Philosophy
Middle school is an exciting time, marked by profound cognitive, social-emotional, and physical growth. Adolescents face new challenges and opportunities both academically and socially as they become increasingly independent and able to reflect on their goals and values.

As parents, you, too, face new challenges, finding ways to provide structure and support for your child as he or she negotiates for greater privileges.
The Willows Middle School Program Goals are
  • to foster cognition through an academic program that is both intellectually challenging and relevant to teenagers
  • to nurture the sense of self and develop personal responsibility, empathy, and respect;
  • to strengthen organizational skills that will enable students to approach academic tasks with independence and success.

Assessment and Communication

The faculty strives to help develop a sense of responsibility in middle school students. We encourage students to seek help as often as necessary and to communicate their successes as well as their frustrations.

We also feel that it is important that parents feel able to communicate with the teachers. Parents may send an email or a written note to teachers with any questions or concerns. We hold parent-teacher conferences in February. Parents are always contacted if a conference is necessary prior to February. An effort is also made to call parents when we can share good news about a child’s successes.

Parents receive written evaluations from teachers at the close of each academic semester - at the end of December and June. Each evaluation is comprised of a short descriptive narrative as well as students' class average in each subject. If a child has difficulty in any class, the teacher will contact parents directly.

Highlights of The Willows’ Middle School program include:

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • One-to-One Laptop Program

    The Willows has implemented a 1-1 laptop program in the Middle School, and as a result technology is seamlessly integrated with our academics and arts programs. Our technology curriculum is exciting, relevant, student-centered, and infused with the power of multimedia tools. We pride ourselves on the degree to which our teachers and student use technology as a tool for learning rather than as an end in itself.
  • Single-Sex Classes for Math and Physical Education

    In the Middle School, boys and girls attend separate classes for math and P.E. Research and our own experience have shown that adolescent boys and girls benefit socially and academically from single-gender math learning environments, and we have also found that this structure for P.E. successfully creates a safe space for boys and girls to take challenges and stretch themselves.
  • Intersession

    A highlight of the middle school year is Intersession, which occurs over a three-week period between Thanksgiving and winter break. During this time, students pause their regular studies and meet in multi-age groups to focus on a single theme. Past themes have included The Renaissance, Power, Politics, and The Future. During Intersession, teachers and specialists across disciplines plan and teach together. Reading and writing assignments, hands-on science experiments and various art projects are designed to focus on the common theme.
  • A Focus On Creative Expression

    The culture of The Willows is devoted to tapping into our students’ imaginations and helping each student discover his or her unique talents. We foster creativity in every discipline and believe that an integrated approach to learning helps children make connections and gain a deeper understanding of course materials.
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