Willard Elementary School2700 Hurd Avenue
Evanston, IL 60201(847) 905-3600
Evanston, IL 60201(847) 905-3600
Willard Elementary School is located in Evanston, IL and serves grades K-5.It received a GreatSchool rating of 7 out of 10
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We are very happy with this school. My children love their teachers! Lots of activities and the administration is caring and responsive. Great overall
Willard was a disappointment on many levels. My child attended this school for a number of years, and only had one teacher stand out as impressive. The rest seemed uninterested, as if they were simply going through the motions. The "specials" teachers were hit or miss, however, the art teacher was so uninspired and unprofessional, that she all but ruined my child's love for art, which is her favorite activity at home. When I addressed concern with her one time, her response was stubborn and defensive, clearly fired off from a cell phone with auto correct functionality, because the email was in jibberish, and very unprofessional. The school nurse was extremely flustered at all times, and any time I went into the school to sign my child out early, I found her red faced and scattered and melting down over something, leaving me feeling very uncomfortable that this person was in charge of emergency medical situations, and that this lack of professionalism was even tolerated. Often when popping into the office, though, it would take several minutes for the secretary to stop her personal conversations and acknowledge that a parent had entered. When my child, who is an avid reader, attempted to sign one of her favorite chapter books out of the library, she was told to get something simpler, less long. Graphic novels were present in all the classrooms. There were no advance or gifted programs or opportunities. Socially, the place was a nightmare. The bullying was prevalent at every single grade level, and while my child wasn't always the direct victim, she was a witness, and it was a daily distraction in most classroom environments. We did not even know that such extreme bullying could be tolerated, much less occur at such low grade levels. These were not isolated cases, but rather, we sadly learned, the culture of the school. The parents are cliquish and unwelcoming, and this hostile energy transfers to the children. A solid foundation for learning and socialization is important to us and we made the decision to remove our child from Willard. It was the best decision we ever made.
Willard epitomizes what an elementary community is all about. The teachers/administrators truly care about students and enjoy seeing them thrive and grow both inside and outside of the classroom. They teach far more than texts/theory, but give the children a chance to apply the insights. Parents are extremely involved and put together their own out-of-school curriculum that is second to none - from international arts journeys, to cultural celebrations, to author meet and greets, to great field trips, to no-cut athletics, to the most fun classroom celebrations, the parents care about the whole community, in addition to their child(ren). And then there are the students - the lovely students who bring the place alive. They are caring, respectful, and responsible. They are active. They are smart and intellectually curious to learn more. They make the school better by excelling academically and connecting concepts from year to year; they also make the community stronger through being kind to one another, introducing each other to traditions/cultures, and showing up each and every day, ready to learn. One child of mine is at Willard and one is at Haven M.S. - they are prepared!
In all honesty, we had no idea what the schools were like when we moved to the district. What a welcome surprise that we just so happened to buy a house not too far from Willard. Willard has been, and continues to be, such an amazing experience for both my children and we as parents. It definitely is more than a school...it's a community. In general, the teachers are great and know their children and challenge them accordingly. Of course, not everything is going to be perfect, but feel that the teachers and principal are more than willing to work with both parents and students to get to their common goal. Would definitely recommend this school!
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