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Villa Maria
Villa Maria
4245 Decarie Boulevard
Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3K4
Contact name:
Mirella Spadafora

Phone number:
(514) 484-4950×
Villa Maria

Villa Maria

4245 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3K4

Grades (Gender):
7 to 11 (Coed)
$4,200 per year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
30 to 36
Day: 1,400 (Gr. 7 - 11)

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Contact Name:
Mirella Spadafora

Phone Number:

School Address
4245 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, H4A 3K4

About this school:

Founded in 1854 on a magnificent campus, Villa Maria is a leading private high school for girls and boys in Montreal housing two distinct schools, one English, one French, of approximately 1400 students . We provide young adults not only with pedagogical excellence, but with life skills that are required to be successful in our changing global community. Visit our Open House- French: Sept. 19 & 22, English: Sept. 26 & 29, 2015.

Principal's Message


Tammy Groff, Interim Director of Educational Services

I am excited to embark on Villa Maria’s new strategic directions; welcoming boys, and continuing to
use technology as a tool to enhance our strong curriculum. After 161 years, change is not always
easy, as Barack Obama says: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or for some
other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

As we transition to a coeducational environment, our talented and highly-skilled professional staff will
continue to offer our students a world of opportunities. Our teacher training is designed so that
technology is used in the service of our differing students’ needs and the subject matter that they
teach. We offer curricular, humanitarian, sports and extracurricular activities to develop their
emotional, academic and social competence.

They can select from a wide-variety of academicpursuits: from robotics to music and from mathematics to art. Our students grow to be confident,curious and motivated young adults who are well prepared to take on their next challenges, no matter the path they choose to follow.






Primary Curriculum:

  • Pedagogies and subject courses

  • Mathematics
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    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: [Villa Maria has not provided this information]

    • Calculator policy: [Villa Maria has not provided this information]

    • Teaching approach: [Villa Maria has not provided this information]

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

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    Humanities and Social Sciences
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    Foreign Languages
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    • Languages Offered: • French

    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Visual Arts
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    Computers and Technology
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    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
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    • Villa Maria's approach to sex-ed: [Villa Maria has not provided this information]

    Religious Education
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    Curriculum Pace

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

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    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Villa Maria says about flexible pacing: [Villa Maria has not provided this information]

    Academic Culture

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

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    Developmental Priorities

    Primary Developmental Priority:

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    Special Needs Support Limited


    Villa Maria offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:

      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Villa Maria does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.


    What Villa Maria says:

    Villa Maria has not provided this information.

    • Sports OfferedRecreationalCompetitive
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
    • Clubs Offered
      Community Service
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      School newspaper
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid



    Villa Maria has not provided this information.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students10%
    3rd child (sibling)all students25%
    4th child (sibling)all students25%

    Need-based financial aid

    Villa Maria has not provided this information.

    Merit based Scholarships

    Villa Maria has not provided this information.


    Total enrollment 1,400
    Average enrollment per grade350
    Gender (grades)7 to 11 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution: We do not have this data for Villa Maria




    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)N/A

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Villa Maria says: Villa Maria has not provided this information


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Villa Maria is looking for: Villa Maria has not provided this information

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type7891011
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    Stories & Testimonials


    Kenya Connection

    Two Maasai Warriors, Wilson Meikuaya and Jackson Ntirkana, visited Villa Maria as part of their Canadian tour sponsored by “Free the Children”. Students who visited Kenya last July during a humanitarian trip met the two Maasai who work for “Me to We” as guides and cultural ambassadors.
    During a special assembly, the Maasai tribesmen described how they became warriors, scholars, and leaders in their community; and how the future generations’ battles will be in the classroom.
    Villa was also pleased to welcome Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children, who galvanized the audience and inspired them to continue to be socially engaged and create positive change. ...

    Olympic Champion returns to Villa Maria

    Olympic champion and Villa Maria alumna speaks to students
    Rhian Wilkinson, Class of 2000, returned to speak to the students at an assembly in the Therese Casgrain Hall. The students were thrilled to hear about a Villa sister who triumphed on the Olympic stage and crowded around her for autographs and a chance to admire her Olympic medal. ...

