Students choose Willow Bend Academy for various reasons. Often it is to enable them to pursue activities that are very time consuming and are not normally associated with school activities. Taylor Flores (pictured with Superintendent Ed Pilkington) is one of those. Taylor’s day begins by feeding and grooming Spice, Big Bertha, and Reba, her three horses. She also cares for an additional six horses that belong to other people. Following that, she makes her way to Willow Bend Academy for her academic studies. Later in the day she practices her horsemanship and barrel riding skills. Many weekends include competing in various rodeo events which she began at the age of 14 as a participant in local races. At age 15, she began racing in sanctioned races throughout Texas and Oklahoma. At age 16, she qualified to compete in the April 2015 BBC World Finals in Oklahoma City, OK. Barrel racing combines horsemanship skills with the training and athletic ability of the horses. Since beginning her riding career only two years ago, she has won numerous awards in local rodeos in Allen, and Farmersville, and winning first place buckles (trophies) and cash prizes in Glen Rose and Marshall, Texas rodeos, and her recent qualification to be a contestant in the World Finals in Oklahoma City. Taylor would not be able to pursue her horsemanship activities were she to be enrolled in a traditional public or private school. Willow Bend Academy’s scheduling flexibility has enabled her to spend quality time improving her riding skills while continuing to receive an excellent education. “Master Learning. Master Life” is the motto of Willow Bend Academy. Thank you, Taylor for choosing Willow Bend Academy to...Read More
A new benefit for students enrolling at Willow Bend Academy for the 2015-2016 school year is access to Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus. This benefit is included in the enrollment package at no additional cost. Students will be able to download full versions of Microsoft Office 365 on five (5) devices including Windows and Mac computers, tablets, cell phones, etc. The Windows version of Office 365 includes Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote, Outlook, Access and Publisher. Mac version does not include Publisher and Access. The software will automatically update so the latest version is always on the devices. In addition to the above, each student will have access to 1 terabyte of OneDrive cloud storage. When students leave Willow Bend Academy, their Office 365 account will revert to a reduced functionality mode so no data will be lost. Full function can be reactivated with the purchase from Microsoft of a product...Read More
You are invited to join us at our open house events at either the Plano campus on Monday, August 31st and/or the Lewisville campus on Thursday, September 3rd. Both events will be from 5:15 – 7:15 pm. Our administration, faculty and staff are most welcoming to visitors. Bring the prospective students with you and we will introduce you to our programs. If you are not able to be present at either events, “It’s ALWAYS open house at Willow Bend Academy”. You are free to come and see us in action any school day as we offer the most unique, top quality education in the area. It’s best to call ahead. Lewisville telephone 972-436-3839 Plano telephone...Read More
The Plano campus chapter of National Honor Society undertakes a community service project each semester. The project for the spring 2015 semester was preparation of Valentine goodie bags for patients at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. Members wanted to do something that would put a smile on these patients’ faces and give them a surprise treat. The National Honor Society members provided the leadership and supplies for making hand crafted Valentine cards. Students adorned their cards with stickers, glitter, ribbon, and washi tape to create their best artwork. Each student’s individual creativity was showcased by their colorful creations. The Honor Society members enlisted the student body to donate stuffed toys as well. Each goodie bag contained two of the hand crafted Valentine cards and a stuffed toy which were delivered to the hospital on Thursday, February 12th by National Honor Society members. The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital was established in 1921 and has treated over 235,000 children since opening the doors. The hospital, open to children from birth to 18 years of age, specializes in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions, as well as related neurological disorders and learning differences. The goodie bags were well received and brought smiles to the faces of the patients. The activity also bought smiles to the student body of Willow Bend Academy who enjoyed participating in community service....Read More
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