What does it feel like to be part of The Willows’ community?
Teachers, administrators, students, and parents are committed to The Willows’ core values, which you can see in action every day:
The Willows fosters character by emphasizing the development of social and emotional skills hand-in-hand with academic skills. From the earliest grades, children participate in class meetings where they practice conflict resolution, learn how to be a good friend, and discover how to make healthy, well-informed choices as young adults.
The Willows values an academically rigorous, innovative, and balanced curriculum that emphasizes experiential and thematic learning. A thought-provoking, annual school-wide theme is integrated into the curriculum as a springboard for collective thought and community spirit. In the Lower School, classes focus in depth on a particular theme, such as the oceans in second grade or Colonial history in fifth grade, which is integrated with the curriculum. In the Middle School, block scheduling provides extended time periods for teachers to “dig deep” with their curriculum and use hands-on projects to build key skills. Technology is integrated with every aspect of learning at The Willows, with a dynamic “one to one” laptop program starting in the third grade.
The Willows inspires engagement and creative inquiry throughout its program. Creativity is not the sole province of the arts but is fostered in each discipline so children may discover their own voice and realize their own potential.
The Willows nurtures community connections with an intimate, DK-8 program that focuses on the developmental needs of students. There is both a feeling of belonging and an individual sense of wellbeing. Teachers build long-term, collaborative partnerships with students and parents. Meaningful connections happen across grade levels, with programs like Book Buddies, which pairs older and younger students in yearlong mentoring relationships, and community service projects where students face the issues and problems in today’s world with an emphasis on designing solutions.