How we see WillowWood School
How WillowWood School sees itself
"Founded in 1980, WillowWood is a private independent school for all learners. WillowWood has a long tradition of delivering targeted, personal education that considers each student's needs, inclinations, and strengths. This individualized approach ensures that students are able to discover and embrace their strengths, address their weaknesses, and maintain their dignity. Classes are small and the atmosphere is warm and kind."
"WillowWood staff employ a team-based approach to teaching and conduct regular educational strategy meetings to discuss how best to deliver the curriculum to individual students. These meetings occur bi-weekly and their aim is to discuss teaching methods that worked or did not work with certain students. The meetings are also an opportunity to share insights and information about our various students that will hopefully provide our staff with a better understanding of our learners."
"Word of mouth has been our primary source of referrals for as long as WillowWood has been open. Parents often decide to enroll their child with us upon hearing positive anectodes and reviews from neighbours, friends an alumni. The primary reason for choosing us is often because of the warmth, friendliness, and individual care students receive at WillowWood."
"Some parents are surprised by the fact that students address teachers by their first names at WillowWood. We do this to make students feel more comfortable in their classroom engagements with their teachers. We want students to feel less anxious when addressing their instructors or when they ask for help. We want to convey the feeling that teachers and students at WillowWood are on the same team."
"When parents visit WillowWood, they are often shocked by how large the school is and surprised by the range of amenities we offer. Many schools that have small class sizes are not full facilities. WillowWood features a full-sized gymnasium, a fitness room, a media arts room, an art studio, a sound-proofed music room, a fully-equipped science lab, and a film studio. Our playground has giant board games, checkers/chess tables, table tennis tables, and a full-sized basketball court."
"Small student body where everyone knows everyone (250 total students)
Large, spacious classrooms that are capped at 16 students.
Full facility featuring incredible amenities
Located on "School Street" with 5 other private schools, a swim school, and a dance school. Scarsdale Road was built for students!
Very low teacher turnover. Our staff often stay on for their whole careers. People love working here!"
WillowWood School operates summer camps and programs. Click here to learn about WillowWood School Camp and Summer School .
How people from the school’s community see WillowWood School
Top-down influence on the school’s direction and tone
Joy Kurtz, Director
When visitors walk into the building for the first time they often remark on the special feeling the school has.
That feeling (which I call magical) is a combination of the history and philosophy of the school, the energy of the staff, and the spirit of the students.
When I founded this school it was based on the belief that learning can and should be fun and that school should be a positive and rewarding experience.
We know that one size does not fit all and that students flourish when their school embraces their strengths, addresses their needs and respects their dignity. My staff and I have been successfully delivering student-centred, individualized education in a warm and caring environment for over 30 years.
That's the magic we make at WillowWood.
If your family is seeking a new style of school with a strong history of inspiring students, come by for a visit. I'd love to meet you.
- Joy Kurtz, Director
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