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a Villa Academy education

At Villa Academy, we are growing confident young minds with strong moral character who are prepared to make a difference.

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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.

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 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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Villa firmly stands in commitment to
the transformative power of our Cabrinian
tradition of “education of the heart.”

Our Cabrinian model of education balances academic challenge with character development steeped in values of service, justice, critical thinking, and effecting positive change—and we help our students put those values into practice by creating real-world connections to our greater community.

Akeem Layne

Director of Enrollment Management

Katharine Brennecke

Enrollment Associate
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Accreditations & Memberships

  • Accredited by the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS)
  • Member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Member of the Puget Sound Independent Schools (PSIS)
  • Member of the Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS)
  • Member of the Educational Records Bureau (ERB)
  • Certified (Level 3) by Washington Green Schools
  • Member of POCIS Seattle 
  • Member of the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)