Welcome

Teaching and Guiding Students

Westchester Country Day School is a college preparatory school teaching and guiding students in grades PK-12 to strive for excellence in moral and ethical conduct, academics, the arts, and athletics. The environment is one of mutual respect, and nurturing from students, teachers, faculty, and parents focused on a common vision of defining excellence.

We develop in children an enthusiasm for learning that leads to elevated academic performance and the achievement of their full potential.

We think that children deserve a classroom environment in which they feel eager to engage and contribute. When students view learning as a joyful, lifelong process, they will grow and blossom. Westchester is a place where our students learn how to respond to the challenges of today and the planning for tomorrow. Our current student body, as well as alumni, are contributing members of their communities in a great variety of areas.

We have filled our broad, liberal arts-based academic program with an outstanding variety of enrichment opportunities to give students the tools for achieving moral, academic, artistic, athletic, and personal success. Westchester students are encouraged to explore service and leadership opportunities within the school, community, and their world.

The Westchester vision is to provide a safe and caring environment to “grow” our students into tomorrow’s leaders. Our students have the knowledge, courage, and perseverance to meet life’s challenges.

One hundred percent of our seniors are accepted to four-year colleges and universities, and our graduates receive a variety of scholarship offers every year.

Accreditation and Memberships

In addition to membership in the AdvancED/Southern Association of Colleges & Schools (SACS) and Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), Westchester and its Administration hold membership in the following organizations:

  • College Entrance Examination Board
  • National Middle School Association
  • Council for the Advancement in Support of Education
  • North Carolina Association of Independent Schools
  • Educational Records Bureau
  • North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association
  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • School Scholarship Service
  • National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls
  • Southern Association of Independent Schools
  • National Honor Society
  • Triad Association of Non-Public Schools

History

WCDS began as Westchester Academy in 1967 when a small group of parents who wanted to provide their children with the best possible education established the school. Through a generous donation of land, the school is located on a 53-acre country setting west of downtown High Point and within 20 minutes of Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro and downtown Winston-Salem.

Organized in three distinct divisions, the Lower School (PK-5) enrolls students in a traditional elementary program that utilizes a variety of experiential learning activities. The Middle School (6-8) includes a departmental program with a wide variety of enrichment programs. The Upper School (9-12) offers 15 Advanced Placement classes with 100% of the students attending college. All students at Westchester are provided with ample opportunities to engage in music, arts, athletics, and clubs.

Westchester currently offers 27 sports teams and is a Division 2A member of the North Carolina Independent School Athletic Association. Our varsity teams participate in the Triad Athletic Conference and Middle School teams participate in the Triad Middle Athletic Conference.

There are 75 faculty members with an average of 17 years experience. Described by many parents, alumni and students as “exceptionally dedicated,” over 42% of the faculty have advanced degrees.

Campus

There are seven buildings on a 53-acre campus with outdoor areas which include soccer fields, baseball complex, basketball courts and a playground. The Lower School houses the primary classrooms, as well as an art room. Visitors to campus will be drawn to the Finch Center which houses the main gymnasium, along with world language and science labs. Administrative offices connect to the Upper School building which houses the humanities classrooms. The Middle School classroom building connects with Rives Hall which houses the cafeteria, auditorium, and music and art classrooms. The recently renovated library houses a collection of nearly 12,000 volumes as well as flex space and is located adjacent to the Lower School and administrative building.