Willow and Tulane have had a long standing relationship. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Tulane and Willow entered into a formal partnership. Tulane provided Willow with $1.6 million to plan for reopening, and operating the elementary, middle, and high schools. In turn, Willow opened its doors to children of Tulane faculty and staff.
This ongoing partnership allows Willow students access to Tulane courses and resources such as the library and other facilities. In their junior and senior years, Willow High School students are able to enroll in classes (at no charge!) on Tulane’s campus, graduating with both a Willow diploma and Tulane transcript. Further partnerships include the development of a professional learning center for teachers, shared use of facilities, access to Tulane’s library, and help from Tulane’s architect and facilities manager in planning for the Fortier Campus renovations. In addition, a percentage of Willow openings are reserved for children of Tulane faculty and staff who meet the admissions criteria.
Willow is a professional development site for Tulane’s Division of Teacher Education, providing placement and training for teacher candidates in school classrooms and programs. Tulane’s Service Learning Department also places university students as tutors and aides for the school.
Willow has also partnered with the following organizations and foundations: