Villa Academy is simply an amazing place to be a child. It’s where our Lower School students begin to fully experience the wonder of our 31-acre campus as they enact the Lewis and Clark expedition on woodland trails, become pollination and composting experts in the organic garden, and conduct in-depth studies of campus birdlife.
In the loving and vibrant atmosphere of the classroom, students engage in inquiry and exploration as they build their fundamental skills in all subject areas. They bring their individual strengths to the learning process and feel safe taking risks in areas of challenge. Villa students have a voice in their classrooms—and because their questions and interests matter, their passion for learning grows.
"The deep learning experiences at school and their connectedness to daily life, family, and community will continue to grow in [my daughter] and her kindergarten friends, creating thought-provoking leaders as adults, if not sooner. It is the purposeful deep curriculum that truly separated Villa from the other private and public schools we were looking at as possibilities for our children’s education.”
“After very little time at Villa, I had that "Ah ha moment" when I realized that not only did we pick a great school that would help our son get prepared for Kindergarten, we also selected a school that would be our partner to challenge, nurture, and prepare him academically and as a person for a happy & successful life."
"In our experience over the past 5 years, the teachers have been very conscious of "overload" and work hard to communicate with each other to make sure homework is balanced on any given week. I appreciate the project-based lessons and activities that have stressed cross-discipline research and thinking."
Along with before and aftercare, Villa abounds with after-school opportunities for sports, clubs, theater, and enrichment classes. And be sure to learn more about our school-wide academics and experiential learning that go "beyond the desk."
As part of their science focus, third grade students partnered with the Audubon Society on a weeks-long study of campus birdlife to include species identification, life cycle, and habitat threats. It all culminated in Birds’ Day, an outdoor festival and a wonderful example of project based learning. Students created and led all elements as a demonstration of their knowledge: bird-focused games and activities, campus bird walks, and a field guide for local avian identification.