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Contact Information (School Year 2019—20)
Last updated: 1/1/2020
School Description and Mission Statement (School Year 2019—20)
Willard Elementary School is an International Baccalaureate School. Willard School has continuously held the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) designation since its authorization by the IB Organization in Geneva, Switzerland in 2005. Willard is proud of the soaring levels of academic achievement of its students, the quality of instruction provided by its teachers, and the rich diversity (ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic) of its families. As an IB school, Willard School provides a holistic integrated approach to thinking, teaching, and learning that places a high priority on developing an internationally-minded person, who demonstrates the attributes of the I.B. Learner profile. Students are taught and expected to be inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk-takers, knowledgeable, principled, caring, open-minded, balanced, and reflective. Over the course of the six-year PYP, students learn and practice the attitudes that foster peace and global solutions to global challenges: appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, integrity, independence, tolerance, and respect.
Willard School is a remarkable learning community. The faculty has enthusiastically embraced the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), 21st Century Skills (Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking), Project-Based Learning, and Design-Based Learning. Teachers skillfully integrate the CCSS into the six I.B. transdisciplinary thematic inquiry units: who we are; where we are in place and time; how we express ourselves; how the world works; how we organize ourselves; and sharing the planet. Students experience learning in the traditional disciplines and are given the opportunity to pursue lines of inquiry that have importance to them, in a personal and/or global context.
The administrative and classified staff support the work of the instructional staff, ensuring that teachers have the professional development, materials, supplies, clean and safe facilities, needed to maximize the teaching and learning experiences in the classroom, on the playground, and in the community.
Willard School offers a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, including an instrumental music program at 1st– 5th grades, a chorus program, science fair, book fair, a robust scouting program, schoolwide dance festival, recycling, student council, yearbook, and after school STEM Club. Many of these activities enrich the education of Willard students and bring Willard families together in celebration.
In 2019 Willard was awarded the Civic Learning Award of Distinction by the California Department of Education for three promising practices: Student Council, School-wide Recycling and Composting, and 5th grade IB Exhibition Projects about a global issue of importance that illustrates Sharing the Planet. The California Department of Education (CDE) has recognized Willard School for its student achievement. In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009, CDE selected Willard School to receive the Title I Academic Achievement Award. This award acknowledged that all students at Willard School are making significant progress toward proficiency on California’s academic content standards and that the subgroups within the school are meeting or exceeding the achievement targets set by the State of California and the federal government. The Willard staff is committed to the success of all students.
Willard’s mission is to provide a rigorous education through inquiry and investigation. Our aim is to develop global citizens who are well-balanced, life-long learners, as well as critical and compassionate thinkers.
Last updated: 1/14/2020
Student Enrollment by Grade Level (School Year 2018—19)
|Grade Level||Number of Students|
Last updated: 1/1/2020
Student Enrollment by Student Group (School Year 2018—19)
|Student Group||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Black or African American||6.20 %|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.30 %|
|Hispanic or Latino||67.20 %|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||%|
|Two or More Races||3.60 %|
|Student Group (Other)||Percent of Total Enrollment|
|Socioeconomically Disadvantaged||66.70 %|
|English Learners||25.40 %|
|Students with Disabilities||16.40 %|
|Foster Youth||0.50 %|