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Grades K-2



Early Elementary

In the earliest years of their academic journey, Villa students develop foundational literacy, mathematical, and interdisciplinary academic skills through joyful, engaged learning.

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Growth & Awareness

As active participants in our inquiry-based approach, students gain confidence in reading, writing, and mathematical thinking while working collaboratively to identify and answer big questions, seek out multiple solutions, and wonder deeply about our world. 

Understanding that the early school years provide a foundation of growth, development, and awareness, Villa weaves social emotional learning across all aspects of the program. Each student learns to gain a positive understanding of themself, utilize multiple strategies for interpersonal engagement and problem solving, and build connected classroom communities.

At Villa Academy, we are growing confident young minds with strong moral character who are prepared to make a difference. Our inquiry-based approach to education balances theory with experience, pairing student-centered academic excellence and whole child wellness with our values of growth, justice, and student agency.

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Our Early Elementary Program at a Glance:

  • Villa faculty cultivate students’ advancing literacy skills through Wired for Reading, an evidence-based program supporting reading, spelling, and vocabulary development. Students move from understanding sound and letter correspondence to reading decodable texts and gaining fluency in a wide variety of rich and diverse books.

  • Utilizing the Bridges in Mathematics program, students joyfully engage in learning while gaining a deepening conceptual understanding of mathematics. Through visual models, manipulatives, games, and other unique learning materials, they gain a deep understanding of concepts, proficiency with key skills, and the ability to solve complex problems. Beginning in 2nd grade, a third math teacher allows for smaller class sizes and more personalized math instruction.

  • Social emotional learning is interwoven throughout all academic experiences, as students develop emotional regulation and interpersonal problem solving skills while co-creating a classroom environment of kindness and inclusion.

Education of the Heart  Extended Day 

Villa Academy At a Glance:

Preschool - 8th Grade

  • Dynamic, inquiry-based learning approach as a student-centered teaching method and learning process.
  • Low student-to-teacher ratio facilitates personalized attention and educational differentiation.
  • Students contribute to their educations through pursuing their interests, their curiosities, and their thoughts on best strategies for problem-solving; they are given daily opportunities to share “voice and choice.”
  • Intentional scaffolding from Preschool through 8th grade, which enables our students to grow in authenticity, leadership, independence, and self-advocacy.
  • Social justice-informed curriculum prepares students for a world beyond Villa Academy.

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A Community of Belonging

  • An inclusive, equitable learning, and social environment where we welcome and celebrate diversity.
  • Our empowered students become stewards of their lives, champions of academic growth, attentive to their mental and social wellbeing, and caretakers of the environment.
  • 30+ sports, clubs, and activities invite students to explore their interests and passions, find balance, and create meaningful connections.
  • Financial assistance, opportunities, and support for our students and families.

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31-acre Lakefront Campus

  • A large, lush campus where students can explore and learn in an enriching and natural environment.
  • Expansive facilities include a gym, an all-weather multi-sport turf field overlooking Lake Washington, theatre, art studio, music room, and makerspace.
  • Science at Villa is hands-on! Throughout the year, we incorporate Villa’s expansive campus as an outdoor learning lab, where the garden, orchards, woodlands, and other resources enhance learning in all science topics.

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The Villa Difference


Villa is the only independent school in the city of Seattle nurturing the holistic development of children: mind, body, and spirit. Dedicated to inquiry-driven, student-centered academic excellence, Villa simultaneously tends to whole child growth and integrated health, informed by clear and compelling research on the powerful influence of nature, spirituality, and social-emotional intelligence on academic thriving. Our empowered students become stewards of their lives, caretakers of their mental and social wellbeing, and custodians of the environment. Villa firmly stands in commitment to the transformative power of our Cabrinian tradition of “education of the heart.”


Be Known.

Inspired by the Cabrinian tradition of “education of the heart,” we practice whole-child education— mind, body, and spirit—that engages students’ minds in intellectual pursuits, recognizes them as unique individuals, challenges them to strive and grow, and honors their innate spirituality. 

Be Challenged.

Our dynamic inquiry-based program challenges and supports each child to learn and explore with a growth mindset, resulting in academic excellence and moral development. By nurturing the development of mind, body, and spirit, we’re growing curious and confident learners, equipped for success and fulfillment in high school–and far beyond.


Villa affirms the critical need to amplify diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and belonging (DEIJB) work in order to expand our communal vision of a more just world. Through justice-focused community engagement, we grow in compassion and stand in solidarity with others, particularly those who are marginalized.