Many students survive middle school. Willow students thrive.

Discover a better middle school experience at Willow! Schedule a visit to see how innovative academics and an unrivaled school culture and community create an overwhelmingly positive environment for emerging adolescents to thrive. Here are some of the many unique qualities that set Willow’s middle school apart:

Small School That’s Big on Community

While Willow students are part of a small class with an optimum student-teacher ratio, they also belong to the greater school community.  Every child is known by faculty members, administrators, and students across every grade. Moreover, our students cannot fade into the background when issues with peers arise; they learn to develop and manage relationships with classmates and others.

Age 3 to Grade 8 Structure

Willow is an Age 3 to Grade 8 school by intentional design. As the oldest students at Willow, our middle schoolers get to assume leadership roles and serve as mentors to younger students. By the time Willow students enter Grade 8, they have a strong sense of self; they understand their strengths, interests and weaknesses, and are ready to take an active role in choosing the best high school environment where they will thrive and excel.

Unrivaled School Culture

Willow students are certainly not immune from the struggles of pre-adolescence and adolescence. The difference we offer is a culture and community unmatched by other schools. Our Virtues Program sets the standard and guides the daily practice of kindness, respect, courage, compassion, and other attributes that we all live by. This remarkable culture, in combination with Willow’s emphasis on student-directed learning, bolsters intellectual, social, and emotional growth. By the time our students reach Grade 8, they have led Morning Gatherings, initiated multiple service projects, and presented evidence-based research projects to the school community. In their final year at Willow, our highly capable students can tackle enormous challenges and opportunities, and are fully prepared to advocate for themselves in high school and beyond.


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Request our Parent’s Guide to Executive Functioning in middle school. We will email it to you immediately.

Director of Admissions Lisa VanderVeen is here to help! Contact her at (908) 470-9500, ext. 1100 or via email.

Apply Fall 2023