Upper Elementary @ The Willows

OUR WILLOWS UPPER ELEMENTARY students grow and learn through the years on a single DK-8 campus in a balanced yet academically challenging, creative environment. We believe, and research supports, that both academic achievement (IQ) and emotional intelligence (EQ) are essential to a student’s education. So, each year of our integrated program is designed to promote both the academic and social-emotional growth of our students.

Our Upper Elementary students are capable, adventurous, and thoughtful. Our third, fourth, and fifth graders grow through these three transitional years into developing leaders and critical thinkers, ready to take on the challenges of middle school with confidence.

Philosophy & Goals

Grades three through five are important transitional years in the lives of our students. Pre-adolescence is marked by a yearning for greater independence, and yet students at this stage still need guidance in making wise choices and understanding the needs of people both within their community and beyond.

The goals of the Willows’ Upper Elementary program are:
  • to challenge students and support their growth through an academic program that is rigorous, relevant, and responsive to individual differences
  • to promote an increased sense of independence through encouraging a risk-taking and growth mindset across the curriculum
  • to develop a greater sense of personal responsibility and awareness about their needs within the context of the needs of the community

We strongly believe that communication between parents and faculty helps to foster children’s growth. We keep parents aware of Lower School events through newsletters, evaluations, phone calls, emails, and regular updates on our website.

Our hope is that parents feel well-informed about their child’s school experience and increasingly comfortable in their evolving relationship with their child. We appreciate the support of our parents and look forward to developing strong relationships with them.


Our students develop critical
thinking and problem solving skills
to complement the foundational skills of reading, writing,
and mathematics.
Lisa Rosenstein, Head of 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