The Willows Community School is celebrating 25 years of educating children through a balanced yet demanding progressive curriculum rooted in experiential learning and social values. The School is also renewing its commitment to our local, national, and global communities. The yearlong celebration marking this milestone will include a 25th Anniversary Speakers Series open free to the public, featuring the return of three of our most popular speakers: Marc Brackett, Ph.D., Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, on October 15, 2019; Frank Bruni, New York Times Op-Ed columnist on December 9, 2019; and Madeline Levine, Ph.D., Psychologist and Educator, on February 24, 2020.
“The name The Willows honors a tree with strong roots that grows quickly, whose branches bend but do not break,” explains Founding Head of School Lisa Rosenstein. “This spirit lives on in our community today as the foundation of our philosophy and our school credo: all things are possible. Our founders forged our first community. This year will be a call to action to take our community into the world to celebrate all people and to see the world with new perspectives recognizing what connects us to people everywhere.”
On September 18, 1994, The Willows first opened its doors to 93 students in a single building. Now 25 years later, The Willows has evolved into one of the most desirable schools in Los Angeles, extending across a 4.0 acre, six-building campus with a Multi-Purpose Field currently in development, and educating 474 students from 58+ zip codes throughout the Los Angeles area.
To learn more about The Willows’ past 25 years please visit www.thewillows.org.
About The Willows: The Willows Community School, located in Culver City, California, is a Developmental Kindergarten through 8th grade independent school enrolling 474 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.
Culver City Residents who are Faculty and Staff at The Willows Celebrating The Willows 25thAnniversary: Ron Chandra, Jen Chyi, Lisa Rosenstein, Head of School, Marc Weiss, Susannah Funnell, Nori Curtis, and Jean Magers.