The Willows Community School

here great minds grow

The Willows Community School, located in Culver City, is a developmental kindergarten through eighth grade independent school enrolling 475 students annually. Recognized as a balanced, progressive educational leader, the strong academic program incorporates experiential learning, critical thinking, thematic instruction, and social emotional learning into cutting-edge curriculum and integrates STEAM, technology, maker, design thinking and the arts into the classroom.

Character and heart are also emphasized as essential to The Willows' definition of a 'great mind.' Focusing on the socio-emotional development of our community, The Willows integrates RULER, the acclaimed evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, into school curriculum. Selected as a RULER Spotlight School by The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, The Willows serves as a mentor to other schools forwarding the mission of intentional giving to our community and the world.

Strongly committed to financial assistance, The Willows seeks a broad-based student body with a diversity of race, ethnicity, socioeconomics and learning styles. 40% of our student body is comprised of students of color, and the school annually enrolls students from 57+ zip codes across the greater Los Angeles area.

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.


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