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9-12
Private
Southampton, PA
Students enrolled: 350

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1180 Holland Road
Southampton, PA 18966

(215) 357-8810
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December 23, 2014
Initially, my parents did not want me going here. Now, I know that this school shaped me into who I am today-frankly it saved my life. I rarely at first and never by the end had an issue with cattiness-especially in todays day and age compared to the other private schools in this area where my friends would complain and I just really honestly did not have a negative thing to say about the girls. Not only was there a strong sense of community with the girls, but also with the teachers who really cared about loving learning. Service is emphasized to the point where it became naturally and friendly, not intimidating. it opened my eyes to a new world as did the abroad trips they offer in the summer. Finally, I go to a top 25 ranked university and I am prepared. my sister also chose Villa for seperate reasons- and she too would not change her decision. I would recommend shadowing a day and seeing people that love where they are. I promise you its a beautiful place.

- submitted by a student
November 26, 2014
Ask your daughter what happens to girls on snap chat. Girls become victims without even being aware. Worse is targeted girls who are ignored. The girl just watches others having fun all around her. I can't just stand by and let this happen. I am a junior and begged my parents to let me go to CRN or Solebury. The girls are monsters here. Thankfully I have my friends from St Bede's.

- submitted by a community member
October 23, 2014
My daughter has flourished since arriving at VJM. She had offers from other schools, but Villa fit her perfectly. The teachers are extremely engaging; the work is vigorous, yet rewarding. Faculty and staff are supportive and approachable. She has fun, yet works hard. She (and all students) are always welcomed to stay after school to work on group assignments, take make-up tests, etc. When my daughter was absent, her classmates texted her the assignments and teachers e-mailed her reminders. Villa will be her home-away-from-home the next few years, and we are so happy with our decision to have her attend Villa.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2014
Before you open your check book, inquire about the AP test scores. Most students get a "1" at best. Now, these girls are promised college credit. My daughter worked diligently through out the year only to be left in tears. If your child is competitive and can overlook the cattyness of the school's environment, send her to vjm. I am both disappointed and disgusted. Guess I'll be building up my daughter's self esteem this summer and prepare her for senior year!

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2014
Incompetent administrators. Inexperienced teachers. Many of the quality teachers that were there when my older sister was there have left. Seems like only experience needed is to be a graduate of the school - at least I'll have a guaranteed job since VJMS is in no way preparing me for college. If you want a quality private school education, go to the Mount or GMA. I begged my parents to send me there but they didn't listen since my sister is a grad. ITS NOT THE SAME SCHOOL! They should have saved their money and sent me to CB West. Would have rated no stars but site wouldn't let me!

- submitted by a student
December 17, 2013
Villa is by far the best thing that ever happened to me. It has taught me invaluable skills that I have applied in college. College was a breeze for me because of Villa, unlike my friends who struggled after attending public school. As far as a social life, Villa was by far the BEST time of my life. I am currently in a sorority and I the friends that I associate with come nowhere close to those that I have found at villa. We graduated five years ago yet we still see each other regularly and speak almost daily. As far as the rumors of cattiness go, I have personally never had any problem at Villa. I had an opposite experience entirely. My graduating class formed a sense of sisterhood; we were all friends and cared about one another. Of course there was drama , but that's always the case with girls! I am still close with many faculty members; in fact, they are writing me recommendation letters for my law school applications! If you are fortunate enough to attend this school, or send your daughter here, prepare for the four best years of your life. And enjoy every minute because they rush by!

- submitted by a community member
November 05, 2013
I find it incredible what people say about VJM. I am a Sophomore and can't wait until 6-16! Maybe some of these previous people who posted should read what their daughters write on FB about each other. That would show them how horrible their kids is. This school is the movie mean girls personified exponentially!

- submitted by a student
November 03, 2013
Villa has shown me how to better myself not only as a student, but also outside of school. The teachers take time to help the students; they know the students on a personal level that you cannot obtain at many other schools. The reason I plan to become a teacher is because of the experiences I have received at Villa, and will hope to give to my students when I come back and teach at Villa when i graduate college.

- submitted by a student
November 01, 2013
I too bought the hype about this school. It is WHO you know. By the way the administrationis a poor excuse for leadership! The girls are so stress ed by their "helecopter" parents.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2012
This past summer our family had a very personal loss. The support my daughter and our whole family have received from the Faculty, Staff, Student Body and Parents Guild has been amazing. Not only is your daughter attending a school for a great education, but she is also part of a family that truly cares about each other. Students that had no previous interactions with my daughter have reached out to her and tried to help in a variety of ways. All these expressions of love and concern, whether it s a simple smile or someone going out of their way to give her a ride, are what makes this school special. If there was any doubt in my mind previously that Villa was the right choice for my daughter, there isn t today! Obviously, as with life, no school is perfect and you must find the right fit for your child, but I highly recommend that you consider Villa. "Always more, always better, always with love."

