Villa Academy’s preschool through eighth grade structure provides a developmental benefit to our Middle School students. At a time when building confidence and gaining life skills are more important than ever, middle school students enjoy the empowering position of being the eldest in our community. As school leaders, Villa Middle School students demonstrate increased responsibility by meeting requirements for community service and participating in the success of various school programs such as the Italian Dinner, the annual school auction, Spirit Days, Middle School Assemblies and the Buddy Program. What is more, they take seriously their position as role models to our younger students.
As a reflection of their leadership status, Middle School students move up to the top two floors of the building. Here they transition to different teachers for different subjects, use and decorate lockers to reflect their individuality, manage laptop technology and travel campus-wide on their own. Students also take on additional responsibility for keeping themselves organized and mastering the study skills necessary to succeed in a broad spectrum of subjects. In keeping with Villa’s mission of educating the whole child, middle school students enjoy a rigorous curriculum in core courses in the Humanities (Literature, Language Arts, Social Studies, Religion), Mathematics, Science, and World Languages (Spanish or French,) which are complemented by courses in Visual Art, Music, and Physical Education.
To support the learning process, students meet in small Advisory groups divided by grade and by gender for intentional time dedicated to developing connections within a small supportive group of peers and a trusting relationship with a caring adult advocate. Advisory activities help develop self awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making skills within a safe environment where students can take healthy risks and grow.
At Villa, teachers come to know their students as individual learners, giving them the support they need to succeed in this engaging and challenging program. With Villa Academy’s excellent academic foundation, students are prepared to take full advantage of the high school programs of their choice — Catholic, independent or public. Our graduates distinguish themselves both as scholars and as dynamic members of their chosen high school communities.