Willowwind School

Willowwind School is a joyful learning community where children develop their unique potential through child-led inquiry.
Willowwind offers an independent, progressive elementary school experience with a Montessori based preschool program for children ages 3 through 12.
The school was founded in 1972 by a group of educators and parents to provide an innovative approach to education for the Iowa City community.
We believe that children learn best in an atmosphere that provides security, continuity, and high expectations.
A low student-teacher ratio allows teachers to establish informed, caring relationships with students and to meet the specific educational and social needs of each child.
Teachers build relationships that allow them to understand each child intellectually and temperamentally. This close relationship is ideal for responding effectively to a child's work and encouraging constant growth.
At Willowwind, children find the freedom to make mistakes and the courage to move beyond them to their fullest potential.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Enrollment: 134 students
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-6
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Through coordination with Grant Wood AEA and ICCSD
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
134 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 17%
Students by Grade
Willowwind School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
14 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Sliding Scale K-6th grade tuition. Limited need based financial assistance may be available through separate application.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Rachel Butler


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
7 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Creative Movement, Lego League, Spanish

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Running Club

School Notes

  • Personalized, project based learning experiences
  • Small class sizes in diverse, multi-age classrooms
  • Specials Curriculum includes Social Emotional Learning, Visual Arts, Music and Performing Arts, Integrated Art and Physical Education
  • Community based classroom initiatives and service learning opportunities
  • LEED-certified, environmentally conscious learning space with outdoor prairie, green roof, and bioswale
  • 1:1 iPad technology in Grades K/1; 1:1 Chromebook technology in Grades 2-6
  • Before and After School Program Extensions, Spring Break & Summer Programming available
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Willowwind School offer a summer program?
Yes, Willowwind School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
When is the application deadline for Willowwind School?
The application deadline for Willowwind School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
In what neighborhood is Willowwind School located?
Willowwind School is located in the Lucas neighborhood of Iowa City, IA.

School Reviews

My daughter has loved her Summer Program experiences at Willowwind over the last three years. The hands-on, project based approach provides a terrific extension to her interests (especially in art)! I appreciate the small, multi-age classrooms even over the summer; she has developed some great "summer" friendships in addition to her school year peers.
- Posted by

Endorse Willowwind School. Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards
Endorse this school:

Recent Articles

Successful Uses of AI in the Classroom
Successful Uses of AI in the Classroom
Gain insights into striking the right balance between leveraging AI tools and preserving the irreplaceable role of human teachers.
How to Study for an Exam
How to Study for an Exam
Discover proven strategies for high school juniors and seniors to study effectively and excel in exams. From time management techniques to active learning strategies, this article provides essential tips for success. Get ready to boost your grades and conquer your exams with confidence!
Rolling Admissions
Rolling Admissions
Discover why many institutions opt for rolling admissions and how it can offer flexibility and opportunities for applicants throughout the year.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Enrollment: 134 students
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Request Information

Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Johnson County, IA is $12,102 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Johnson County, IA is 93% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

Related School Videos

Quick Links