Wilson’s Story

You don’t always know you have a gift. People said Wilson was special for solving a Rubik’s cube in under a minute. He just thought he was good at puzzles. People said he had amazing confidence on the piano for a five-year-old. He just thought music was fun. His experience at Westbrook Preparatory School taught him that people can have many gifts-and that discovering them within yourself can change every aspect of your life.

Before attending Westbrook, life was different for Wilson at school, where he felt lost, misunderstood, uninterested, and socially out of place. He was down on his luck, longing for focus, friendships, fun, and rediscovering his confidence playing the piano. At Westbrook, Wilson formed new friendships and rediscovered his strength and confidence to excel in both the academic and social worlds.

The nurturing environment at Westbrook continues to drive momentous goals for Wilson – from helping him thrive in school, to preparing him for a successful future career. Wilson landed a position as an IT intern, enabling him to continue following his passion for technology.

Today, he is playing the piano with full confidence, challenging himself with pieces of Chopin and Wagner. He excels in his classes, loves taking part in sports such as the student-staff football competition, and has rediscovered an interest in exciting and eye-opening subjects including computers, cooking, and chess.

“Thanks to SCO Family of Services and Westbrook Preparatory School for being part of my success story,” said Wilson.

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Wilson playing Billy Joel on the piano.


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SCO programs are operating as normal with the following exceptions:

DOE Programs at SCO: Please note that SCO After School programs, Early Education programs, and Transfer High Schools (Bronx Arena Community High School, East Brooklyn Community High School, and North Queens Community High School) are closed through the rest of the 2019-2020 academic school year.

Residential Schools: SCO’s residential campuses remain open. To prevent community spread and promote social distancing, instruction will be modified for students at Westbrook Preparatory School, Madonna Heights School, The Theresa Paplin School, The Christopher School, and The Tyree Learning Center.

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