The Willow School provides developmentally appropriate holistic education for students in 8th grade to 12th grade.  This focus includes a rich student life program where students can explore activities and ideas of interest as they develop into the young adults they will become.  On the academic side, 8th and 9th graders receive support in developing and honing study skills and executive functioning skills, while mastering content.  Developing strong writing skills is also a key part of The Willow School’s academic program.  Eighth grade is regarded as a foundational year to shore up skills and close curriculum gaps before high school. It offers a rigorous, high academic program of instruction that allows qualifying students the opportunity to take early high school credit (Carnegie units) in courses including English I, Algebra I, Geometry, French I, Spanish I and Certificate of Artistry prep classes.

The Willow School High School works purposefully to instill The Willow School’s Core Values of Kindness, Respect, Responsibility, and Hard Work. Incorporating these Core Values, our students display exceptional leadership, responsible stewardship and active participation at The Willow School and in the surrounding communities.  The number one priority at The Willow School is kindness.

Students may select an Area of Concentration (AC), which includes a minimum of four elective offerings in a specific area of study. Choices include Humanities/Communications, Mathematics/Science, Project Lead The Way (Engineering or BioMedical), or the Arts.

The Class of 2022 received more than $30 million dollars in merit-based scholarships, including three POSSE Scholars, seven National Merit Finalists and multiple Louisiana Taylor Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS) Awards. This class was accepted in 242 colleges and universities in 44 states and 4 countries.

Project Lead the Way

The Willow School offers a four-year Engineering Program developed in collaboration with Project Lead The Way ( The PLTW curriculum provides an interactive integration of math, science, engineering and technology. The course titles of the four-year PLTW offerings are Introduction to; Principles of; AP Computer Science or Environmental Sustainability; and Engineering Design & Development (EDD). As a capstone project, students in EDD identify a real-world issue, then research, design and test plausible solutions. Ultimately, students present their final projects to a panel of professional engineers for critique and evaluation.

As an enhancement to its science offerings, The Willow School offers a four-year BioMedical Science Program, also in collaboration with PLTW. Through scaffolded activities that connect learning to life, students step into the roles of biomedical professionals, investigating real-world topics, including human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology and public health. BioMedical Principles is the first offering, followed by Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions and Medical Innovations in the four-year BioMedical Engineering strand, representing the BioMedical capstone.

Tulane University Concurrent Enrollment

In cooperation with nearby Tulane University, seniors and second-semester juniors with qualifying GPAs, test scores and administrative approval may enroll in actual college courses, free of charge, and earn full college credit, recorded on a Tulane transcript. Students do not receive high school credit for their Tulane coursework. In the Class of 2021, close to one-third of the class enrolled in this advanced educational opportunity. For seniors, Tulane courses are scheduled during their regular Willow School academic schedule. Qualified juniors are able to enroll the second semester in Tulane coursework during the afternoon and evenings, outside of The Willow School’s academic schedule. Summer courses are also available for qualified students.

Willow Scholars

The Willow School Scholars Program recognizes students who have maximized the academic rigors and opportunities available at The Willow School. Beginning in eighth grade, they complete high school-level courses, establishing the foundation for more rigorous high school work. Students build upon this foundational work by completing clusters of Advanced Placement courses in multiple disciplines while maintaining exceptional cumulative GPAs. Students are nominated to formally apply for acceptance into The Willow School Scholars Program in the Fall of senior year. If selected, this group of young men and women are recognized as The Willow School Scholars, receiving the school’s highest honor, a Diploma with Distinction.

DaVinci Scholars

The Da Vinci Program utilizes The Willow School’s existing framework while challenging students to merge learning across content areas in an interdisciplinary fashion. Walter Isaacson’s recent biography, Leonardo da Vinci, describes “the ability to make connections across disciplines-arts and sciences, humanities and technology is a key to innovation, imagination, and genius,” and “an enduring recipe for creativity.” Serving to formalize interdisciplinary learning through the arts and acknowledge students who challenge themselves to think critically and creatively across multiple content areas, candidates will be required to complete a 4-year arts sequence, 2 years of rigorous coursework in math/science or PLTW, one year of rigorous coursework in the humanities, and design and complete an interdisciplinary culminating project.

Internship Programs

Select seniors are approved as teaching interns, working directly with specific classroom faculty members. This apprenticeship, proposed from ongoing conversations among academic Department Chairs, evolved from the goal of seeking opportunities for students to demonstrate their proficiency in and love of academic disciplines while working with underclassmen.

AP Courses

The Willow School was selected as the first school in Louisiana to pilot the College Board’s Advanced Placement AP Capstone program (AP Seminar & AP Research). High School offers students more than 20 AP courses to choose from. In the 2022-23 school year, 65% of high school students are enrolled in an AP class; 70% of students achieved AP mastery scores of 3 or above