Admissions Process

Lower School Process

1. Visit the School

Visiting our school is a required component of our admissions process. The tour is a terrific opportunity to see The Willows in action –- you’ll visit our state-of-the-art facilities, observe classes in session, and hear directly from teachers about our philosophy and curriculum. Tours are held on weekday mornings throughout the fall and are led by current Willows parents. You’ll also have a chance to meet our Head of School and ask any questions that you may have.

Tours are held on weekday mornings

Each tour begins at 9:30 am and ends at approximately 12:00 pm. For upcoming tour dates, please see the calendar under admissions.  To sign up for a tour, please submit an online inquiry at www.thewillows.org/page/Inquiry-Form.

2. Complete an Online Application

Please complete our online application. The application deadline for the 2017-2018 school year for DK-5th is December 16, 2016. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We are here to help you through the admissions process!

3. Schedule an Interview

After attending a tour and submitting an application, prospective parents meet with Kim Feldman, the Director of Admissions or another member of the Admissions team. This is an opportunity for parents to discuss their children, share information, and ask questions they may have about the school. Please do not bring your child to this appointment.

4. Student Visits

For students applying to Developmental Kindergarten and Kindergarten, we schedule preschool visits so we can observe children in their own learning environments where they are already comfortable and familiar with the routine. The school schedules preschool visits directly with the preschool. These visits usually take place in February. We also have a visiting day at The Willows for children who, for a variety of reasons, we are unable to see at their current school. Students who are applying for grades 1–5 spend a half-day at The Willows. They participate in the regular daily routine at their current grade level. This gives us an opportunity to see your child in a classroom environment, interacting with teachers and peers. Students also spend approximately half an hour during their visit in a one-on-one meeting with a teacher to complete an informal assessment. The school will call to schedule student visits after the winter break.

5. Other Requirements

In addition to the application, we require the following materials:
  • For Developmental Kindergarten and Kindergarten: Preschool Evaluation Form filled out by the preschool. This form is sent directly from The Willows to the preschool.
  • For grades 1–5: Student Evaluation Form filled out by the applicant's current teacher and sent directly to The Willows. This form can be found online under supporting application materials and forms.
The Willows Community School subscribes to a policy of equal opportunity with respect to employment, participation in available programs, and access to schools and student services. All individuals without regard to race, color, religion, natural origin, age, sex or disability are provided equal employment opportunities and access to programs administered under the auspices of The Willows Community School.


The Willows  |  A DK-8 independent school serving greater Los Angeles.
8509 HIGUERA STREET
CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA 90232
PHONE 310 815 0411 FAX 310 815 0425