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Villanova College
Villanova College
2480 15th Sideroad, P.O. Box 133, King City, Ontario, L7B 1A4
Contact name:
Kristen Figliano

Phone number:
(905) 833-1909×
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Villanova College

Villanova College

2480 15th Sideroad, P.O. Box 133, King City, Ontario, L7B 1A4

Grades (Gender):
4 to 12 (Coed)
$17,400 to 46,000/year
Main Language:
Avg. Class Size:
Day: 550 (Gr. 4 - 12)

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Contact Name:
Kristen Figliano

Phone Number:

School Address
2480 15th Sideroad, P.O. Box 133, King City, Ontario, L7B 1A4



About this school:


Villanova College is York Region’s only independent Catholic school preparing young men and women for university and for life. Learning at Villanova is exciting, engaging and enduring. Small class sizes, the Teacher-Advisor Program and the Guided Learning Centre allow our faculty to give students the individual attention they require to reach and exceed their potential. Individual talents are nurtured through specialty academic programs, including Advanced Placement and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) as well as extensive co-curricular programs including music, performing arts and athletics. Located on 33 acres on the Oak Ridges Moraine, the school is situated in an idyllic setting with state of the art facilities including a triple gymnasium, completely wireless environment and brand new artificial turf field. The academic achievements of Villanova graduates have consistently been recognized through scholarship offers and acceptance to preferred universities. Our graduates have gone on to study at the most selective programs at highly regarded universities in North America and internationally. To provide your child with a foundation for lifelong success contact our admissions office or visit our website at www.villanovacollege.org.

The Our Kids review of Villanova College

our takeVillanova was founded in 1999 on property that is home to the Mary Lake Augustinian Monastery. Today the school operates independent of the order, in terms of finances and leadership, though shares the values of service and charity. While the school is understandably a draw for families looking for a school delivering the curriculum through a Catholic lens, it also attracts those from surrounding communities who, apart from religious observance, share those foundational values. The school is relatively young, though has established a strong academic and athletic reputation in a short time. The school also has set standards for online communication, and the use of technology in instruction and assessment. The ideal student is one able to thrive in a challenging, active student environment.

Principal's Message


Mark Musca, Principal

Villanova College is a wonderful school. Within its halls, there is a unique and genuine sense of fraternity, amicability, collegiality, peace, and hope.  It is present in our students and in our staff.  At Villanova College, our faith is an integral aspect of school life. Catholicity permeates all curricula, sports and arts programs and most importantly the attitude of each devoted teacher, support staff, and administrator at this school. All of our teachers are highly committed professionals, and Villanova students receive instruction that is second to none. With a vibrant and rich extra-curricular program, Villanova College has so much to offer each child both inside and outside the classroom. Interested parents are encouraged to visit www.villanovacollege.org to discover the texture that makes Villanova College different.


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional

What Villanova College says: Villanova College is an independent, Catholic school committed to the Augustinian values of unitas, veritas and caritas - unity, truth and love. Since 1999, the School has prepared young men and women for university, for leadership and life. Villanova educates its students in a caring environment focused on academics, while maintaining a balance between spirituality, arts, athletics and community involvement. Villanova College is a tightly knit family that supports and challenges students in grades 4 to 12, as they become independent critical thinkers so that they may lead with integrity. Challenge, community, care and respect are key characteristics of our school.

  • Approach:
    Focus Religious-based
    Academic Christian (Roman Catholic)

    If you want to learn more about faith-based education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Christian education, check out our comprehensive guide.
    If you want to learn more about Catholic education, check out our comprehensive guide.

  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  

    • What Villanova College says: Students are exposed to advanced topics in mathematics to develop the ability to define problems, design investigations to gather data, organize data, draw conclusions and then apply understandings to new and novel situations. Students are exposed to advanced topics in mathematics and use computer programming, simulation, and control devices to explore in a rigorous manner and learn how to systematically and creatively solve problems.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: There are many mathematics activities that do have students using calculators, while there are other tasks/units where calculators are not permitted. It depends on the lesson at hand and the learning goals of the particular lesson.

    Early Reading
    • What Villanova College says: This information is not currently available.

    • DIBELS Testing: This school does not use DIBELS testing to assess reading progress.

    • What Villanova College says: This information is not currently available.

