Innovative Programs

  • ARTitudes- This is a program designed and taught be a parent volunteer who is infusing art with the IB attitudes. 

    Brotherhood Assembly- Ms. Daniel choreographs and directs a spectacular dance and music festival to celebrate African American History. Students share this proud cultural celebration with three performances.

    GATE- The primary years program for IB is designed for gifted learners to provide differentiation and extension through a structured, purposeful inquiry model that engages students in their own learning. Bi-monthly information is shared with parents on how their GATE child is receiving differentiation. Additionally, there are also opportunities for enrichment after school as well.

    Grades of Green and Green Team- As part of our global citizen learner profile Willard students are striving to be a trash free school.  Willard students recycle paper, cardboard, cans, bottles and mixed items.  We encourage you to help your child pack a trash free lunch by using reusable containers without baggies or wrappers.  Willard students compost uneaten fruit and vegetables and we use the compost for our school garden.   Students at Willard help each other by sorting and recycling sporks, lunch trays, “lunchables” containers as well as paper towels that we use for the compost. In 2015-2016 Willard received recognition for an outstanding composting program.

    International Dance Festival- Each grade level hosts a dance to music from around the globe. All classes convene in the assembly area to cheer and celebrate as an international community. Families are encouraged to sign in early and bring lawn chairs to enjoy the festival.

    My Masterpieces: Discovering Art in My Community- My Masterpieces is an award winning program of the Pasadena Educational Foundation, operated in partnership with Pasadena Unified School District and ten museums and arts organizations. Students visit local treasures like Kidspace Museum (Kindergarten), Huntington (1st grade), City of Pasadena Public Art Walking Tour (2nd grade), Gamble House (3rd grade), Pasadena Museum of History (4th grade), and Norton Simon (5th grade).

    Music- At Willard there are many options to learn about international cultures through music. Music instruction is intertwined with mathematical reasoning. We value and encourage music education.

    Little Kids Rock- All students at Willard leave 5th grade knowing how to read music. The Little Kids Rock program is instructed by Ms. Wittry and classroom teachers. Kindergartners sing regularly in their classrooms, 1st grade learns to play keyboards, 2nd grade learns to play recorders, 3rd grade learns violin, 4th grade learns to play guitar, and 5th grade revisits keyboards.

    Violin- All 3rd grade students take violin classes once a week. Their year culminates in an end of year concert.
    Orchestra/ Band- Students in 4th and 5th grade may select an instrument to play. Willard has many instruments available for students to check-out and use for home practice. Students practice twice a week with our Orchestra/ Band instructor, Mrs. Dimas. Their year culminates with an end of year concert.

    LEARNs- Students in 4th and 5th grade make a year-long commitment to join Ms. Daniels and her Rising Stars. The Rising Stars meet after school. Students sing and dance at a variety of venues around Pasadena and regularly at Willard.

    Rosebowl Aquatics- Third grade students visit the Rosebowl Aquatics center to take swim lessons. Swim lessons span three weeks. Students at all ability levels are instructed by expert swim teachers to expand their swimming abilities.

    International Baccalaureate- The I.B. Primary Years Program (PYP) at Willard is designed for every student in grades PreK-5. The curriculum framework provides the development for the whole child through 6 rich inquiry-based units. The PYP is a uniquely international program. It focuses on the total growth of the developing child, addressing academics and students’ social, physical, emotional, and cultural needs. For more information on our program please see our website or ask to speak to our IB Coordinator, Ms. Wittry.