The Willows Community School

  • The Willows Community School, located in Culver City, California, is a Developmental Kindergarten through 8th grade independent school enrolling 435 students annually.
  • Nationally recognized as a balanced, progressive educational leader, The Willows’ strong academic program incorporates experiential learning and thematic instruction into cutting-edge curriculum and integrates technology and the arts into the classroom.
  • At The Willows, we believe each child brings our community an extraordinary gift: a curious mind, ready to explore and eager to learn.
  • Our mission is to grow that gift by challenging our students to uncover meaning and significance in the world around them and to become capable, confident individuals who demonstrate character, engagement, and a joyful passion for creative inquiry across a lifetime.
  • The Willows is strongly committed to financial assistance and seeks a broad-based student body with a diversity of race, ethnicity, economics and learning styles.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1994

Student Body

Total Students425 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
21%
State avg.: 44%
Students by GradeThe Willows Community School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers58 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Willows t-shirt worn Monday thru Thursday)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineDec. 20 / Jan. 30
Yearly Tuition Cost$25,000
Tuition Notes DK-5 $25,700 6-8 $29,300
% on Financial Aid
22%
Admissions DirectorKim Feldman

Sports

Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Dance, Flag Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
DanceFlag Football,
GolfSoccer,
SoftballTrack and Field,
Volleyball

School Notes

  • The Willows Mission Statement
  • At The Willows, we believe each child brings our community an extraordinary gift: a curious mind, ready to explore and eager to learn.  Our mission is to grow that gift by challenging our students to uncover meaning and significance in the world around them and to become capable, confident individuals who demonstrate character, engagement, and a joyful passion for creative inquiry across a lifetime.    
  • Our Philosophy
  • The Willows is committed to a balanced yet demanding progressive curriculum rooted in experiential learning and social values. We teach and model a zest for learning and the courage to take risks.  We challenge children to challenge themselves and set high standards for academic excellence, which they pursue with energy and joy. We nurture a sense of compassion and community that begins at home, reinforcing what it means to be a respectful, involved citizen-of-the-world. We believe that great minds grow in a near-infinite variety of ways. In the spirit of the willow tree itself, our “great minds” are flexible, resilient, and beautiful at every stage of development.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Culver City
    Grades: PK-8 | 381 students
    0.5 miles
    8780 National Blvd
    Culver City, CA 90232
    (310)841-2505
    0.5 PK-8
    381
  • Culver City
    Grades: PK-6 | 175 students
    0.5 miles
    3430 McManus Avenue
    Culver City, CA 90232
    (310)838-2442
    0.5 PK-6
    175
  • Los Angeles
    Grades: K-12 | 725 students
    3.1 miles
    12201 Washington Place
    Los Angeles, CA 90066
    (310)397-3134
    3.1 K-12
    725
  • Santa Monica
    Grades: K-12 | 508 students
    4.7 miles
    3131 Olympic Boulevard
    Santa Monica, CA 90404
    (310)828-5582
    4.7 K-12
    508
  • Culver City
    Grades: 7-12 | 46 students
    2 miles
    10101 Jefferson Blvd
    Culver City, CA 90232
    (310)842-8808
    2 7-12
    46

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