    Writing Equal balance

      Programs that balance systematic and process approaches equally likely have an emphasis on giving young students ample opportunities to write, while providing supplementary class-wide instruction in grammar, parts of sentences, and various writing strategies.
      Learn about the different writing approaches  

    • What Villanova College says: This information is not currently available.

    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  

    • Teaching approach: This information is not currently available.

    • 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

    Literature Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  

    • What Villanova College says: This information is not currently available.

    Social Studies Core Knowledge

      Usually focused on teaching history and geography at an early age, the core knowledge approach uses story, drama, reading, and discussion to teach about significant people, places, and events. Breadth of content and knowledge is emphasized. The curriculum is often organized according to the underlying logic of the content: history might be taught sequentially, for example (as students move through the grades).
      Learn about the different social studies approaches  

    • What Villanova College says: This information is not currently available.

    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  

    • What Villanova College says: This information is not currently available.

    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  

    • What Villanova College says: This information is not currently available.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   9
    • Languages Offered: • French • Spanish • ESL

    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  

    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Graphic Design
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

    • What Villanova College says: This information is not currently available.

    Computers and Technology Heavy integration

      A major effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy throughout the curriculum and in everything students do. Digital literacy is understood to be a fundamental skill in the 21st century: it therefore follows, the idea goes, that teachers should find ways to connect every lesson back to technology. Effort is made to ensure the use of technology is meaningful and advances students’ skills beyond what they would otherwise be from using computers outside the classroom.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  

    • What Villanova College says: With our campus-wide wireless network, Villanova College is committed to developing and integrating technology to cultivate critical thinking skills, nurture creativity and enhance learning. All students use Edsby, a web-based Learning Management System with an integrated platform, to access course material, receive and submit assignments and collaborate with teachers and classmates. Parents are engaged in their child’s academic success and stay well connected and informed with on-line access to calendars, schedules, assignment deadlines and information regarding extra-curricular programs and school events. Students from grades 7 – 12 participate in our wireless Windows-based laptop program, while mobile labs are dedicated to students in grades 4 - 6.\nOur Educational Technology plan continues to emphasize the development of organizational skills, technological literacy, and the use of project based learning. Classrooms are digitally equipped to be interactive and we continue to explore the best educational resources including e-texts, OneNote, and specialized software.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Villanova College says: Villanova College has specialist Physical Education educators teaching each grade in the school. Every child in grades 4-9 are required to take physical education as one of their eight courses. In grades 10-12, physical education is an optional course. In all grades, we strive to develop lifelong skills such as sportsmanship, fair play, accountability, the ability to work with others effectively, the ability to lead others in a positive manner, the ability to perform at one\'s best, and the ability to enjoy athletic activities.

    Religious Education 11 to 25% of curriculum

    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Villanova College says: As a member of our Catholic community, each student, no matter what his/her religious conviction, must take religion classes as part of his/her academic preparation. Religious instruction is a scholastic discipline with the same systematic demands and rigour as other courses. Far from an accessory, religious instruction presents the Christian message and the Christian event in an engaging and inter-disciplinary manner. The presentation of the Christian message influences the way in which the origins of the world, the sense of history, the basis of ethical values, the function of religion in culture, the destiny of [humankind] and [their] relationship with nature, are understood. Through inter-disciplinary dialogue religious instruction underpins, activates, develops and completes the educational activity of the school.

    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Physics 2
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP English Literature and Composition

    Sex and Health Education Doesn’t follow Ontario curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    This school only begins in Gr. 4.
    Topics We begin covering this topic at: Begins in Ontario
    Body parts Gr. 4 Gr. 1
    Nutrition Gr. 4 Gr. 1
    Human development Gr. 4 Gr. 1
    Puberty Gr. 5 Gr. 4
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 7 Gr. 4
    Reproduction Gr. 7 Gr. 5
    Pregnancy Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 8 Gr. 7
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 7 Gr. 7
    Contraception Gr. 8
    Consent Gr. 8 Gr. 9
    Sexual orientation Gr. 8
    Gender identity Gr. 8
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 10
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 8 Gr. 8
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 9 Gr. 12
    Sexual harassment Gr. 7 Gr. 9
    Body image issues Gr. 4 Gr. 7
    Mental illness Gr. 9 Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 6

    What Villanova College says: This information is not currently available.

    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.

    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.


