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Welcome Letter
Welcome Video


Dear Visitor:

As Director of Admissions of the Willows Academy, I would like to welcome you to our web site.

Let’s begin the tour with a bit of history. The Willows Academy was founded in 1974 by a group of parents and educators with a common vision. In a bold move, they started a school where their daughters would be educated with a commitment to excellence in mind, body, and spirit.

Since 1974, The Willows has become a preeminent college preparatory school, rich in the Catholic tradition, and focused exclusively on the education of young women grades 6 through 12.  Our rigorous curriculum is presented at an honors level by a highly qualified and dedicated faculty. Outside the classroom, our students grow through participation in athletics, clubs, organizations, the arts, and service. Our graduates attend top universities and excel in an array of fields.

We educate one student at a time, striving to ensure that she receives the attention, recognition, and opportunities she needs to develop and to find God in the ordinary movement of her life. Girls enter The Willows facing a world of new challenges, and they leave as intelligent, confident, and compassionate young women fully prepared to lead.

Please take a few minutes to watch the video so you can see our students in action. I invite you to visit our campus to experience first-hand the supportive, affirming, and challenging environment that is our school.

Enjoy the rest of your tour!


Kathy Ferry
Director of Admissions

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