Villa Maria Academy, with its commitment to excellence in education, has as its goal, the formation of Christian women who assume leadership and service roles within the family, the local and global community, and the universal Church.
We instill these values in every grade, but as the girls enter their middle school years (grades 6 – 8) we increase the opportunities for them to assume leadership roles.
The House System provides leadership opportunities among students and faculty in a way that is intentional and personal. For our older students, the House System provides powerful connections to fellow house members spanning Grades 6–8 with common identities, causes and activities.
Through inspiring and unique traditions, deep connections to the Godly examples of the house namesakes, and competition throughout the year, the houses foster a deep connection and call to a greater purpose.
Villa Maria Academy groups its Middle School students into six different “houses.” Faculty act as Housemasters, and select eighth graders serve as the House Captains. Students and teachers work with each another outside of the classroom and students establish connections that transcend classrooms and grade levels.
The House System separates students and faculty into smaller communities. In those communities, leadership opportunities are purposefully and productively taught and embodied for the ultimate end of building a stronger school community.
In a typical week, the houses will meet on Monday mornings to discuss house business and to work on house functions. The meetings take place with all of the members; both students and faculty attend the meetings.
House System History
Modeled after house systems often seen in European schools, the houses are named for saintly women from the church—Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, Saint Veronica, Saint Sophia, Saint Ursula, Saint Maria Goretti, and Saint Bridget. The names remind us of the struggles that the early church faced and of the faithfulness of God.
Their stories are encouraging and their lives are worth emulating. Each year, the students are reminded of their house namesakes to encourage them to emulate those who have faithfully gone before.