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Kindergarteners on the yard posing for a picture at The Willows, a private school in Los Angeles

Mission / Philosophy / Core Values

The Willows Mission Statement

At The Willows, we believe each child brings our community an extraordinary gift: a curious mind, ready to explore and eager to learn. Our mission is to grow that gift by challenging our students to uncover meaning and significance in the world around them and to become capable, confident individuals  who demonstrate character, engagement, and a joyful passion for creative inquiry across a lifetime.

Kindergarten student painting a skyscraper in class at The Willows, a private school in Los Angeles

Our Philosophy

The Willows is committed to a balanced yet demanding progressive curriculum rooted in experiential learning and social values. We teach and model a zest for learning and the courage to take risks. We challenge children to challenge themselves and set high standards for academic excellence, which they pursue with energy and joy. We nurture a sense of compassion and community that begins at home, reinforcing what it means to be a respectful, involved citizen-of-the-world. We believe that great minds grow in a near-infinite variety of ways. In the spirit of the willow tree itself, our “great minds” are flexible, resilient, and beautiful at every stage of development.

Core Values