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First student body class in 1994 at The Willows, a private school in Los Angeles

"IT WAS ABOUT PASSION. YOU CAN NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE PASSION OF PARENTS WHEN IT COMES TO THEIR CHILDREN."

~ GARY YALE, FOUNDER AND MEMBER OF THE WILLOWS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

The Willows Community Seal Logo at The Willows, a private school in Los Angeles

The phenomenal growth of the school’s facilities and programming reflects the commitment of the parent body to the school’s goals and vision. Nowhere is this commitment more apparent than in The Willows fundraising efforts. The school’s Annual Giving Campaign revenues have more than doubled since 2010, and the school consistently receives 99-100% participation in its annual fundraising efforts from parents, trustees, faculty, and staff. The 2014-2015 20th Anniversary Greening & Growing Campaign raised over $200,000 in increased gifts to Annual Giving to make the enhancement of the outdoor green space possible.

In an amazing 21 years, the school’s student body increased from 106 to 445 students, grades Developmental Kindergarten through Eighth. During this time The Willows achieved a reputation as one of the pre-eminent independent schools in Los Angeles, known for its highly regarded technology program and educational innovations. Several leading national educators, who have spent time at The Willows, are unanimous in their praise of the school’s creative and stimulating learning environment and its engaged, involved students. The Willows received the 2014 and 2015 Culver City Private School Award for Excellence.

A Look Back Through the Years

The O statue on The Willows Yard, a private school in Los Angeles.

The O at the center of our campus is named after our first Willows Parent Association Co-Chair, Lisa Olshansky. It represents community, collaboration, and the partnership between The Willows and all our families.

Willows Students eating on the Yard in The Willows, a private school in Los Angeles, O statue