Villa Maria School
161 Sky Meadow Dr, Stamford, CT 06903Contact School E-mail the School Visit School's Website
The Villa Maria School is an independent, co-educational day school serving students with learning disabilities in grades K through 9.
Founded as a full-time day school in 1973 by the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters, Villa Maria has made success a reality for emotionally sound, bright students who are motivated to learn but have not met the demands of the assigned curriculum in their regular classrooms. In small classes with a 4:1 student-teacher ratio, Villa Maria supports and encourages children to learn, develop individual interests, and rise to and exceed the expectations of their parents, teachers and themselves.
Villa Maria is a state approved special education school and is also accredited by the State Department of Education and the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools. In addition, all of Villa Maria’s classroom teachers are certified in special education.
Teachers identify each child’s learning style and design multisensory lessons to help students learn material through visual, auditory, and kinesthetic activities. Morning classes focus on development of reading, math, and language arts skills. Students are grouped according to their abilities and skills in these subjects. Teachers employ an eclectic approach, adapting and modifying methods of instruction to meet individual student needs. Lessons are multisensory and address the multiple intelligences of the students.
For afternoon classes students are grouped by grade level. The curriculum includes science, social studies, study skills, art, music, keyboarding, word processing, language development, and religious or ethics instruction. Visual and auditory perception instruction is integrated into the younger students’ curriculum. The physical education program emphasizes individual goals, self confidence, and all facets of visual motor development.
Villa Maria provides push-in speech services integrated into language classes for all students and pull-out speech services for students identified as have a language disability. Occupational therapy is an optional service for a fee. Computers are available in all language classes and SmartBoards are accessible in the upper school. Assistive technology, including word prediction software and read out-loud programs, is provided as needed.
Dramatics, including two major performances a year, is part of the program and also offered as an after-school activity. Depending on student interest, other after-school programs may include homework club, sports, science club, cooking, and dance. A school-wide positive behavior support program and social skills classes promote emotional and social intelligence. Students also participate in student government and community service throughout the year.
|Academic Orientation||General Academic, Special Education|
|Grade Range||Day — Coed Ages 5-14|
|Coed, Boys, or Girls||Coed|
|Full Address||161 Sky Meadow Dr, Stamford, CT 06903|
|Religious Affiliation||Roman Catholic|
Tuition & Financial Aid
|Day Tuition||$41,000-42,750/sch yr|
|Need-Based Scholarships Awarded||25|
|Value of Need-Based Scholarships||$393,000|
Academics & Athletics
|Summer Session||Day. Educational & Recreational. Day $1900. 5 weeks.|
|Administrator||Sr. Carol Ann Nawracaj, OSF|
|Administrator's Title||Exec Dir|
|Director(s) of Admissions||Mary Ann Tynan|
Enrollment & Faculty
Campus & Endowment
|Buildings on Campus||1|