About Our School
Willow Wind Community Learning Center is a public K–12 alternative program sponsored by the Ashland School District. The mission of Willow Wind is to support the educational vision of families in a multi-age environment. Willow Wind values unique learning styles and honors the gifts of the whole child. Willow Wind provides classes, tutorials, curriculum resources and assistance designed to support the diverse educational philosophies embraced by the families enrolled, while supporting the state and federal educational standards. Classes are created each semester and may cover subjects such as history, math, science, language arts, music, drama, physical education, art, gardening and second language.
A fundamental element at Willow Wind is the belief that in addition to academic challenges, students should have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extra-curricular experiences that foster personal development and responsibility. Students are encouraged to be curious, pursue their passions, and maintain a genuine love of learning.
Willow Wind serves self-motivated learners who are able to define their interests, understand their learning styles, and take charge of their own education with the guidance of a teacher who is familiar with grade level expectations. Students must have the ability to focus and produce work during unstructured time and easily transition between multiple teachers and groups of students. Willow Wind is designed to serve the needs of students who thrive in a learning environment that encourages student choice and provides opportunities for students to be actively involved in developing learning options. With choices comes responsibility and students must take responsibility for their learning and behavior. Students attending Willow Wind must participate in a manner that reflects their desire to be here. We have high expectations of students – both academically and as members of the community.
Willow Wind serves full time students through the Parent Partner program as well as home-school and parttime students. Willow Wind is designed to allow families to combine elements of public education with parental choice. Parents of enrolled students must be actively involved in the education of their children. Willow Wind is a multi-age environment where every child in a family is welcome. We believe children benefit from interactions with babies, peers, and children older than themselves.