The K-8 Advantage
A growing body of research identifies the K-8 advantage in schools. Research shows the K-8 structure is beneficial to adolescent students (ages 12-14) as they perform at higher levels academically than their traditional middle school peers. In addition, the social and emotional needs of students are better met in a K-8 school. Research shows that students who attend K-8 schools:
- Experience higher levels of self esteem
- Feel safer, with less discipline and behavior problems threatening their education
- Have a positive attitude toward school
- Have higher levels of academic achievement
- Attend schools with more diverse student and teacher populations and smaller grade sizes
- Experience more core instructional time, allowing for greater exploration and integration, rather than a focus on strictly content, departmentalization, and adherence to a rigid schedule
- Have significantly higher scores in reading, language arts, and mathematics
- Do not experience loss of achievement because of disruptive transitions
- Experience better outcomes in 9th grade
From kindergarten to middle school, Villa Maria’s K-8 structure provides opportunities for development of character and leadership and creative and critical thinking skills along with providing a strong academic foundation for high school and beyond.
Villa Maria Academy eighth-grade students are school leaders. Younger children view them as role models; their teachers hold high expectations for them, and give them opportunities to respond accordingly. The comprehensive level of responsibility and leadership vested in our students gives them a taste of real leadership. It allows them to develop the self-confidence that will prepare them for success in high school.
The Villa Maria Academy legacy lasts a lifetime. Students experiencing a Villa education throughout kindergarten, elementary and middle school develop timeless values, friendships, a strong academic foundation, and zeal and curiosity for learning that will benefit them throughout their lives.