

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

UC Santa Cruz

Eugene Lang, New School*

University of Miami

California Lutheran University

Evergreen State University

University of Michigan*

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Franklin & Marshall College*

Middlebury College

Cal State Fullerton

Franklin Olin College of Engineering

University of Missouri Columbia*

Cal State Northridge*

The George Washington University

Muhlenberg College

Carnegie Mellon University

Georgetown University*

New England Conservatory of Music

Chapman University*

Gettysburg College

New York University*

University of Chicago*

Grand View University*

Northeastern University*

University of Northern Colorado* University of Southern California* Southern Methodist University Northwestern University* University of St. Andrews* Oberlin College St. John's College - Santa Fe Occidental College St. Louis College of Pharmacy The Ohio State University Stanford University* University of Oregon Parsons, New School for Design* Swarthmore College Syracuse University* University of Pennsylvania* The University of Texas, Austin Pepperdine University Trinity College Pitzer College Tufts University* Princeton University Tulane University* University of Puget Sound Union College Reed College* University of the Arts, London Rhode Island School of Design Vassar College University of Rhode Island University of Virginia Rice University* Washington University in St. Louis* St. Mary’s College University of Washington University of San Diego* Wesleyan University* University of San Francisco Whitman College* San Jose State University Willamette University Santa Clara University Williams College Santa Monica College University of Wisconsin, Madison* Sarah Lawrence College* The College of Wooster Scripps College Worcester Polytechnic Institute Skidmore College* Yale University*

11350 Palms Boulevard • Los Angeles, CA 90066 • Tel: 310-391-7127 • Fax: 310-398-0869 • www.windwardschool.org • CEEB Code 053323


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