Willowwind School

  • Willowwind offers an independent, progressive elementary school experience with a Montessori based preschool program for children ages 3 through 13.
  • 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.
  • Our mission is to develop in our students curiosity and creativity, self-esteem combined with social consciousness and self-discipline, mastery of academic skills and basic knowledge, and the ability to think and express oneself clearly and constructively.
  • 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.
  • Students generally have one main teacher over multiple years, allowing the teacher 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.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.State or regional independent school association
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-6
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedThrough coordination with Grant Wood AEA.
Year Founded1972
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students134 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
17%
State avg.: 14%
Students by Grade Willowwind School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size14 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesSliding Scale K-6th grade tuition. Limited need based financial assistance may be available through separate application.
% on Financial Aid
10%
Admissions DirectorRachel Butler

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.7 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.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
  • Immersion Spanish, interactive music, integrated art and whole-child based movement curriculum
  • Community based classroom initiatives and service learning opportunities
  • LEED-certified, environmentally conscious learning space with outdoor prairie science lab and garden
  • New in 2013-2014:  1:1 Ipad technology integration within 5th-6th grade class
  • Before and After School Program Extensions, Spring Break & Summer Programming

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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.
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