The Westfield Day School is dedicated to helping children in grades 7 through 12 overcome educational and personal obstacles through a combination of academic and emotional support. Our combined support program set in a friendly, nurturing school environment engages student’s strengths and minimizes the debilitating effects of prior school failure or underachievement. Our motto, “Linking Education and Emotional Support” conveys a sense of purposeful action on behalf of all who come to Westfield for help, regardless of the nature of their difficulties.
All students are encouraged to participate in our mutually supportive school community; a community that is warm, welcoming and interested in what is unique to all of us as individuals and what unites us as human beings.
Westfield offers students a place to reflect. This reflection gives them an opportunity to figure out the best way to complete school tasks and find out who they are and how to utilize that newly found revelation.
Teaching at Westfield Day school is truly rewarding. The therapeutic atmosphere allows for teachers to meet students where they are academically, emotionally and socially. The small group setting enables students to learn at their own pace, in their own unique way.
An advantage that Westfield offers is its small classes, its overall small physical size, and the resulting close and familiar interactions between students and staff. Westfield students are rarely, if ever, outside the orbit of a trained clinical observer, whether they are in or out of the classroom.
Westfield Day School’s individualized program has truly supported my child’s needs academically, emotionally and socially. The teachers have taken the time to learn what works for him and, as a result of their caring and thoughtful nature, he has begun to embrace learning, friendships and happiness. The gentle and kind environment of the school has allowed my son to be available to learn for the first time and he feels comfortable to begin friendships with his peers.Westfield has changed our lives as my son is learning and happy.
The emphasis on teaching as a helping relationship linked with therapy in a supportive environment makes The Westfield Day School unique among the specialty schools in the metro New York area. Please click on the video for testimonials from students and staff.
After the first three periods, there is a lunch break. Students enjoy delicious lunches ordered from the neighboring deli. Kids can be seen playing ball, sitting for a chess game, creating music or art pieces, or just hanging out with their friends.
After lunch there are three more periods with the last period being Physical Education or Group Therapy. In addition to core subjects students may take electives such as music, art, technology and coding. Incorporated in their day twice a week are times to meet with their in school therapist. Students are dismissed to return to their homes in Westchester, Fairfield and Putnam counties. Many are eligible for home-district provided transportation.