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Villa Academy

5001 NE 50th Street
Seattle, WA 98105

(206) 524-8885


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We believe that growth is a sequential process - that children pass through stages of development by learning through play and actively participating in directed learning experiences. We assist each child in growing to his/her potential by providing an environment that encourages the success of each child, respects the culture and needs of each child, and enables a collaborative working relationship with parents.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Library Access
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Pattern Blocks, various manipulatives
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Gardens, Orchards, kitchen access
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Gymnasium access
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

The High/Scope Preschool Curriculum provides the framework for us to teach the key experiences of creative representation, language and literacy, initiative and social relationships, movement, music, classification, seriation, numbers, space, and time, at age appropriate levels. The program is child-centered. It encourages children to learn by doing and invites creativity. Curricular areas are taught within a problem-solving context. Children are encouraged to interact as they work and enjoy explaining their thinking to their classmates.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Given class size, student-teacher ratio, and classroom structure, there is flexibility to individualize an activity or work with a student individually on a particular skill.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Villa Academy is the premier Catholic, independent school in the Northwest. In our unique learning environment, we are dedicated to excellence in the education of the whole child to develop character and prepare culturally competent individuals.

Villa Academy's Preschool program fulfills the developmental needs of young children. Recognizing that each child is unique, focus is placed on meetng the needs of the whole child, encouraging intellectual, physical, social, spiritual, emotional, and artistic growth.

A Typical Day

Each of our three classes has a different schedule, based on the hours and days they are here

For our youngest students who are with us MWF, 8:30-11:30am, a typical day might include

Morning Circle
Free Choice Play
Small Group Activity
Outside Play
Music Circle/Story Time

For our older students who are here five days per week, the program expands and includes such things as regularly scheduled visits to the school library and gym time. Our P4 students have the option to stay for lunch. Our P5 students are on campus for lunch as their program runs until 1:30pm.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Prior to the beginning of school, we host a parent orientation. Once school begins, we host a curriculum night. The school as a whole and classroom teachers individually provide weekly newsletters that are also available electronically. Formal parent-teacher conferences are held twice per year, and additional meetings can be requested at any time. There is also a significant amount contact that occurs daily at drop-off and pick-up.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

In addition to parent orientations and class social gatherings, we begin each school year with a slow start schedule to ease students into the school routine.