"We are best known for balanced, progressive program."
Students enrolled 435
School leader Lisa Rosenstein
Transportation options None
After school Yes

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8509 Higuera St
Culver City, CA 90232

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(310) 815-0411
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4 stars
Based on 37 ratings

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September 12, 2014
Bravo to The Willows Community School for mainstreaming kids from Park Century into your Middle School. I have a son in the 7th grade at Park Century and was happy to hear that a student in his class is being mainstreamed into the Willows 7th grade this year. The fact The Willows is now taking our kids, and creating specialized programs for them so that they can take advantage of The Willows extracurricular programs while receiving ed therapy creates an exciting option for kids with learning challenges. Choices for these students are limited in Los Angeles, and The Willows can expect a big bump in middle school tours and applications with this new policy.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2014
My child is in the 8th grade at the Willows and we have been there since elementary school. Say what you want about the school, but my child has learning differences and the school has been great about involving tutors and ed therapists throughout my child's time at the school. The Willows seems to have an unusually high percentage of kids with learning challenges, and they do an excellent job of accommodating them. I have heard complaints from parents with children who don't have challenges that feel their kids are bored. We are lucky, through attrition, to have a very small grade and my child gets lots of personal attention. If your child has learning differences, this would be a great school for you.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
Our boys go to The Willows and look forward to going to school each day and they are happy when they come home. They have LOVED all of their teachers. The teachers are the core of the school and they have an amazing connection with the kids and with each other. The students are constantly learning and so are the teachers - always approaching education with a fresh perspective and always thinking of new ways to engage the kids. Willows is dynamic - always forward thinking and willing to try new things. This energy and love for learning is shared throughout the school and passed onto the kids. The kids are EXCITED to learn, they are learning at the perfect pace, are in a comfortable environment and the teachers are absolutely on top of it - taking as much care with the student's social/emotional learning as they do with the academics. The faculty and Head of the School are equally incredible. As parents, we have many opportunities to have our voices heard, whether it is a concern or an idea. The entire school is absolutely committed to your family and your child's education. It truly feels like an extension of your family when you go to The Willows.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
I am a current parent and alumni parent of The Willows. I was brought to the school through the search of a middle school and fell in love with the program, faculty, staff, administration, curriculum and community that we decided to enroll all 3 of our children! The middle school is unlike any other. The kids are provided tools to become independent thinkers, develop their own voice, reach outside their comfort zone all in a safe, positive and encouraging environment. My 9th grader has lifelong friends, high academic skills and amazing memories from The Willows. Reading some of the remarks about bullying in middle school is totally unrealistic. I have been very involved in the middle school for the past 4 years and the administration and faculty are on top of any issues that arise in that area. The kids are given the skills to handle conflict and seak help when needed. I have seen first hand action taken immediatly by teachers and administrators when the occurance of a kid being "mean" seldom happens. We are also experiencing the same positive, engaging, dynamic curriculum and warm. loving environment in the lower school. The Willows is a gift to our children.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
This is really a special school. We have been here for 7 years and I am so deeply sad that there will be a day when my children are not at The Willows. The new campus is stunning and a wonderful physical extension of the extraordinary program. The teachers are inspired and inspiring. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2013
I am an alumni parent. Both of my children attended the school and had an excellent experience. They have gone on to be passionate, directed, engaged young adults. The Willows provided them with a wonderful academic program preparing them for success in high school and college. In my experience the administration was very responsive to behavioral issues and worked in partnership with the parents to resolve social issues. The school also offered ongoing opportunities for discussion with the administration. Not every school is right for every family but that doesn't mean there is something wrong with the school or the family. Rather then blame the school(s) families should seek an environment that will suit their child's needs.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2013
I would encourage the family who wrote the previous post to contact the administration and work with them to resolve the situation. It seems unlikely a school would give a child "free reign" to mean. My experience at the school has been only positive and when issues have come up the administration has worked with us. Part of growing up is dealing with different personalities and situations. As a parent I want my child to have the tools to deal with difficult situations and The Willows, despite what the previous post states, does not find "mean behavior" acceptable.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
From a students perspective, I have gone to this school for 10 years. The willows has taught me how to spread my wings and they have helped me take my next big step in life. Willows is different, and yes It may have some flaws but every school does. There is no such thing as a perfect school with perfect teachers and what not. When you grow as an adolescent at this school, you learn stuff about yourself and you grow both as a person and a student. I don't regret going to this school, if you ask teachers for help they will help, it may be different for parents but as a student I really have enjoyed my years here.

- submitted by a community member
August 19, 2013
I went to The Willows K through 8th, and I am now going to be in 11th grade at Wildwood. I had a great time at Willows, but it did not prepare me for high school. I left Willows with good grades, but have realized that I wasn't taught a lot of important stuff. My other Willows friends are also having a hard time at other schools. Kids at Crossroads, Brentwood, Campbell Hall and Oakwood are all having a hard time catching up. I should mention that we don't have learning issues. This is important because the Willows takes in a lot of kids with learning issues. I did love going to the Willows, but most of us Willows grads are freaking out over our high school grades and how they are going to affect us getting into a good college. I have never posted anything like this before, but thought that other parents should know about this.

