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Villa Madonna School

Private | PK-8 | 499 students


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Posted February 11, 2013

Great School! It is run with love and a care for the children with an excellent academic program. After 6 years at a South Tampa Catholic School we made the move and could not be happier. The enviorment is nurturing and everyone is made to feel like family. The children have IPads and work with online books both in class and out.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 22, 2012

Outsanding school to say the least!! The environment is so welcoming and you're made to feel part of the Villa Family as soon as you enter the office. From the office staff, to the teachers, the students and the Salesian Sisters, this Private Catholic School is the finest in the Bay area. Teacher/student ratio is exceptional and there are at least two classes for every grade from preK through 8th grade.High in education/test scores, sports and other extra curricular activities. Grades from 3rd up have individual laptops for students and are testing iPads this com in school year in three grades so they can be switched with the laptops as technology advances. Villa keeps technology at the top of their education for students, as today's youngsters are learning with technology! We are extremely pleased with every aspect of this school. The PTA is welcoming and helpful and everyone watches for each other as a family to better not just the school itself, but the students/families/community that makes Villa Madonna the outstanding school that it has been for the past 75 years!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 28, 2010

Third generation in our family now in attendance. Villa is one of the finest schools in the Tampa Bay area. Great principal, great teachers, and great staff. Only one complaint - wish they had school through 12th grade so we don't have to find a high school after 8th grade graduation!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 3, 2010

Great school! Teachers, administrators, support staff, and lunch room ladies are excellent professionals that care about every child. Teachers teach the child not the subject. The nuns teach and are always watchful and nurturing. Discipline and rewards systems are in place and work! I give it an A+.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 16, 2009

My children transferred into Villa Madonna last year from another Tampa catholic school. They love it and so do we. The academics are far beyond their former school (they had a lot of catch-up to do when they started). The principal and assistant principal are strong leaders. The teachers are helpful, well-informed, young, and energetic. Class sizes are small and technology is more advanced that most of the other elementary schools in Tampa (public and private).The nuns care. There is disicpline for everyone, and everyone is treated fairly. We wish we would have sent our kids here fromthe start. Villa really is the best kept secret of Tampa!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 24, 2009

I'm a former student at Villa Madonna. It's such a awesome school. They actually teach you and when you need help or you have missing assignments they tell and give you advice. The sports are fabulous and so is the music program, they have a band and choir etc.I went their in 6th grade and I wish I went their sooner!
—Submitted by a student

Posted April 3, 2009

I am a student at Villa Madonna and have been going for 7 yrs.I think its the best school I could ever go to. The teachers really care for the students and there always at your side when you need help. The education is great and its like a real family. They treat everybody with respect. If you dont understand something, the teacher will help you happily. They are on top of our school work and if were missing an assignment they will tell us. There can be no better school I think.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 6, 2008

Absolutely the best private Catholic school in the Tampa Bay area! A commited, concerned, caring teaching and administrative staff who puts children first. Second generation attending and looking forward to the third generation to follow!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted July 14, 2008

We are getting ready for our third school year at Villa. Our daughter absoultely loves the school and as parents, my wife and I could not be happier. The quality of the education is very high. I am frequently in schools due to my profession and I recognized almost immediately when attending an informational walkthrough for prosective parents that Villa is in a class by itself. There is a real family atmosphere. We considered other private schools that are nearly twice the cost, but decided on Villa. A couple of years have passed and we realize more and more that we made the right decision. I have told many friends that it is the 'best kept secret in Tampa'.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 29, 2008

I am a student at villa madonna. I will be graduating next year. this school is very good. it teaches you a lot about religion and everything that god shows in leadership. there are a lot of fun events at this school.I have been goin to this school sine the pre-k and I think that this is one of the best schools that anybody can ever go to!
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 10, 2007

I am a student at Villa; an exellent school. It has a wonderful family-like enviorment. I came in the sixth grade and wish I came earlier. Send your child here.
—Submitted by a student

Posted October 10, 2006

What an excellent school! This is a small inner-city urban school run by the Salesian Sisters. I find the principal to be exceptionally competent and above all fair. The quality and care that the children receive is wonderful. The teachers are constantly assessing their students and offering advice, and special programs geared towards the children. The teachers know their students individually, they are there to provide extra support and help to those who need it or provide extra challenges to those students who are excelling. The biggest draw to the school, other than academics, is the loving environment in which they are taught. Also, the children are service oriented and strongly encouraged to live and practice a Christian life.
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Posted March 6, 2006

My daughter was going to a public school that had a A rating. She often complained that the teachers did not show her how to do the work she was being sent home with. We would often have to teach her all of it ourselves. We then had a problem with a little boy not being able to keep his hands to himself. Our daughter complained numerous times and got no response. We then tried a few times reporting it ourselves since it was not stopping and still no results. We finally decided to remove her. She has done a complete 180 since she started school at Villa. She enjoys going to school and is doing very well. WE are extremely pleased with the results in her school work. I highly recommend Villa.
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Posted January 11, 2006

The academic programs in this school are excellent. Sports availability could be better, lacks a few sports. Music and art programs as extracurriculars are excellent. Parent involvement is fairly high. This school is my alma mater, and I look at people around me who had gone to other schools, and I can say that I am glad that I went to Villa Madonna School
—Submitted by a former student

Posted May 12, 2005

This school is terrible. The $$ factor is a big plus for the Principal. I would not recomend this school for any parents who want their children to attend for christian reasons.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 43% 29%
White 38% 42%
Black 10% 23%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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315 West Columbus Drive
Tampa, FL 33602
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