Welcome from the Superintendent

Thank you for visiting our web site.

Willow Bend Academy began in the summer of 1998 in the dining room of Ed and Tena Pilkington while our permanent facility in Plano was under construction. Today, the school has two campus locations – a high school and nearby middle school – both of which are accredited by AdvancEd.

When the school began, we expected it to be a “salvage operation” for students who were academically deficient and therefore unsuccessful in traditional schools. We were wrong!

Our student body ranges from students who struggle due to issues such as Autism and ADHD  to National Merit Scholars.

Additionally, Willow Bend Academy hosts students from countries in Asia, Central and South America, Africa and Europe.

Our graduates have pursued additional education in a variety of settings from technical schools to major universities such as University of Texas, Ohio State University, Baylor University and a host of other institutions in the United States and abroad. Many have received scholarships.

The program is based on the philosophy that each student is unique and will thrive with a unique, tailor made curriculum with instruction primarily conducted on a one-to-one basis.

Rather than an “end of course” exam to determine if adequate learning has taken place, students are assessed multiple times throughout the duration of a course. Students must demonstrate mastery on their current assignments before receiving subsequent assignments.

Please examine our web site and decide for yourself if you would like to investigate further.  You are ALWAYS welcome to visit our admissions office, tour the campus and have your questions addressed.

Thank you again for visiting our web site.  I hope we can be of further assistance in directing your student to a successful career.


Ed Pilkington, Superintendent