- submitted by a community member
January 07, 2012
My two children have attended the Willows Community School for the past five years. They love their teachers and classmates. Both kids are thriving academically and are growing into kind, responsible people. We were looking for a community and have found it at The Willows -- from the daily interactions with the children and faculty, as well as the school-wide activities throughout the year. If I could turn back the clock, I'd enroll myself!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2011
My husband and I toured many schools in Los Angeles when we were looking for an elementary school for our daughter. After doing our due diligence we found The Willows to be the best fit for our family. Our daughter is now in 4th grade and we have been very happy with the school thus far. The teachers are exceptional. They are committed to the learning process and are able to teach in a nurturing way that has allowed our daughter to grow not just as a student but as a person. She is excited to go to school every day. The students have an air of self-confidence and poise from the DK to the Middle school. A recurring thought that my husband and I have had, since we first toured the school, is that if we were kids this is the place we would want to be!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2011
Our daughter has been at The WIllows for four years and has been thriving! Everyday, she engages in creative, inspiring, and thought provoking lessons... and she adores her teachers and fellow students. The administration is always available and interested in discussing your child's individual strengths, and areas for improvement - both academically and socially. This year, our second child started at The Willows and she, too, has exploded with love and enthusiasm for learning. We feel incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to send our kids to The Willows - and we know that the confidence and work ethic they're getting from the school will follow them far into the future.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2011
We've been at the Willows for 6 years and I have had a very different experience regarding bullying at the school. There is a zero tolerance policy towards bullying and the way the school intercedes is very age appropriate. In the lower grades, there is a lot of modeling and discussion with the children in how to treat each other. Teachers & administration absolutely provide plenty of guidance while empowering the children to find their voice and develop the skills to resolve conflicts on their own. The school emphasizes kindness and inclusion.... This has been ingrained in my 3 kids. My daughter was targeted in a "mean girl triangle" and I found the teachers & administration amazingly responsive and sensitive in dealing with the situation with all parties. In addition, the education my children have received has been amazing. The curriculum is very well planned and thought out. Programs are implemented if they strengthen the curriculum, not because they are trendy. And I can't say enough about the teachers. In the 6 years we have been at the school, we've never had a teacher that was less than excellent. These teachers truly get to know your kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2011
My two children at The Willows both love their school, their teachers and their classmates. The teachers are wonderfully intelligent and caring. They inspire and engage the kids on a daily basis. The school has a supportive community of parents and an extremely accessible administration. My kids are thriving and come home happy everyday. We are so pleased to belong to such a nurturing community.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2011
This school has a bullying problem each year due to a general lack of supervison and care. Teachers often sit and talk to eachother during recess and staff during pick-up time is scanty. As a result, children fight and treat each other meanly. Values like friendship and kindness are not emphasized. The idea is for them to work everything out themselves. Discipline is punitive rather than instructive. If you bring an issue up to administration your kid will be targeted and you may be asked to leave the school. So if your kid is not an alpha dog or mean girl...And all for 25-30k per

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2011
The Willows has been a warm and inspiring community for my whole family. My child had some issues and the entire staff including the head of school worked very closely with me to identify the issues and make sure that he got the help he needed in and out of school. He is really thriving and loves to go to school everyday. Lisa Rosenstein is a passionate founder of the school and a true visionary. When I have volunteered at the school and have worked closely with Kim and many of the faculty and staff, I have found everyone who works there to be inspired and they take great pride in their work and the school. It is a true working and warm community. There is a wide range of socioeconomic diversity, but a beautiful thing about The Willows, unlike other private schools, is nobody knows how much money anyone has because there, the economic wealth of a family is not their greatest virtue. Every family needs to find the perfect match for them. The Willows has been that for us and all the families we know that attend. I feel so fortunate and grateful.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
My son is in his second year at the Willows and I could not be happier. The teachers he has had have been nothing short of fantastic. They have each been fun, enthusiastic, creative and warm. When my son comes to school, they greet him like they are genuinely thrilled to see him. Although there are some very wealthy families, there is no snobby vibe, no designer clothes or handbags on gaudy display at parent events, and there are plenty of "normal" families to counteract the wealth. In addition to the regular curriculum, my son enjoys music, art, science, gardening, p.e., poetry & library visits every week. Although it is expensive to attend private school, I feel that the money is well spent because they are fostering a love of school & learning that is priceless.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2010
My son eneterd the school in the first grade and stayed for one year. I would say the quality of education was good ,and similar to public charter schools that he has attended. The promise of continuity of teachers between first and second grade fell through as both first grade teachers resigned at the end of year. Like most previous reviewers, my biggest challenge was with the administration and specifcally the principal who lacked flexibility and understanding of how to deal with a student going through adjustment. So, if your kid is not a 100% comformist, save your self a year of aggrevation and $20K and look somewhere else,

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2010
The Willows is a good school, however, it is not a fit for everyone. My child entered the school in the middle of the elementary year sequence and had a bit of a time adjusting. Like the previous poster, the administration lacked sensitivity and focused on problems rather than uplifting and enhancing the strengths. I think this school is great for children who are relatively average and not into breaking the status quo. In addition, the location of the school is less than ideal, it's smack in the middle of an industrial area, no lawns and the parking horrendous/non-existent, making it a nightmare to attend school functions.

