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Guided by loving and talented experts in early childhood education, Villa Academy’s Preschool students learn through inquiry-based, purposeful play. Our youngest learners are encouraged to wonder often, ask multiple questions, work through complex problems, iterate to find solutions, and collaborate with classmates to joyfully discover and deepen their learning.

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The amazing teachers, who truly know my child, the hands-on learning with academics woven throughout the entire day, and the intentional focus on the social-emotional development of each child has given my son a solid start to his educational journey. As a parent I am forever grateful.preschool parent

Curiosity & Joy

Curiosity, engagement, and joy are hallmarks of Villa’s Preschool, as students build numeracy skills, lay the foundations for understanding letter and sound correspondence, and learn to name their feelings, navigate social situations, and create a classroom community together. Intentionally designed learning spaces provide rich opportunities for students to create, investigate, design, and think critically. Following these thoughtful, foundational years, our Preschool students are more than ready to don their Villa Academy uniforms and thrive in Kindergarten and beyond.

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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2023-24 Preschool Schedule

Monday through Friday Time
Preschool Threes

8:30 - 11:30 AM

Preschool Threes Classroom Extension (optional) 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Preschool Fours & Fives 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM

2024-25 Preschool Schedule

Monday through Friday Time
All Preschool (Threes, Fours, & Fives).                                 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Our Preschool Program at a Glance:

  • Early childhood experts foster purposeful play through age-appropriate, inquiry-based instruction. 

  • Foundational literacy and numeracy skill instruction delivered in small groups, supporting the learning needs of each child.

  • Social-emotional skill development interwoven throughout all subject areas.

  • Pre-kindergarten curricular focus across two or three Preschool years to address each child’s individual Kindergarten pathway.

  • Positive classroom communities encourage a growing awareness of the community within and beyond Villa.

Education of the Heart  Extended Day 

Preschool Divisions

Villa Academy At a Glance:


Villa Academy will steward its resources to ensure the school’s long-term sustainability and growth, inspiring the community to further invest in supporting the school and future generations of Villa students.


Identity & Program

Villa Academy will define, refine, and clearly articulate its curricular and co-curricular program in order to fully deliver upon its mission. In doing so, Villa will become the independent school destination for inquiry-based, whole child “education of the heart” in the greater Seattle area.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, & Belonging (DEIJB)

Villa Academy will be a community that celebrates, honors, and reflects the rich diversity of the greater Seattle area across its students, families, faculty and staff. The school strives to facilitate a culture of genuine belonging at Villa.

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.