Westchester Country Day School

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Westchester Country Day School
Location
High Point, North Carolina, USA
Information
Type Country Day School
Motto "Mens Sana in Corpore Sano"
Religious affiliation(s) none
Established 1967
Head of School Cobb Atkinson
Faculty 55
Enrollment 419 (2009-2010)
Student to teacher ratio 7:1
Campus Rural, 53 acres (0.21 km2)
Mascot Wildcat
Annual tuition $13,125
Website

Westchester Country Day School, formerly called Westchester Academy, is an independent, nonsectarian school that is situated just outside of High Point, North Carolina, USA.

After an interim period with Jim Cantwell in the 2009-2010 school year, Cobb Atkinson, the former Headmaster at the Valwood School, was hired as the permanent Head of School in July 2010.

Notable features[edit]

  • The school was founded in 1967 making it the oldest Kindergarten-12 independent school in the Piedmont Triad.
  • In 2003-2004 the school won the Wachovia Cup, a medal that goes to the school with the strongest athletic program in its classification in North Carolina.
  • It has a weather station which is frequently used by WFMY and can be accessed via Weatherbug.
  • Over fifty percent of the teaching staff hold advanced degrees (Doctorate, Masters, etc.).
  • One hundred percent of all Westchester graduates are accepted into college.
  • The class of 2010 included 29 graduates with a total of $1.3m in scholarship offers, averaging approximately $44,800 per student.
  • The school has taken many trips to foreign countries including England, Costa Rica, Ireland, Wales, Italy, Germany, Puerto Rico, France, Scotland and many others.
  • The school added a PK in the fall of 2012

Arts & Athletics[edit]

  • Community service starts in fifth grade and can be continued throughout the twelfth grade.
  • Music, technology, and art are mandatory classes through eighth grade. In the middle school, students learn to play a different instrument each year:
  • sixth grade - keyboard (piano).
  • seventh grade - recorders
  • eighth grade - guitar
  • Sports at Westchester include: basketball, golf, volleyball, tennis, track & field, cross country, swimming, soccer, softball, baseball and cheerleading.

Men's basketball[edit]

In recent years, the Wildcats Mens' Basketball team has been extremely successful, acquiring a 55-3 record over the past two seasons (.948) and won the Triad Athletic Conference Championship two years in a row. Home games regularly sell out the Finch Center, resulting in standing-room only crowds. Most games are videotaped by the professional videographers of hoopmixtape.com and oneentertainmenthoops.com, both of which are companies who videotape strong High School Basketball programs in the South. The Wildcats have been recognized by the national media, most notably ESPN's SportsCenter, twice in the past two seasons, both for acrobatic dunks during games. The first, which occurred in January 2009, was a double alley-oop, where Georg Wolff lobbed the ball to Deuce Bello, who then again lobbed it to Ike Nwamu who dunked the ball. In 2010, Deuce Bello performed a between-the-legs dunk during a game, a feat that is very rarely achieved, and was interviewed by SportsCenter's Jay Harris.

Facilities[edit]

There are now six buildings on the rural campus, the largest, and newest, being the Finch Center, which includes Foreign Language, a computer lab, science, and health rooms. It also includes a basketball court.

There are two gymnasiums, three basketball courts, lighted soccer and baseball fields including indoor batting cages, and a practice soccer field.

Famous alumni[edit]

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Coordinates: 35°58′25″N 80°05′14″W / 35.9737°N 80.0873°W / 35.9737; -80.0873