We believe that children are not vessels to be filled, but lamps to be lighted. The idea of academic rigor with its connotations of constant test-taking, rote memorization, and endless homework prepares children for the past. At Villa, students work hard because we set the academic bar high, but we believe that children learn best when they are challenged, engaged, and inspired. We provide them with the opportunity to explore real-world issues, think critically, question assumptions, and develop skills for their future academic journeys and beyond.
“As a parent, I love this school for the academics, the values it emphasizes and its vibrant sense of community. But what really makes me thrilled about being at Villa is how much my kids love it. I don't just sense this—they specifically tell me!"
Academics are of primary importance at Villa, but we go also "beyond the desk" with an experiential education that increases childrens' intrinsic motiviation, deepens learning, and supports their healthy social, emotional, and physical development. And when the school day is over the learning continues with our wide array of after-school activities and enrichment classes.