    Brain Bee Winners

    Brain Bee Winners
    Congratulations to Secondary 4 student Firoza Lussier who won McGill’s Brain Bee competition, and bravo to Evelyn Macdonald and Sarina Lalla who came in 2nd and 4th!
    Thirty-two students from six Montreal area high schools were quizzed about synapses, axons and other cerebral facts in the international scientific contest held at the Montreal Neurological Institute on February 21st.  Firoza will go on to the Canadian National Brain Bee at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON in May. The national winner will travel to Vienna or Hawaii for the International Brain Bee.
    The Brain Bee is a bilingual event where contestants answer questions about the brain and the nervous system, including such diverse topics as memory, sleep, emotion, perception, stress, aging, brain-imaging, neurology, genetics, and brain disease. The competition begins with a written neuroanatomy quiz followed by a round of questions. The top six contestants compete in the final round. ...

    Villa Maria : A School in Action

    The Villa Maria WE Day Committee which once started out with twenty students has now grown to sixty members. On February 29, 2012, fifty students participated in the WE Day Event which took place at Montreal’s St. Denis Theatre to inspire and celebrate the youth movement for global change. The event included musical artists and guest speakers such as Jesse Jackson, Justin Trudeau, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, Martin Sheen, Shawn Desman and Nikki Yanofsky. Villa Maria has become a true “School in Action”, inspiring its students to care about social justice and providing the practical tools to turn that inspiration into action inside and outside the school. Recent events include the Talent Show, Arts+, Christmas Baskets, Walkathons, the Anti-Bullying Campaign and the humanitarian trips encouraging the movement of “youth helping youth”. In particular, the Christmas Basket drive in which one hundred and fifty boxes of food were collected from students in all grades and given to various organizations including the Centre des Femmes, St. Monica’s Parish, St. Gabriel’s Parish, Nazareth House, and the Missionary Sisters of Charity, helped to feed over twenty-three families. Nadia Martone, Pastoral Animator, expresses her pride with this achievement, “My favourite memory of this past Christmas will be standing in the hallway in the E wing in awe as I looked at the many boxes stacked up, filled with love and generosity….and I realized that we are surrounded by the greatest gift of all every day, the spirit of goodness and kindness and love that lives in all of us at Villa”! Another successful event at school was the 24-hour Vow of Silence taken in solidarity with children who are silenced by poverty, disease, and exploitation. Students took a full day reprieve from talking, texting and all social media to bring awareness to the children who do not have the ability to voice their basic rights. ...

    Villa Maria Students Visit China

    On June 30, 2010, seven Villa Maria students from Secondary 3 and 4 embarked on an unforgettable two-week voyage to China with Social Studies Teacher Janet Lewis ’96 and Mathematics Teacher Jennifer Wyse ’96. They toured the ancient cities of Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai and Hong Kong. For two weeks, they were immersed in history, touring the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven Park, the Great Wall of China, and the newer Olympic buildings in Beijing. In Xi’an they visited the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Shaanxi Provincial Historical Museum, and the Museum of Terracotta Warriors and Horses. In Shanghai, a city known for finance and commerce, they visited the Shanghai World Financial Center. Finally, reaching Hong Kong, known for its expansive skyline, sites to be seen included Victoria Peak, Aberdeen Harbour, Stanley Market and Lantau Island. During their time in China, they were subject to dizzying heights and offered much-appreciated foot messages. They sharpened their bargaining skills and enjoyed the bird, flower and goldfish markets. They investigated the culture by foot, rickshaw and sampan transport, viewed an acrobatic show and historical monuments, tasted mouth-watering food, learned how to speak a little Mandarin, and embraced this magnificent trip, creating treasured memories and friendships. Miss Lewis remarked, “The students enjoyed every single day, and we saw friendships grow between girls who had not really known each other before. I think I speak for all of us when I say that the Buddhist Temples were a highlight, as were the Great Wall and Hong Kong. Though the girls were amazed at many of the differences: the food, the traffic, the language, the living space, the bargaining, the toilets, they were also a little shocked that some aspects of Chinese life and society were not that different from our own.” In conclusion, Miss Wyse said, “We learned a little bit of Mandarin: “yes”, “no”, “thank you”, “I love you” and “watermelon”. We are going to have to go back to China to practice. I don’t think there would be any complaints from the students. Most wanted to stay longer and so did their teachers!” Other wonderful trips are offered to the students of Villa Maria: Secondary 4 and 5 students traveled to Amsterdam, Paris, Brussels and England in February, Secondary 4 and 5 students will visit New York City in April, and a trip to Ecuador is planned for June. ...


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