Principal's Message

  • Welcome to Willard!

    Angela Elizondo Baxter

    It is my pleasure to welcome you to Willard IB Magnet School. The vibrant campus, talented staff, and bright students make this school a place where curiosity and learning abounds. The International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile develops students who are inquirers, thinkers, communicators, risk takers, as well as knowledgeable and caring students who are principled, open-minded, well-balanced, and reflective. Willard’s IB Primary Years Program (PYP) provides opportunities for students to understand and demonstrate the attitudes of global citizenship, which are appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, integrity, independence, tolerance, and respect. 

    Willard International Baccalaureate Magnet School is located in Pasadena, California, in the San Gabriel Valley.  Willard is proud of the rigorous teaching and learning that occurs at our school. The high levels of academic achievement are a testament to the rigorous instructional IB program at Willard. Willard is further enriched by the diverse ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds of our families. 

    Willard School was established in 1925. In 2005, Willard School became an International Baccalaureate school. As an IB school staff collaborate on writing and integrating the IB curriculum with the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) curriculum, aligning IB standards with state standards, and designing assessments and reflections for each of the six interdisciplinary units of inquiry. 

    For five consecutive years, The California Department of Education has recognized Willard as a Title I Academic Achievement School. As we look ahead at California’s Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) System we feel proud of our past record of success with API. Over the course four years Willard has boasted a 28-point gain.

    If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour please contact us at 626.396.5690.

    Angela Elizondo Baxter