Testimonials

Superior academics, small size classrooms that allow for more personal attention and care, and the emphasis on integrity and leadership are just some of the reasons families choose Willow. Learn why parents choose Willow and more importantly, why families remain at Willow.

“My son was equipped at Willow in ways that go well beyond reading, writing and arithmetic. His time at Willow taught him to be self-reliant, speak with poise and confidence, form solid values, and discover a wide range of interests. This foundation enabled him to thrive in a competitive high school and make a mature decision among several college offers. It all started at Willow, and we are truly grateful.”
— Sandy Keegan, Alumni Parent


“I’m a person that loves to learn, and I think that really came from Willow. Learning was always a fun, exploratory thing. It was never about memorizing things or the pressure to perform. It was about learning because you love to find out new things, and I think that’s why I’ve enjoyed school beyond Willow. It really has made me who I am today.”
— Gabriela Amaral, Willow Class of 2010


“Students here are immersed in whatever they’re learning so they become wider thinkers. They have a lot more questions, and they have the ability to research and understand the consequences of events and decisions. They become system thinkers. It’s not about memorizing and taking a test.”
— Willow Parent


“Willow provides academic excellence [while] also providing an amazing education in being a citizen of the world. It’s not at the expense of academic excellence, it’s in addition to it.”
—Willow Parent


“With the integrated curriculum, we are going an inch wide and a mile deep. These kids know their stuff, and it’s amazing to hear the conversations they have at the end of the day about what they learned. They discuss and debate the subject areas they’ve covered and I see the impact it has on the way they think and tackle projects.”
— Willow Parent


“I definitely notice a difference in what my child is doing in writing, reading, and math. It’s definitely advanced and involves a lot more problem solving. Willow is getting them ready for bigger challenges.”
Willow Parent

“It’s amazing how individualized everything is at Willow…the teachers are just so passionate. In other schools, it felt like you had to fit into a certain mold, and there was no flexibility. Here, the teachers meet students where they are and help them move forward.”
— Willow Parent


“At Willow, you may not have 1,000 followers on Instagram, but you will have closer friends because people work better together.”
—Willow Student


“In a small school like Willow, students can’t avoid confrontation. If you don’t get along with someone, you have to work it out. You can’t just avoid that person for the entire year. Students really learn to deal with conflict and resolution.”
— Willow Parent

“Willow is a place of action and change. Willow educates children to act with confidence and compassion and meet big challenges head on. Willow did not shelter us from global issues, but rather encouraged us to embrace them and inspired us to want to enact change at a very young age.”
— Greta Schacht, Willow Class of 2014


“When it comes to the Virtues program, Willow really walks the talk. I remember when I visited…a student was writing intently at the edge of his seat and slipped off. Instead of laughing, every student in the class ran over to help.”
— Willow Parent


“Virtues at Willow is not the typical, lecture-based character education. It’s actually threaded into everything they do. Students learn to deal with issues together and not just have a teacher tell them what’s right and wrong.”
— Willow Parent


“Virtues are embraced by the entire community. It’s not just for the students. It involves the teachers, parents…anyone who is coming here participates.”
— Willow Parent


“We have impressive academics, but what truly anchors us to Willow is the virtues program, as well as the faculty and community that give those virtues real meaning every day.  We love that we found a school and a community that works together to raise good, happy children, with timeless values and critical thinking skills.”
— D. Wolfe, Willow Parent

“Before Willow, my daughter would want to blend in and never really raise her hand or participate. Now she’s getting up in front of the class and is able to give a presentation and be totally comfortable with it. I’ve never seen her become so passionate and vocal about things before.”
— Willow Parent


“I think the Willow curriculum is amazing. One of my children didn’t really have science in elementary school in Basking Ridge and my other child, who was so shy, was doing the human body at Willow and learning about how the systems worked, and she was standing up and giving presentations.”
— Willow Parent


“It’s very important to have a leadership position. We’re the oldest kids at this school. The younger students look up to us.”
— Willow Student, Grade 8

