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Willow Bend Academy

Private | 5-12 | 155 students

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $179,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $940.

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Posted July 3, 2014

The review about Willow Bend Academy being a testing center for home school is incorrect. Willow Bend Academy does have students who complete assignments at home, but assignments are made by the faculty, with periodic individual tutoring and students take tests only on material taught by the school's faculty. While students occupy cubicles, teachers are NOT there just to answer questions. Each teacher has 8 students and the group is much like a family with the teacher teaching (1 to 1), coaching, assisting, and counseling. Students often NEED the individual attention, while others have special scheduling needs that are best served by Willow Bend Academy. One of my children and two grandchildren have benefitted from the program - all for different reasons.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted June 16, 2014

A specialist establishment which caters to homeschoolers looking for a testing center, foreign students who need a high school education to subsequently go to tertiary education and apparently any student who needs more individual attention. Currently about 100 students in total, about half are homeschoolers. The other half come in daily for half days, morning or afternoon. The school in Plano is in a shopping precinct and the inside is a cubicle farm. This apparently allows focussed study from worksheets. A teacher is present to answer one on one questions. It doesn't appear to be like a traditional development school. It appears more to be run like a transactional business. I was a prospective parent. I'm not giving a rating, just laying out some facts. Given average since it is required.

Posted November 26, 2013

Willow Bend is an incredible school. Willow Bend has helped our child heal after being bullied at a previous school. The love he has received has been tremendous! This school has helped him build his confidence and character. Our prayer is that Willow Bend will continue to grow as it is beyond what we ever thought. The teachers genuinely care about everyone. Even if your child thinks outside the box and is not a cookie cutter kid, everyone is nice and bullying is unacceptable. He is not only receiving a great education, but also being taught great characteristic qualities towards other people.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 12, 2013

Great & safe environment. The staff are VERY VERY patient with every student. Students are able to receive one on one attention as needed. EVERY CHILD is accepted and important here. We understand that EVERY CHILD learns differently and at their own pace. They receive ENCOURAGEMENT EVERY DAY.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted April 22, 2013

My daughter is finishing her 3rd year at Willow Bend. She is an accelerated student, self motivated and makes straight A's. We love the teachers and staff at WBA. They CARE - they meet each student where they are and help them excel. I will never do public school again! Not every child fits in the same mold and the instruction here is preparing my daughter for college while giving her the focus and one on one instruction to make her extremely successful in all her studies. She is set to graduate a full year ahead based on their self paced structure.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 9, 2011

My son's needs were not met in public school. He has learning disabilities. He was struggling and his self esteem had suffered. At Willow Bend he has one on one help in a caring environment. He maintains an A average now and looks forward to going to school every day! Willow Bend has changed our lives for the better. We are so grateful. We highly recommend this school to any child!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 21, 2011

I have been the Admissions Counselor for Willow Bend Academy for six years now. This is an exceptional school to help meet the individual needs of each student. No matter if they are accelerating their education, need remediation of coursework, or have a learning difference, Willow Bend Academy can accommodate them because of the individualized curriculum, structured classroom environment, constant accountability and motivation by faculty. Willow Bend Academy's mission is to provide a quality foundational education so students can master learning, which then equips them to successfully master life.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted February 21, 2011

The teachers at WBA are the real deal! They are dedicated, caring and concerned about the students progress. Most importantly they review the work , making sure the student understands what he/she is doing and teach the students how to plan their studies to help them reach their goals. My husband and I are happy we choose WBA.
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Posted October 29, 2010

Willow Bend Academy is a fantastic school. I have been attending for a while now, and it is a family-like atmosphere where the teachers really care and are there for all students. They care about individuality, and have students set goals to reach while keeping a positive environment for working. They have the most dedicated teachers I have ever met, and it is a excellent place to be. I am glad that I decided to attend this school.

Posted September 28, 2010

Willow Bend Academy uses curricular materials that fit the student rather than fitting the student into a particular set of materials.

Posted July 19, 2010

Willow Bend Academy is a TERRIFIC school! It' commitment to educating each student according to his/her learning style has made a tremendous positive impact on our daughter. She loves the teachers, and feels that Willow Bend is the most loving, accepting school environment she's ever experienced. We are grateful for Willow Bend Academy!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 1, 2010

I have been a teacher at Willow Bend Academy for the past 11 years and I can honestly say that every teacher has a heart for every student to be successful, both academically and personally. We are unique in that we meet the needs of so many students whose needs cannot be met in a regular classroom setting. We care about each student and want them to feel they are learning and making progress every day. I have loved watching students grow and mature during their time at Willow Bend Academy. I think it is one of the best private schools in the area.
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Posted July 17, 2009

Awesome school! Great curriculum! Very helpful teachers at all times! Your child will never go on to the next assignment or project until they learn to master the one they're working on. I like that! More one on one attention with your student...they aren't just a number here.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 4, 2009

My daughter had a great experience at this school. There are all types of students there. My daughter is very smart, but had bad study habits. This school really helped her focus on get her courses completed.
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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 69% 31%
Asian or Pacific Islander 19% 4%
Hispanic 9% 51%
Black 4% 13%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Voted "Best Private School in Plano" - Plano Star Courier (2008)

Special education / special needs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Special education

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish

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Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:15 or 1:00
School end time
  • 12:15 or 5:00
School Leader's name
  • Ed Pilkington
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Year-round
  • Christian
  • ACE
Fax number
  • (972) 612-7858


Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Honors track
  • Virtual school
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Religious
  • Special education
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish


Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • German
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Library
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  • Willow bend academy is involved in the community much more than is the community involved with the school. in 2009, willow bend academy students, faculty and parents contributed approximately $9,000 to the salvation army's angel tree program of providing christmas gifts to needy children and elderly persons.
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2220 Coit Road
Suite 500
Plano, TX 75075
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Phone: (972) 599-7882


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