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Willow Tree School

135 Payran Street
Petaluma, CA 94952

(707) 763-2546


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe children are happiest when they are allowed to explore their environment freely, to express themselves creatively and to develop skills which lead toward confidence and independence.

Our aim is to nurture the whole child. Our Curriculum follows a Montessori model allowing children to choose from a wide variety of individualized lessons and developmental activities. Lessons and materials are designed to invite the child's participation, excite his/her curiosity and delight him/her with a sense of accomplishment."

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Practical Life
Language Arts

Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year