My daughter attended VMA for 6th - 8th grade. She felt nurtured and cared for. Academically speaking, it was challenging with frequent tests and quizzes. However this, along with high teacher standards, prepared her well for high school.
In three years at Villa, she never had a teacher she didn't admire. She saw passion and genuine care and empathy in all of them. This is in stark contrast to her high school experience and makes her long for her days at VMALS.
This has been my second experience with Villa Maria Lower School. i would rate my first experience as a 3.5/4 based primarily on the lacking science department. It seems that there has been an effort to improve this department as well as others but the climate at the school has dramatically changed. The headmaster is ill-equiped to handle any social issues which has resulted in girls leaving due to the social climate. The student body follows the lead of the administration and there are numerous opportunities for "teachable moments" for the girls to learn the principles of leadership and kindness but these are missed. It is unfortunate because most parents are not even aware of these issues as it is not passed on to them. I hope this changes but based on my experience this will only continue under the current leadership.
Coming from an overcrowded public school to Villa was the best decision we made for our daughters. Villa has given them great confidence and an opportunity to thrive in a warm environment. All my interactions with staff has been nothing but pleasant.
Villa has been a blessing for our daughter from the start. The atmosphere is nurturing, loving, kind and genuine. Her teachers are fantastic and really care! Sister Susan is truly committed to each and every girl. She is wonderful with the girls! The girls respect their school, each other and their teachers. We feel so grateful to Villa for inspiring our daughter each day...she comes home so happy every day. Villa has been her home away from home.
Villa is so much more than we ever hoped. When it came time for us to investigate schools for our daughter, we had three in mind: a charter school, a co-ed parochial school, and Villa. We attended the tour at Villa first, and were so blown away by what we saw: a genuine sense of community, a commitment to the highest levels of academic excellence, and a curriculum designed to bring out the best in every girl. By far, the greatest testaments to the quality of the school were the members of the student council who conducted our tour. Those girls were phenomenally poised and confident, and exactly the kind of person we want our daughter to be at that age. Even though we are not Catholic, we have felt welcomed and a part of the Villa family from the beginning. I am passionate about this school, and feel so incredibly fortunate that we are able to send our daughter here. Love it love it love it.