Welcome to Willow Hill Elementary School
Dynamic and Culturally Diverse Learning Community
“We must speak for the vision until the vision can speak for itself.” – Banks
We are a dynamic and culturally diverse learning community located approximately 5 miles from Philadelphia in a suburban residential area. Originally constructed in 1965, and renovated in 2004 – 2006, Willow Hill is home to more than 300 students in grades K-6 from various cultural, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds.
At Willow Hill, we have a dedicated group of teachers, specialists, support staff, and administrators who possess a sincere faith in student achievement and public education. In a quest to ensure that all students receive equitable opportunities to learn and excel, we work progressively to support our children academically, socially, and emotionally.
Additionally, Willow Hill is truly fortunate to have proactive and dedicated parents who work diligently to support Willow Hill’s vision. They help to maintain a framework and an environment that enables our diverse community to continually prosper, evolve, and flourish.
Willow Hill offers an intense and rigorous curriculum. Our programs are research-based and scientifically sound. Furthermore, our curriculum reflects the standards and assessment anchors outlined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. In the past many educators operated on the premises that we knew what students needed to be taught. However, by continuously using research-based tools to identify what students know and what students do not know, we are able to maximize instructional time. Next, we take a look at what student needs are and make instructional decisions accordingly. Then we carefully monitor student progress to ensure that our decisions are valid. If our decisions are invalid, we implement targeted, data-driven adjustments to help student progress. With this mission in mind, coupled with continued parental support, we look forward to another successful year!
The vision of Willow Hill Elementary School is to facilitate a challenging, standards-based educational system wherein all students who enter our learning environment leave and continue their academic path having acquired the skills and knowledge necessary to complete proficient or advanced work on grade level. In partnership with families and community, we will create a stimulating atmosphere in which strengths are enriched; deficiencies are addressed; new concepts are introduced; strong, compassionate character is developed; and all children are connected, accepted and valued. Relationships among staff, students, and families are enhanced through actions of mutual respect, cooperation, and understanding.
Address and Phone Numbers
Willow Hill Elementary School
1700 Coolidge Avenue
Willow Grove, PA 19090
Phone: (215) 657-3800
Fax: (267) 884-0568
Information about the Willow Hill experience is contained within the Willow Hill Handbook and Parent Teacher Compact and Atmosphere of Respect. These documents provide the information necessary to set proper expectation so that employees of Willow Hill and the families we serve can work towards providing the best education possible for our children. Collectively these documents provide a guideline to help to improve communications, build an understanding of our goals, and provides clarity in strategies and tools employed to educate our children.
2019-2020 School Year
2020-2021 School Year
- Willow Hill Handbook
- Parent Involvement Policy (Updated)
- Parent Right to Know (Updated)
- Parent School Compact (Updated)
- Schoolwide Plan (New)
- Service Log and Award Certification Form
- An Atmosphere of Respect
- Response to Intervention (RTI)
- School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Program
- Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- Student Attendance: 8:50 a.m. – 3:20 p.m.
- Students may arrive as early as 8:30 a.m., but not before as there is no adult supervision prior to 8:30 a.m.
If you do not expect your child to be in school by 9:00 a.m., you are required to report his/her absence. Please call the child check number 215.657.3800 and press 2 for CHILD-CHECK between 4:00 p.m. of the previous day and 9:00 a.m. on the day of the absence. Please state the following:
- Child’s Name
- Teacher’s name and grade
- Date of the absence/lateness
- Specific reason for the absence/lateness
- Phone number where you can be reached
The office clerk will compare the attendance list of each class with the names on the tape. This is to confirm that all children who have left their homes have arrived safely to school. When a child is absent and we have not been notified via the Child-Check voicemail, the clerk will contact parents, guardians, or other emergency contacts. If we are unable to contact anyone, the Abington police will be notified. Please keep the office updated on any changes in your telephone numbers throughout the year.
Should inclement weather or any other emergency require cancellation of school, the District provides information using Verizon Fios channel 34 and Comcast channel 968, as well as other local TV news broadcast stations; the District website and social media; and an automated telephone calling system. The District’s Skyward Message Center will also send emails to parents/guardians, and parents/guardians can sign up for optional text messages as well. In the event that school is on a two-hour delayed opening, students are to report to school or to their bus stops two hours later than their usually scheduled time. When a two-hour late arrival for a weather emergency coincides with an early dismissal day, the early dismissal is canceled and will be rescheduled. Should weather conditions develop during the day that would make bus travel dangerous, we will dismiss school early. That decision will be disseminated through the same channels of communication utilized for a late arrival. To prepare for the possibility of an unplanned early dismissal, parents and guardians should arrange an alternate place for their children to go in the event that no one is at home.