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Our 31-acre campus is unlike that of any other school in Seattle. Our diverse landscape includes grassy areas, a multi-purpose playfield, the school garden, orchards, deciduous and mixed forest areas, a wetland seep, riparian forest area bordering on Lake Washington, and waterfront access.
Our garden is a living science lab, tended by students in grades K - 8.
Our Garden Learning Center is the base of operation for many of our outdoor projects. It includes:
Our historic Grotto, built in the 1930s and restored in 2015, is a secluded, shady stone structure surrounded by trees. It's the perfect spot for large and small group work as well as quiet reflection.
Our orchard is more than a collection of fruit-bearing trees; it is an alternative play and learning space for our older students. In 3rd grade, Villa students are introduced to the orchard as an environment to explore and build forts, encouraging cooperative play and problem-solving. More about our orchard forts>>
Our 31-acre campus includes dozens of varieties of trees and shrubs, within distinct "zones". Our woods are an interactive learning space for a variety of purposes including science, math, and art.
The Sanctuary is a secluded open space surrounded by trees. A series of log benches provide a seating area perfect for group instruction, small group work, and quiet reflection.
Our middle school classes use our campus to explore, learn, reflect, and more.
8th Grade Plant Biology Projects - Independent, hands-on, open-ended, inquiry-based experiments designed by the students.
Working in small groups, 6th grade students used evidence from the text (and materials they found in the woods) to recreate a scene from the novel Esperanza Rising.