Rain or shine, Willow students go outside!

Willow’s 34-acre wooded campus is the ideal environment for imagination to grow and develop. With recess twice a day, children play, explore, and learn to get along with one another. Outdoor time helps children develop a healthy, happy, balanced life.

And play is much more than just down time! Ample recess time is another way that Willow lives its commitment to student-led, social-emotional, and play-based learning. It provides the time and space for students to collaborate, compromise, and build essential social skills. Recess contributes to executive functioning competence, fosters a sense of independence, and teaches a healthy attitude towards risk.

Recess gives students the opportunity to dig deeper into topics that interest them. If you visit Willow during recess, you may see students identifying bugs they are studying, working as a team to construct impressive forts, pretending they are on an archaeological dig…or just playing games and having fun.

Check out Recess at Willow:

Recess 2x a Day
Recess 2x a Day

Lower and Middle School students have their own separate recess, as well as one combined all-school recess, giving our entire student-body the opportunity to chance to get to know each other and play.

Exploration
Exploration

Recess gives students the opportunity to dig deeper into topics that interest them.

Virtues
Virtues

Students apply virtues such as respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, and forgiveness as they play together.

Systems Thinking
Systems Thinking

Systems thinking is applied to recess scenarios, such as how to manage limited fort-building resources or how to deal with conflict.

34-acres
34-Acre Campus

Our 34-acre natural campus ignites our students’ imaginations and appreciation for nature as they discover and play.

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Recess 2x a Day

Lower and Middle School students have their own separate recess, as well as one combined all-school recess, giving our entire student-body the opportunity to intermix grades and share experiences.

Exploration

Recess gives students the opportunity to dig deeper into topics that interest them.

Virtues

Students apply VIRTUES such as respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, and forgiveness as they play together.

Systems Thinking

Systems thinking is applied to recess scenarios, such as how to manage limited fort-building resources or how to deal with conflict.

34-acres

Our 34-acre natural campus ignites our students’ imaginations and appreciation for nature as they discover and play.

Learn more about the benefits of twice-a-day recess and Willow’s program that encourages learning through play in a healthy, virtues-based environment. Contact Director of Enrollment Management Lisa VanderVeen at (908) 470-9500, ext. 1100 or via email.

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See Imaginative Inquiry in Action at Willow

See Imaginative Inquiry in Action at Willow

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

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