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 (2021-22)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Students: 134 students
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-6
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Through coordination with Grant Wood AEA and ICCSD
Year Founded
1972
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
134 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
17%
State avg.: 16%
Students by Grade
Willowwind School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size
14 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

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
10%
Admissions Director
Rachel 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
  • 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
Profile last updated: 09/23/2021

School Reviews

5  
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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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-6
  • Students: 134 students
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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