Westchester Country Day School
|Westchester Country Day School|
|High Point, North Carolina
|Type||Country Day School|
|Motto||"Mens Sana in Corpore Sano"|
|Head of School||Cobb Atkinson|
|Student to teacher ratio||7:1|
|Campus||Rural, 53 acres (0.21 km2)|
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.
- 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
- 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.
In recent years, the Wildcats Men's 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. Another play shown on sportscenter was a play involving Andre Iguodala and westchester graduate Quincy Miller, which can be viewed on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0VfvI2-frI.
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.
- Elizabeth Horton - Miss North Carolina 2006
- Toby Grauel - Professional Basketball Player
- Quincy Miller - Basketball player for the Denver Nuggets
- Deuce Bello - Basketball player for the Missouri Tigers
- Ike Nwamu - Basketball player for the Mercer Bears