Villa Academy traces its roots to 1903, when the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart founded their first orphanage and school in Seattle on Beacon Hill. In 1914, Mother Cabrini (now Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini) moved her mission to the Laurelhurst campus we occupy today. In 1951, the Missionary Sisters closed the orphanage and concentrated their energies on the elementary school known as Sacred Heart Villa. In 1977, the governance of the school was turned over to an independent, lay Board of Trustees. Sacred Heart Villa became Villa Academy and the city’s only Catholic independent Pre-K through eighth-grade school.
- Villa Academy serves approximately 380 students in grades Preschool-8.
- The average class size is 17 students.
- Over 24% of our students are from families of color.
- Students come from a variety of neighborhoods throughout Seattle, the Eastside and our surrounding communities.
- 11% of Villa families receives tuition assistance.
- Approximately 75% of Villa graduates attend Catholic high schools; 20% attend independent high schools; 5% attend public high schools, boarding schools, or schools out of state.
- Villa Academy is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is accredited by the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools. We are a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.
- 25-acres of green space, with trails, gardens, orchard, and open spaces
- Mountain and lake views from nearly every classroom
- Spacious, light-filled classrooms
- Historic chapel
- Full size gymnasium, soccer field
- Three age-appropriate playgrounds
- Recently renovated art studio, bathed in natural light
- Designated music room
- K-5 computer lab
- Middle & Lower School science labs
- 8,500 volume library