It’s been an extraordinary time as we navigate the realities of the COVID pandemic and learn to adapt. During the past spring while we weren’t physically at school, the Villa Experience remained vibrant for our students, even as it went online.
From March through June we offered our complete curriculum online at "Virtual Villa," including art, music, world language, technology, and P.E. Our teachers continued to creatively engage their students through a variety of video and online platforms that enabled class meetings and group learning, as well as lesson assignments and sharing work.
Following Governor Inslee's August 5th recommendations, Villa will begin school on September 1 with classes fully online for grades K through 8. As soon as guidelines indicate, we'll be ready for a return to in-person instruction.
You can have confidence that learning at Villa is robust and continuously improving—and focused on the success of each individual student.
Our 31-acre campus and facilities enable us to meet stringent health safety guidelines:
We balance lessons done in real time with teachers engaging students as a group, versus assignments given online but that are worked on individually. We seek input from our community in our process of continually assessing what works best for individual students—and their families—in a virtual learning environment.
We’ve developed graphic weekly schedules for every grade that are coordinated throughout the school. This establishes consistency of remote learning instruction, and also assists our busy parents (often with multiple children) who can see the week in its entirety.
"Four Facts" below serve as a guide to consistency in the learning environment across all grades:
Not only do teachers build in time for students to interact with each other for connections and fun (see the “3rd Grade Challenge” Video) our Extended Day Program has gone online with enrichment activities where kids can connect, share, and play.
"Villa has been doing a really, really good job with remote learning. And it’s not just me. The word among the parents I have spoken to has been uniformly positive.”
"I just wanted to thank you for how transparent you are being about all of this, even amidst all of the unknowns. Even as a new incoming family, I feel like I'm hearing more from Villa than many of my friends are from the schools their families have been at for years."
"I was impressed with the collaboration between the teachers and specialists. In lower school, additional technology platforms for math and reading were offered, along with subject specific small group Zoom meetings, allowing the teachers to personally check in with the students. My preschoolers were engaged through live and recorded teachings, worksheets, and art projects. Their preschool teacher continually mailed home supplies, postcards with personal notes, and little surprises to let them know Villa was thinking of them."
"The Villa faculty showed ingenuity and resilience in pivoting to an effective form of online learning for our 1st and 3rd grade students. We have much more confidence headed into the 2020-2021 school year amidst the uncertainty of what our learning environments will be."
"We couldn't have been more pleased with Villa Academy's transition to virtual learning. Teachers came up with creative solutions like having the students prepare Zoom presentations as a part of their science unit on birds and sending home the end of year math assessment test but monitoring the students over Zoom. As a result, we feel confident that our daughter ended 3rd grade on track and ready for the 4th grade."
Whether you’re new to the Seattle area, or a local family still considering school options for fall, we’d like to get to know you and understand your family’s needs. We’re here to help you every step of the way and look forward to connecting with you by phone or Zoom soon!Get In Touch With Us
Director of Admission & Enrollment Services