Due to the continued unhealthy air quality in Seattle, Villa Academy's campus will be closed to all students through Friday, September 18, 2020.
There will be no preschool classes on campus and the supervised on-line instruction for students through the EDP program will not meet on campus.

On-line instruction will take place as previously planned and faculty/staff members will be allowed to use their Villa Academy classroom, if necessary, to provide on-line instruction.

Science: Hands-On

It's important for students to apply science in a hands on way, solve real life problems, and demonstrate leadership and teamwork in the process" – Patrick Marti, PhD, Middle School Science Teacher

Thinking Like Scientists

The goal for Middle School Science is both simple and profound: we want students to think like scientists. A central component of our program are the internationally benchmarked Next Generation Science Standards which focus on cognitive skills rather than memorizing facts. Students apply what they do in class to real life, which makes learning personal and is a powerful tool for investment.

With our emphasis on Outdoor Learning, our campus is a learning lab that brings science to life for students in a real-world way.

Specific Areas of Study

6th Grade
Metric System, Human Body, Motion and Forces, Light and Sound, Environmental Science

7th Grade
Geology, Landforms, Atmosphere and Weather, Astronomy, Environmental Science

8th Grade

  • Biology: Ecology, Characteristics of Life, Cell Theory, Structure/Function, Genetics, Evolution, Classification/Taxonomy
  • Interdisciplinary research project based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Going Beyond the Campus

Learning also goes beyond the campus with field study at North Cascades Institute, Salish Sea Expeditions, and Geology Field Study in Eastern Washington. These trips away from school foster:

We challenge students to observe, inquire, apply knowledge, make connections, and extend learning beyond classroom and aspects not found on our campus.

Shared experiences away from regular school life help build and strengthen interpersonal relationships within our community through joint exploration, problem solving, courage, trust, and interdependence.

We encourage students to reach beyond their comfort zones and build awareness of the effects of our actions in order to become culturally competent people of integrity and compassionate stewards of the natural world

Think Like a Scientist

Going Beyond the Campus
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