The International Baccalaureate program provides a great curriculum and philosophy of teaching and learning.
The Staff truly is commited to all of us. They have a very effecient Baccalaureate program for our children.
My grandson reads at a level far ahead of his grade. He excels in everything. His natural born intelligence has been enhanced since he began attending Willard elementary School. He thrives in the environmentb the school provides.
Willard is the BEST!!! Everyone there is really dedicated for the kids best interest.....Education!!! The school feels like a family even though you don't know half of the parents or staff.
The teachers are great, I noticed that my kids are learning more and advancing in every class.
The teacher are great! they have a great parent teacher understanding!
Every teacher and principal we have had at Willard is engaged, dedicated and always, always going above and beyond the call of duty to give the kids the best education possible.
My daughter is now in 3rd grade here, and we are thoroughly enjoying both her time and ours at this school. All the teachers & staff that I have gotten to know are stellar examples of their craft - they are incredibly imaginative, creative and have high expectations of their students. They mentor each child according to his/her strengths and struggles, and help provide an excellent social atmosphere that nurtures both the kids' brains and their sensibilities. The curricula are well-balanced for arts, math, science, social studies, languages (all kids are taught Spanish, and ESL kids are immersed in English) and technology, with elective classes mixed in (3rd-5th gr) where kids may follow their own favorite pursuits. All subgroups at this school are expected to excel, and they do. The IB program is integral to the school's approach to learning. Kids learn from the first that they are citizens of the world, and are encouraged to always consider how they can support each other, their school. their community, town, state, country and world, in all areas, including treading lightly on the planet's environment. There is a strong PTA, a parent-teacher Green Team (overseeing environmental, beautification & recycling concerns), Student Council, an ELAC group, School Site Council and an Annual Fund committee - all strong presences on campus. There are several good after-school programs that offer varying levels of homework help, playtime, and social & team activities (not to mention helping parents who need a safe place for their kids to stay until after work). There are lots of fun communal events that take place during the school year where everyone may mingle and learn about different subjects, buy books, take action, or just enjoy a hotdog and a movie! Our families and community partners support and interact with the school to enhance the daily programs. My overall impression is of a big diverse family of people coming together, where everyone gets to know everyone else, and each person involved with the school contributes what they can in the way of skills, materials, knowledge, and especially enthusiasm towards making it a great place to be.
We moved from New York and my son has thrived at Willard and the teachers, kids, and parents have embraced us!
My son just started kindergarten this year and is having a fantastic year. The I-B program really enhances the education. He has a super teacher that takes a very holistic approach to learning. We are extremely grateful to have such a strong public school.
My son has learnd a lot @ Willard E.S he loves going to school there ...
Willard School Is an IB school.It offers good programs for children who do not require much assistance after the second grade. The school does offer a program for the children who are strictly special education,and not mainstreamed.
I have been at Willard elemnentary absorving a 2nd grace class and I was amazed with the quality work of the teacher I observed. The students were engaged and the enviroment was 'truly' fostering learn.
I did very extensive research before signing up my kid at Willard Elementary school. I established my own statistical database to make a more realistic decision to signup my child at a public school or a private school. Willard Elementary school came out very good. In order to observe and experience all aspects in person, last year (FY 2005) I signedup/elected for the school board member. This provided me more info and met all wonderful/highly educated teachers. Within the last few years, this school's academic standing (state wide rating)has improved significantly and today is one of the best public elementary school within the vacinity. Higher GATE students, high quality classrooms, high educated teachers (BS, MA, DD, etc.) and very computer oriented classrooms. As a father and an aerospace scientist and a part time evening teacher at local universities, I grade them very high and admire them. Thanks, SAS
I have found that this school provides quality academic instruction as well as music and foreign language oppportunities to all students. My child has enjoyed the 'electives' portion of the curriculum--he's allowed to choose and pursue an interest (such as science).
Willard is becoming a model for the rest of the schools in PUSD. Outstanding teachers, friendly staff, involved parents, and the implementation of the International Baccalaureate program make Willard a wonderful learning environment.
Willard is a fantiastic elementary program for the students in Pasadena. Dr. Onoye take the time to know her students and chooses her teacher well. That combination, along with a fabulous GATE and IB Program, instrumental and vocal music program and stellar core academics makes this an amazing school. It is one of the only schools in the district I would recommend for this grade range. My daughter graduated fromt he 5th grade last year with a president's letter and top honors.
Willard is a wonderful school they have just been accepted into the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program, making this kindergarten through fifth-grade campus only the second elementary school in California to receive the distinction. The I.B. program encourages schools to teach their students how to become global citizens by infusing everyday lesson plans with science, social studies, economics and other core concepts. Each grade level at Willard has been given a different continent as part of the program's effort to expose students to the world. First-graders, for example, who are studying about Australia, heard directly from members of the Australian consulate's office. And second-graders at the school recently learned about the economic concept of supply and demand by helping to raise money through the Red Cross for Tsunami victims. Additionally, the school incorporates foreign language study, providing students with weekly Spanish lessons.
This school provides a challenging yet nurturing environment for all students. The IB program provides opportunities that most other schools do not have, such as a Foreign Language Program, Technology Lab with advanced equipment, and even an electives program.
My experience with this school has been extremely dissapointing. My child is in kindergarten, but will most likely finish the school year in a private school. I am a public school teacher. I have found the current principal to be abrupt. She can be supportive at times, but it seems to cause her great pain to do so. I feel that she is over-supportive of her staff. I feel that much of what I was told as a prospective parent was 'hype.'
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