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.
 
 
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Villa Academy stands for the respect of all human dignity in the spirit of our founder, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. At the root of all community experiences is our Catholic tradition of faith-centered justice; teachers and students commit to affirm the importance of diversity and inclusion in order to expand our communal vision of a more just world.

Social Justice Education

From Expression to Awareness to Advocacy, our emphasis on social justice is woven throughout our curriculum—preschool through middle school. On an age-appropriate continuum, students:

  • Celebrate diversity as they learn about the history, traditions, and art of various cultures.
  • Deeply engage with topics including racism, disability rights, food injustice, and environmental issues.
  • Express their emotions about difficult social justice issues through a special focus on the arts: painting, collage-making, poetry, playwriting, modern dance, and hip-hop.

What DEI Means at Villa

Andrés Arteaga
Director of Equity Education & Inclusion

Welcoming Respected Voices

Presenters
Cece "Songbird" Curtis Cook: Native American speaker
Simon Calcavecchia: Disability awareness author
Roger Fernandes: Native American speaker
Hena Khan: Muslim author
Rabbi Lauren: Judaism speaker

Partnering Organizations
Beth Shalom Temple
Idris Mosque

Visiting Teaching Artists
Meredith Arena: poetry
Paul Nunn: stencil graffiti
Noell Price: modern dance
Niki Sherey: painting

Partnering Organizations
Price Arts: modern dance
Seattle Children's Theatre: playwriting
Whim W'him: contemporary dance
Urban Artworks: graffiti and murals
ArtsCorps: social justice artists
SilverKite: social justice artists

As regular professional development for faculty and staff, along with parent education nights, we’ve welcomed respected voices such as Anu Taranath, Ijeoma Oluo, and Rosetta Lee. And, as a community, we gather to celebrate cultures from around the world.

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