Willow Bend Academy

Willow Bend Academy is a private school for gifted and talented students, students with special scheduling needs, students who need additional academic support and international students who have not taken or passed the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE).
We accept students in grades 4 through 12 year round.

School Overview

School Type Alternative School
Religious Affiliation Christian
Grades Offered Grades 5-12
Year Founded 1998

Student Body

Total Students 62 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 37%
Students by Grade Willow Bend Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 10:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 8 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $9,300
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $4,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Connie Hayes

School Notes

  • Accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
  • Three diploma plans offered: Honors, College Prep, and General
  • Cultural diverse student body including international students from China, Honduras, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Vietnam
  • Flexible schedule for students deeply involved in activities such as gymnastics, music, and athletics
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School Reviews

I have taught at Willow Bend Academy for 10 years. Over those years, I have seen the program develop into an educational system that can benefit students of all ability levels. The system is uniquely designed for students with educational needs that are not being met in their current situation. At Willow Bend Academy we recognize that the needs of each student are unique. With a small student to teacher ratio (8:1), students spend a good amount of time interacting with their teacher and the teacher works hard to meet each student's specific needs. This school is not a diploma mill. It takes hard work and time on the part of the student. Ensuring that a student is prepared for the next step after high school is one of our primary concerns. If that means working through concepts in a math book slowly and deliberately with a student, that will happen. Since we are mastery based, students are expected to know and understand the concepts being taught before moving forward. This has proven to be frustrating to some students, some of whom have written reviews. In many cases, the students that have marched out the door in anger, return after a few years to thank us for challenging them to be the best person they can in terms of academics, social interaction and emotional health. The faculty and staff at Willow Bend Academy truly care for each student that walks in the door. We strive to provide a caring and accepting environment for students to grow academically and socially.
- Posted by Teacher, 05/12/16
My young daughter attends this fine establishment, and loves it. There is so much cultural diversity and opportunities to expand her worldview. They do i great job of helping her succeed in her struggling areas. They have a test minimum that gives her a set goal and i feeling of accomplishment when completed. The price for the school is reasonable for the excellent services provided. The courses are designed to be individualized for each student. The day is broken up into three parts to achieve maximum success. The short day is in my opinion better than i full day. No time is wasted at this school. I would highly recommend it for anyone. :)
- Posted by Parent, 01/17/15
I think the greatest gift we give our students at Willow Bend Academy is to empower and expect them to take responsibility for their own education. Our school motto "Master Learning, Master Life" is truly ingrained as students set and achieve daily goals and thereby learn time management and life skills that transfer to facilitate success in other areas as well. Our low student / teacher ratio affords us the luxury of addressing the individual academic and scheduling needs of each of our students. Our individually paced program and customized approach to education makes this a very effective and efficient educational model - for athletes, actors, musicians, international, or intellectually gifted and challenged students alike. Come and see for yourself the positive difference WBA can make in the life of your child.
- Posted by Administrator, 12/11/12

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The average acceptance rate in Denton County, TX is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).