Our Mission and Philosophy
Willow Park Academy is a coeducational, preparatory school dedicated to providing students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 5 with an excellent education using both traditional and innovative approaches. In a nurturing and supportive environment, we offer a challenging program that stimulates students to achieve their maximum potential through academic, creative and social endeavors. We are actively committed to diversity. We expect and promote moral responsibility, and strive to develop strength of character within a respectful school community. Our goal is to foster a lifelong passion for learning, understanding, and service in an ever-changing world.
The School strives to instill within each child a balance between individual development and commitment to the community. Our invigorating and supportive environment stimulates and promotes ethical, social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth in every student. In a program which recognizes each child’s unique timetable and needs, the measure of success is in the ongoing process rather than the finished product.
A superior education embraces the concept that to educate is to do more than to teach. We regard the student as a whole person and seek to assist each in fulfilling his or her potential for personal growth by providing an environment that nourishes cultural, social, and physical needs, as well as moral and ethical sensitivities, thus helping our young people to define an image of themselves that they can accept and respect.
Academically, the School offers a comprehensive program enabling our students to think independently, to write and speak with clarity, and to appreciate the values and joys of the humanities, the arts, and the sciences. Our students graduate from Willow Park Academy with a feeling of self-confidence and pride in their particular talents, capable of attending the schools of their choice, and well prepared for what lies ahead.
It is our belief that the education of young people should encompass cultural, and communal experiences which stress the responsibility of each individual for the life and spirit of the whole community, resulting in a graduate able to face the world with confidence, to compete effectively, and to contribute meaningfully to society. WPA's objectives are pursued by dealing with students as individuals, nurturing their abilities, challenging each to do his or her best, and offering a multitude of opportunities for academic, cultural, and personal growth. Willow Park Academy strives to celebrate the individual and to provide a substantive, stimulating preparatory education for a diverse group of intelligent students in an atmosphere that cultivates and challenges their varied potential.
This philosophy is woven into our everyday actions and interactions, both at the school and in the community at large. It acknowledges the importance of positive interactions with others and in seeking to better the community as we better ourselves. It looks beyond gender, nationality, culture and class. It guides staff, administration, students, and families to meet responsibilities and fulfill dreams.