The Willow School was founded 20 years ago with a mission of empowering students to better understand our world and how they can make a difference. At Willow, students are inspired to learn joyfully, to care for the natural world and to practice Aristotelian virtues, which inform every part of the school’s curriculum and community. What truly sets Willow apart is the interweaving of ethics into all aspects of student life for its preschool through eighth graders, as well as the school’s focus on sustainability. Guided by Montessori- and Waldorf-trained teachers, preschool students are fully integrated into the school with access to music and science classes as well as an outdoor forest school education.

“Parents value our commitment to outdoor education with a focus on learning within and about the natural world, our student-centered, experiential learning and our virtues program that forms a shared language and ethos that helps us collectively raise deeply good and ethical children,” says Head of School Francisco Ayala. Students, parents and faculty work closely together to execute the school’s mission and foster a close and deeply connected community. The Willow School fosters mixed-aged social and educational opportunities for middle school students, while twice weekly Morning Gatherings allow the entire school community to come together and reflect on the virtue of the month.

“The Willow School’s mission is to graduate students who believe in themselves as positive change-makers based on a foundation of stewardship, creativity, integrity, curiosity and responsibility,” Ayala says.

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