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
As an alum of VJM, I can honestly say I am grateful I was able to attend . My education was top-notch, and the community and its values allowed me to develop confidence and a responsibility to give back to humanity. I am thankful EVERY DAY that Mrs. Michel helped me find Wake Forest - the perfect fit for me, and a school I may not have considered without her expertise. There are lessons, both in the classroom and beyond, that have stuck with me from my Villa days. To the parent concerned with "clicky" behavior; as a child/adolescent psychologist in my professional career, I feel that is more a reflection of society as a whole, and perhaps parenting, rather than a specific school or its policies. The story you speak of is not limited to VJM - I am sure you can find the same in EVERY SINGLE high school or academy across the country. And I sincerely doubt that anything is brushed under the rug - you may just not be privy to the actions taken as each student is entitled to confidentiality.

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 2012
I am an alum of Villa Joseph Marie, and I can say with honesty that, next to my parents, Villa had the greatest influence on the person I have become. At Villa, I learned to work hard (college was actually easy after Villa!), to step outside my comfort zone in order to grow as an individual, and to be a kind and gentle person in a world that is often anything but. Was it a perfect place? No. But no place is perfect. Life itself is not perfect, and that is something everyone must learn as they mature. Overall, my experience was exceptional, and I graduated from Villa with an excellent education, many wonderful friends, lifelong memories, and a clear direction in life. I look forward to the day when my own daughter becomes a Villa Girl herself.

- submitted by a student
October 03, 2012
I am an alum parent of two daughters who graduated from Villa - one in '03 and the other in '05. The education they received was by far the best!! The staff - faculty, teachers, administration treat the girls like they are their "own" daughters! The atmosphere is warm and inviting - everyone wants to make a difference in the lives of the girls and their families. My daughters have gone on to become very successful young ladies and I attribute their success to the hard work and dedication in high school and college. They were so ready for college when they graduated Villa! Villa is the best!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
Villa Joseph Marie is an outstanding institution that focuses on the empowerment of young women in our community. This empowerment comes from the commitment of the faculty and administration to not only the superior education for the girls, but as importantly, for their overall character building. I know a number of graduates from Villa and they are successful, have a sense of community and 'give back' at every opportunity and are well rounded. The guidance department is unequaled in their commitment and dedication to the welfare of each and every student on a daily basis.

- submitted by a community member
October 03, 2012
Our daughter is a senior at Villa and the way the girls welcomed her made the decision of where to go to HS easy. She has had a wonderful experience and blossomed over the last three years into a confident young woman. The faculty takes the time to develop individual relationships and genuinely care. Whether it is a faculty member meeting at 7 am to review an assignment or returning an email late into the evening, the staff is very accessible and providing an excellent education. The administration is not hiding in offices using just email as a means of communication. Our Campus Minister is one of the most special people that we have ever met and we are grateful for the impact that her work has on the girls. The girls are stepping outside of themselves and learning what it means to be part of a community, maturing into compassionate and giving young ladies. We are proud to see our daughter navigate through the college application process with such confidence. We credit the Guidance Department with providing a detailed understanding of the application process and then pushing her to get things done on her own vs. having us take care of it for her. The culture at Villa is special.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
The weakest link at this school is the administration. The community (both parents & students) are very clicky and the girls can be brutally unkind to whomever they deem as the victim of the month. I have heard this story over and over about this school. The problem is that the administration tries to fix the problems by sweeping them under the rug rather than addressing the utter lack of character that is threaded throughout that community. As for the education; A large group of the teachers are young with little experience under their belts and it shows.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
I am an alumna of VJM and also the parent of a student that will graduate in the spring of 2010. The teachers, guidance department, and extended staff make Villa a home away from home for the girls. When you walk into the school and watch the interaction between students and staff members you see a very special family-like bond. They recognize the uniqueness in each and every student. The last line of their mission statement is 'A Villa graduate is a Christ-like woman committed to a life of faith and service, a lifelong learner, and an empowered global citizen.' This statement defines my daughter. Villa has prepared her well. I know that when she leaves for college in the fall, she will be ready to take on the academic challenges and be confident enough stand strong in her faith and values.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
Villa is a wonderful school. Provides a nuturing and safe environment which allows students to excel in their academics and to become empowered as women. There are plenty of different activities to get involved. There's a community atmosphere at Villa which creates a strong bond between the school and the students and between the students themselves. Graduates of Villa are well prepared for the challenges of college. Villa does an excellent job in helping it's students and parents navagate the college maze! I have a daughter graduating in May of 2010 that will be attending the college of her choice and a younger daughter that's looking forward to attending Villa. Both girls attended public schools in elementary and middle school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2003
Sent my three daughters to Villa. The oldest went kicking and screaming. The others more willingly. The oldest was a frequent guest of the principal for rules infractions. All three girls were involve with the sport programs with the two younger ones captain of their track team. All were involve with student council and extra curricular activities. Today all three are very successful in their own fields of endeavors. I believe that Villa is largely responsible for this with there all round educational system that trains the student to be tomorrow leaders. Oh, that kicking and screaming daughter is now preparing to send her daughter to Villa in 2005.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
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Villa Joseph Marie High School
1180 Holland Road, Southampton, PA  18966
(215) 357-8810
Last modified Villa Joseph Marie High School is a Private school that serves grades 9-12
Villa Joseph Marie High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 20 reviews. Top