EQ + IQ
A balanced approach for a lifelong love of learning.
Willowwind has dedicated itself to a passionate and innovative approach to education since its founding over 45 years ago. At Willowwind, we challenge students and support their growth through an academic program that is rigorous, relevant, and responsive to individual differences.
We encourage independence, risk-taking, and critical thinking across the curriculum and equip our students to approach complex challenges and a changing environment with curiosity, persistence, and leadership. We nurture a sense of respect and compassion and balance academic achievement with the development of social and emotional intelligence, recognizing that that success in the 21st century requires both.
We are proud to develop students who are capable, adventurous, and thoughtful leaders ready to take on middle school and the world with confidence.
Our Montessori classrooms are designed with the learner in mind, beginning with the Art and Practical Life Areas for our youngest learners and extending into Sensorial, Language, Math, Science and Cultural Studies Areas as learning progresses. Students will explore works individually, with friends, or teachers. Our young learners are also engaged in teacher led group activities thoughout the day.
Third & Fourth Grade
Third and fourth grade is a time for great growth when it comes to executive functioning. Students develop increased independence over the course of these years. Students to learn and challenge themselves at their own level through three project-based units each year. Projects are students centered, so the children have ownership of their own education, making decisions and studying their own inquiries.
Curriculum in the Kindergarten classroom helps students develop a better awareness of themselves, as well as how to successfully interact with others. Students learn to take responsibility for themselves, develop good work habits, and complete tasks, helping them to grow personally and academically. Kindergarteners become readers, writers, authors, illustrators, presenters, artists, mathematicians, problem-solvers, leaders, teachers, and friends.
Fifth & Sixth Grade
Fifth and Sixth graders are given opportunities to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Students are expected to work more independently. With teacher scaffolding students are provided chances to develop their responsibility, independence, initiative, reliability, and intrinsic motivation. Teachers push students to the edge of their abilities and expect students to participate fully in this process.
First & Second Grade
First and Second Grade is a time for students to expand upon what it means to be a learner at Willowwind, especially in our own class community. Students develop and strengthen essential life-long skills as a foundation for their time here. Social-Emotional focuses and the building of important work habits are at the forefront of our learning. These themes continue throughout their time here at Willowwind with increased and matured purpose.
Students experience a personalized approach to inquiry as they become more independent and begin to take ownership of their learning. Students gain the knowledge, discipline, and perseverance to be successful in inquiry-based learning.