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Encyclopedia > The Winsor School
The Winsor School
Boston, MA, USA
Religion None
Headmistress Rachel Friis Stettler
Faculty 70
Student:teacher ratio 7.2:1
Type Private
Campus Urban, 7 acres
Athletics 13 sports
35 teams
Motto Sound Mind in Sound Body
Mascot Wildcat
Color(s) Red, White and Navy Blue
Established 1886
Enrollment 428

Founded in 1886, The Winsor School is a girls' college prep school for day students in grades 5-12. The school is located in Boston, Massachusetts and has approximately 428 students representing 57 communities in Massachusetts. The endowment as of July 1st, 2004 was $36,449,233 or $86,783 per student. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Boston redirects here. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... For the film of this title, see Private School (film). ... Cities with at least a million inhabitants in 2006 An urban area is an area with an increased density of human-created structures in comparison to the areas surrounding it. ... Boston redirects here. ...


The Winsor School is dedicated to developing the individual talents of academically promising and motivated girls in grades five through twelve. Its rigorous academic curriculum is complemented by strong offerings in the arts and physical education. The school helps students build a foundation of skills and knowledge to serve as a lifelong base for independent thinking, problem solving, creativity, and wise decision-making.

Winsor students are expected to pursue academic and personal excellence and to show concern and respect for others, for the community of the school, and for the world in which they live. They are encouraged by a dedicated and caring faculty to develop confidence in all areas of study, to express themselves effectively, to become leaders, and to face challenges with courage and integrity.

Committed to diversity in its student body and faculty and to an inclusive curriculum, the school fosters an appreciation of individual and cultural differences along with a recognition of the fundamental interdependence of all people.[1]

More than a century after Winsor's founding, its original goal -- to develop "competent, responsible, generous-minded women" -- remains fresh, valid, and challenging. Winsor has a sister school relationship with both Belmont Hill and Roxbury Latin schools. Belmont Hill School an all-boys preparatory school located on a 23 acre campus in Belmont, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. ... Roxbury Latin School, founded in 1645 and located at 101 Saint Theresa Avenue in West Roxbury, Massachusetts since 1927, is the oldest school in continuous existence in North America. ...


In 1886 The Winsor School opened with 15 students. The school was originally located in two adjoining Beacon Hill townhouses close to the Public Gardens. Mary Pickard Winsor, founder, wanted to prepare women to be self-sufficient and self-supporting, and hoped they would be competent, responsible, and generous-minded. She left a very strong imprint on her school and showed continued interest in it until her death in 1950.

Since moving to a new location in the Fenway area, the school has expanded its facilities over the years, adding a full gymnasium in the 1920s, a science wing in the 1980s, expanding the library more than once, adding classrooms in the 1990s, and, most recently, a new dining hall, classrooms, laboratories, and faculty work space in 2004. There are now 420 students. Seven directors have led the school in its 118-year history, all women, all active and influential in the world of education.


  • Mary Ellen Pickard Winsor - 1886-1922
  • Katharine Lord - 1922-1939
  • Frances Dorwin Dugan - 1939-1951
  • Valeria Addams Knapp ’16 - 1951-1963
  • Virginia Wing - 1963-1988
  • Carolyn McClintock Peter - 1988-2004
  • Rachel Friis Stettler - 2004-present



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