Higher Standard of Learning

“My son was equipped at Willow in ways that go well beyond reading, writing and arithmetic. His time at Willow taught him to be self-reliant, speak with poise and confidence, form solid values, and discover a wide range of interests. This foundation enabled him to thrive in a competitive high school and make a mature decision among several college offers. It all started at Willow, and we are truly grateful.”
— Sandy Keegan, Alumni Parent


“I’m a person that loves to learn, and I think that really came from Willow. Learning was always a fun, exploratory thing. It was never about memorizing things or the pressure to perform. It was about learning because you love to find out new things, and I think that’s why I’ve enjoyed school beyond Willow. It really has made me who I am today.”
— Gabriela Amaral, Willow Class of 2010


“Students here are immersed in whatever they’re learning so they become wider thinkers. They have a lot more questions, and they have the ability to research and understand the consequences of events and decisions. They become system thinkers. It’s not about memorizing and taking a test.”
— Willow Parent


“Willow provides academic excellence [while] also providing an amazing education in being a citizen of the world. It’s not at the expense of academic excellence, it’s in addition to it.”
—Willow Parent


“With the integrated curriculum, we are going an inch wide and a mile deep. These kids know their stuff, and it’s amazing to hear the conversations they have at the end of the day about what they learned. They discuss and debate the subject areas they’ve covered and I see the impact it has on the way they think and tackle projects.”
— Willow Parent


“I definitely notice a difference in what my child is doing in writing, reading, and math. It’s definitely advanced and involves a lot more problem solving. Willow is getting them ready for bigger challenges.”
Willow Parent

The Strength of a Small School

“It’s amazing how individualized everything is at Willow…the teachers are just so passionate. In other schools, it felt like you had to fit into a certain mold, and there was no flexibility. Here, the teachers meet students where they are and help them move forward.”
— Willow Parent


“At Willow, you may not have 1,000 followers on Instagram, but you will have closer friends because people work better together.”
—Willow Student


“In a small school like Willow, students can’t avoid confrontation. If you don’t get along with someone, you have to work it out. You can’t just avoid that person for the entire year. Students really learn to deal with conflict and resolution.”
— Willow Parent

Virtues and Community

“Willow is a place of action and change. Willow educates children to act with confidence and compassion and meet big challenges head on. Willow did not shelter us from global issues, but rather encouraged us to embrace them and inspired us to want to enact change at a very young age.”
— Greta Schacht, Willow Class of 2014


“When it comes to the Virtues program, Willow really walks the talk. I remember when I visited…a student was writing intently at the edge of his seat and slipped off. Instead of laughing, every student in the class ran over to help.”
— Willow Parent


“Virtues at Willow is not the typical, lecture-based character education. It’s actually threaded into everything they do. Students learn to deal with issues together and not just have a teacher tell them what’s right and wrong.”
— Willow Parent


“Virtues are embraced by the entire community. It’s not just for the students. It involves the teachers, parents…anyone who is coming here participates.”
— Willow Parent


“We have impressive academics, but what truly anchors us to Willow is the virtues program, as well as the faculty and community that give those virtues real meaning every day.  We love that we found a school and a community that works together to raise good, happy children, with timeless values and critical thinking skills.”
— D. Wolfe, Willow Parent

Real Leadership

“Before Willow, my daughter would want to blend in and never really raise her hand or participate. Now she’s getting up in front of the class and is able to give a presentation and be totally comfortable with it. I’ve never seen her become so passionate and vocal about things before.”
— Willow Parent


“I think the Willow curriculum is amazing. One of my children didn’t really have science in elementary school in Basking Ridge and my other child, who was so shy, was doing the human body at Willow and learning about how the systems worked, and she was standing up and giving presentations.”
— Willow Parent


“It’s very important to have a leadership position. We’re the oldest kids at this school. The younger students look up to us.”
— Willow Student, Grade 8

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