"Education of the Heart"
Villa Academy’s initial founder, St. Frances Cabrini, promoted the education of the whole child–mind, body, and spirit–at a watershed moment in education history. Further popularized by John Dewey and other transformative thinkers, the whole child educational movement of the turn of the 20th century encouraged the embrace of the individual learner through honoring their strengths, challenges, and needs. The Cabrinian educational tradition unites expansive intellectual growth with spiritual maturation, wherein students are seen, honored, and valued as individuals on a path of deepening moral development. At Villa, students grow as scholars while simultaneously growing in character.