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About This School

Willard Elementary School is a public elementary school in Pasadena. The principal of Willard Elementary School is Debra DeBose, whose e-mail is ddebose@pusd.us. 637 students attend Willard Elementary School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Hispanic. 30% of the Willard Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 66% of the 637 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Willard Elementary School is 17:1. Walden School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Latin
    • Spanish
    • Tagalog
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Crew
    • Cross country
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 21%
Asian 8% 3%
Hispanic 65% 56%
Multiracial 3% %
Filipino 2% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 14% 17%
Unspecified 0.8% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 19727%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 52%
Limited English proficiency 30% 22%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Willard-IB is a wonderful school and we couldn't be happier with our decision to send our two kids here. A great Principal in Dr. Debose great teachers active parent participation the IB-PYP programme and lots of happy and well behaved kids - that's Willard. It has so many wonderful things going on - thanks to the IB-PYP Programme. In addition to having a strong academic focus students in each grade get to work on some fun projects. Creating and presenting models of the Mars Rover Animal Habitats Weather dioramas Simple machines Digestive System Community Models Creating businesses World famous monuments - these are just a few examples of some of the excellent learning that go on at the school. K-5 also get an hour each of computer lab library Spanish lessons and Instrumental Music lessons (1st - 5th) every week which is rare to find in any of the other local area public schools. The school also has a running club PE program and a STEM club run by the PTA. My kids have a great time at school every day and are also getting an excellent education. We couldn't be happier!

  • (11 months ago)

    This is a great school they are doing the best with what have and they can. I have never seen a principal like Dr.Bose she greets in person most of the kids in the school on daily basis she is a very good role model! She tells kids every day how important for each kid to respect other kid and being empathetic at each other. They are trying hard to raise the school rating to 9. The more funding they can get from the govt and the families it will benefit the school. My son went to a private preschool. He likes Willard's better as the teachers are awesome.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a fifth grader in this school. While the school has a lot going against it the majority of the teachers are really good! I've seen a few bad apples but not many. The daughter loves it and is doing very well. She's constantly challenged. The principal is very professional and cares about the kids. She has an incredible memory for their names! Parent participation needs to improve but the socioeconomics limit the number of parents who have enough spare time to help.

  • (2 years ago)

    Attend an Open House before deciding. Quite a few of these exceptional reviews are over four years old. In essence Willard is a school that is doing its best with what it has. It has quite a bit working against it such as state wide budget cuts a city that refuses to adequately fund its school district and a teachers' union with an iron-grip. The building is dingy and with the exception of one large patch of grass the complex embodies the term "asphalt jungle." (My husband's and my private nickname for Willard is "The Gulag.") Most of the teachers are great but there are a few treading water and biding time until retirement. Do whatever research you can before you allow them to assign your child to a particular teacher. Good news is the bad apples are hard to miss. As for the principal Dr DeBose is quite professional and obviously cares about the students. In so many ways her hands are tied because of all the factors Willard is up against. Parental involvement is an absolute necessity for the school to achieve its goals. I only gave it 4 stars because the parent programs are often haphazardly organized and the "homeroom parents" aren't held to any standards.

  • (3 years ago)

    The school has wonderful teachers staff and parents.

  • (4 years ago)

    Willard is truly a school that is well supported by it's community teachers administration staff parents and others all provide a broad and strong level of support. The international aspect of the IB program provides a wonderful basis for a child's education. My son is thriving at Willard and loving it!

  • (4 years ago)

    Willard offers the elementary school version of the IB program which essentially helps each child develop into an individual that is in tune with the world around them-a citizen of the world. From observing classes and programs offered throughout the year it is clear that the learning experience is focused but fun. The level of parental involvement is very high and speaks well of the Principal and her staff. Willard is a school that every parent in the PUSD should look into and visit during the school year to see the IB program in operation. You will not be disappointed.

  • (4 years ago)

    The I.B curriculum encourages children and parents to engage to think outside the box when it comes to learning

  • (4 years ago)

    This school not only cares about the academics but through the I.B. program emphasizes the very important character issues all children need to excel at school and in life.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers and administration do an unbelievabably good job educating the students academically socially and culturally. A Willard student is well rounded and is trained to think and always look 'towards the bigger picture.'

  • (4 years ago)

    Willard is a thriving successful school community because of its stellar teaching staff and administration and its dedicated supportive parents. The IB program encourages teachers and students to think outside of their classrooms beyond their community! Willard is a wonderful school!

  • (4 years ago)

    We all know the importance of dedicated teachers and the impact they have on our children. It goes way beyond knowledge...it affects who they are and how they perceive and engage the world around them. Educators this excellent deserve to be recognized.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers and staff are great. It is a public International Baccalaureate school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are great I noticed that my kids are learning more and advancing in every class.

  • (4 years ago)

    Excellent teachers committed PTA strong leadership. IB program is a plus!

  • (4 years ago)

    The International Baccalaureate program provides a great curriculum and philosophy of teaching and learning.

  • (4 years ago)

    We've been at Willard for 4 years now and our children have really thrived. We've had excellent teachers who are able to give our kids what they need. They've provided advanced reader circles for them and gone above and beyond the curriculum when necessary.

  • (4 years ago)

    Willard is the BEST!!! Everyone there is really dedicated for the kids best interest.....Education!!! The school feels like a family even though you don't know half of the parents or staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    Willard has a caring and dedicated teaching staff and administration a challenging IB curriculum and many opportunities for parent involvement. Excellent elementary school with a global perspective.

  • (4 years ago)

    We moved from New York and my son has thrived at Willard and the teachers kids and parents have embraced us!

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