Willows Academy Hosts Open House November 3

  • Willows students at the building entranceMonica Niker

    Willows students at the building entranceMonica Niker

Katie Hinderer
Updated 10/23/2019 11:04 AM

This year, Willows Academy in Des Plaines celebrates 45 years of educating female leaders, a task just as crucial now as it was when the school began in 1974. The college-preparatory school for girls in grades 6 through 12, will host its annual fall open house on Sunday, Nov. 3 from 12 to 2pm.

"There is something about our vibrant community and student body that needs to be experienced first-hand," said Cathy Lipscomb, director of admissions. "The Open House offers a perfect opportunity to get a glimpse into life at Willows."


Current students will guide visitors through the school, pointing out places of interest while sharing details about the Willows' focus on the education of the whole person. Visitors will have the chance to participate in science experiments and talk one-on-one with parents, students, club leaders, and teachers.

"The open house is designed to highlight the things that make Willows unique - our vibrant community, personalized advising and purposeful curriculum," Lipscomb said. "Prospective families will leave knowing the core of what we are all about."

Willows Academy students benefit from a strong liberal arts curriculum, small class sizes, one-to-one advising, top-notch visual and performing arts, and winning Eagle athletics. The entire environment, from the all-honors and AP curriculum to the individualized attention, prepares students for college and beyond. Last year's graduating class was offered $6 million in college scholarships and now attends schools such as Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, Berkeley, University of Illinois, and Northwestern.

"We believe in the development of the whole person, and helping each student to be the very best they can be," said Dr. Jaime Vasquez, Willows Academy Head of School. "We want our girls to focus on doing their best. They thrive when they aren't concerned with someone else's definition of perfection."

Educating the whole person means guiding each student to develop academically, personally, culturally and spiritually. Willows achieves this through the small class sizes, low student-to-teach ratio and personalized attention through the advising program. Students leave with solid academic tools, a love for freedom, and life-long friends.

For more information contact Cathy Lipscomb, Director of Admissions, at 847.824.6900 ext 208 or via email at admissions@willowsacademy.org. Those interested in attending the Open House on Sunday, November 3 from 12-2pm can RSVP on the Willows website: www.willowsacademy.org or just stop in.

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