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February 10, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2009
I, like the previous poster, am a student in the middle school at The Willows, and I too can say that the education has been stellar. I have had the time of my life as a student here. I started at Willows as a shy, tentative kindergardener, and I will graduate as a confident student fully prepared for high school. I am extremely thankful for my Willows experience.

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November 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2009
My daughter attended the middle school and was fortunate to have exceptional teachers. Use of technology is excellent preparation for the future. Nice group of kids. The head of the middle school was phenomenal; unfortunately, he left after last year. As referenced in the comments below, administration is certainly not warm and fuzzy. If your child doesn't fit the mold, it can be a problem.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 01, 2009
Great families and a sense of community ,but must agree with prior comment found adm. lacking the sensitivity needed to make children who might have learning differences not feel like they are a problem. All experiences are different and need to be honored.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2009
Our child attended this school for several years. He was labeled a 'problem' student in kindergarten by both his teacher and the principal. It turned out the real problem was he was extremely smart. Though he had some very kind and good teachers at this school, in general the school's response to our child was to treat him as a problem, rather than to address his abilities and keep him engaged at his level. This is definitely not the school for children who are very bright. When we moved our child to a more traditional school, he was much happier and much more intellectually engaged-- he thrived. I'd add that Lisa Rosenstein sets a cool, distant and somewhat inflexible tone for much of the administration here. This is not a warm, fuzzy bunch of women.

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November 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 12, 2006
We are very happy with the school. With respect to the prior comments about the admissions director: She runs hot and cold. Some days she's warm & fuzzy; other days she's all attitude. But it's just her. It doesn't reflect the overall positive atmosphere at the school.

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May 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
Amazing. The school curriculum is deep and expansive. Children are encouraged to explore through various modalities. Art is critical in the early stages and has made an positive impact on my son's fine motor skills. The regular inclusion of phys ed and music as standards in the curriculum are a plus. Very friendly towards families of color...Apply!

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
We have two children at this school and we have had a wonderful experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
This is a wonderful school. I searched for the school that was the best fit for my kindergartner and our family. This is it. The curriculum is rigerous and engaging, and my daughter loves her opportunities in art and music. She is a member of the elementary chorus and not only thrives in her art classes at school, but she has participated in after school art classes that have been challenging and fun. She is currently in a musical theatre production of 'The Little Mermaid,' Yoga, and a magic and math enrichment class. The Willows has provided us all with a level of involvement that we feel comfortable with. There is gardening and class photography which allow parents to be a part of class activities without us interfering with the regular happenings of the actual classroom. Evey school has something wonderful to offer its students and The Willows is perfect for us.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
This is an excellent school - we have been very happy here. The administration and staff and very responsive and truly know each child so they can deal with their individual strengths and needs

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2005
This is a great school. The academics are great, the teachers are wonderful and the art is excellent! Teachers are wonderful, but just a bit expensive.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2005
The Willows has been a wonderful experience for our family. My children have obtained a complete joy of learning that has made the investment totally worthwhile.

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May 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2004
The Willows offers a fantastic education and a wonderful community for both child and parent. My son loves the Willows, his teachers, and his classmates. The teachers are top notch, caring, interactive, bright, and responsive to parental interaction. The administration is excellent! The admission's director is very helpful, understanding, and straightforward in explaining what the Willows is looking for. The head of school is dynamic and is constantly striving to improve both the school and the educational experience. Compared to other private schools on the westside this school is not snobby and has a great deal of diversity! One of the greatest strengths of the school is the sense of community. Both student and parent are encouraged to participate in both our community of learning as well as the larger society. When our daughter finishes pre-school we look forward to her joining her brother! It doesn't get much better than this.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 15, 2004
My daughter has not yet started kindergarten, but we are enrolled for this fall. I am writing only to say I felt the complete opposite from the other parent who commented on the school's admissions director. In fact, one of the reasons I felt so welcome was the fact that I did get that 'warm and fuzzyzz' experience in my interview. I did not experience a snobbery from her at all. In fact, I was the one making judgements of all the schools and admissions directors I interviewed with, and this admissions director was one of the ones who made me feel most comfortable. So interesting that I had a completely different experience than this other parent. I will write again after our first year to update all but thought it important to write as I vehemently disagreed with the previous opinion.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2004
My son is getting a good enough education at the Willows. But there is very little diversity at the school, economic or racial. The admission's director is off-putting to potential applicants. Her attitude is beg me to let you kid in; not we would love to have your child at our school. No warm and fuzzy interviews. I had to get past the snobbery and decide to enroll my child based on good reports about the school from friends.

- submitted by a parent
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The Willows Community School
8509 Higuera St, Culver City, CA  90232
(310) 815-0411
Last modified The Willows Community School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Willows Community School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top