    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    69 % of Our Kids' schools use a traditional approach for sex and health education


    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.

    What Villanova College says: This information is not currently available.

    Curriculum Pace Accelerated

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    The main curriculum accelerates beyond the pace of the provincial one; ALL students do the work of OLDER public-school peers in tangible and measurable ways. This accelerated pace is maintained by the teachers and school, (through textbook selection, topic selection, grading, assignment standards and expectations, etc).

    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 Villanova College says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.

    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Villanova College says: At Villanova College students are challenged to discern and develop their interests and strengths with the personal attention and support of a caring faculty who are committed to seeing their students succeed at the post-secondary level and beyond. We provide a rigorous academic program that exceeds Ministry of Education expectations and emphasizes skill development. This educational philosophy gives our students an academic advantage as Villanova graduates consistently gain entrance to their preferred universities and experience success in elite university programs.\n

    Developmental Priorities Spiritual, Intellectual

    Primary Developmental Priority: Spiritual
    Individuals with inner resourcefulness, strong faith, and respect for God or a higher power.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    What Villanova College says: Villanova College is an independent, Catholic school committed to the Augustinian values of unitas, veritas and caritas, meaning unity, truth and love. Since 1999, the School has prepared young men and women for university, for leadership and for life. Villanova educates its students in a caring environment focused on academics while maintaining a balance between spirituality, arts, athletics and community involvement.

    Special Needs Support Moderate


    Villanova College provides special accomodations for certain learning disabilities (moderate to severe). They do not provide specialized support for developmental disabilities, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Extra support
    • Support for moderate-to-severe special needs:
      Special needs
      Learning disabilities
      ADHD (moderate to severe)
      Dyslexia (Language-Based Learning Disability)
      Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)
      Language Processing Disorder
      Nonverbal Learning Disorders (NLD)
      Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit
      Asperger's Syndrome
      Down syndrome
      Intellectual disability
      Behavioral and Emotional
      Troubled behaviour / troubled teens
      Clinical Depression
      Suicidal thoughts
      Drug and alcohol abuse
      Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
      Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder)
      Cystic Fibrosis
      Multiple physical
    • Forms of support delivery:
      Support Type = offered
      A regular class with indirect support
      A regular class with resource assistance
      A regular class with withdrawal assistance
      A special education class with partial integration
      A full-time special education class
    • Additional Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Social skills programs
      Occupational therapy
      Speech-language therapy

    Gifted Learner Support Accelerated curriculum

    Accelerated curriculum

    All students enrolled at Villanova College are on an accelerated curriculum -- whether they are classified as gifted or not. This means they perform the work of older peers in the provincial system..

    Dedicated gifted programs:

    Program = offered
    Full-time gifted program (parallel to rest of school)
    Part-time gifted program (pull-out; parallel to rest of class)

    Curriculum delivery: This information is not currently available.

    In-class adaptations:
    Practice = offered
    Custom subject enrichment (special arrangement)
    Custom curriculum compacting (special arrangement)
    Guided independent study (custom gifted arrangement)
    Cyber-learning opportunities (custom gifted arrangement)
    Formalized peer coaching opportunities (specifically for gifted learners to coach others)
    Custom subject acceleration (special arrangement)
    Career exploration (custom gifted arrangement)
    Project-based learning (custom gifted arrangement)
    Mentorships (custom gifted arrangement)

    What Villanova College says: This information is not currently available.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Villanova College students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    Villanova College 30 mins45 mins60 mins60 mins90 mins90 mins90 mins120 mins120 mins
    Site Average30 mins34 mins41 mins54 mins59 mins71 mins82 mins97 mins110 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades4 to 6
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback4 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting4 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting4 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings4 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.

    Recess Policy

    Non-lunch recessFrequency No recess No recess No recess No recess No recess
    Location Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable Not applicable
    Amount 35 35 35 15 15
    Lunch recessAmount

    What Villanova College says: This information is not currently available.

    Recess segmentation: This school segments recesses by grade

    What Villanova College says: This information is not currently available.


    What Villanova College says:

    This information is not currently available.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Field Hockey
      Ice Hockey
      Track & Field
      Downhill skiing
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Audiovisual Club
      Chess Club
      Community Service
      Computer Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Habitat for Humanity
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Poetry/Literature club
      Robotics club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council

    Tuition & Financial Aid


    Day Homestay (International)
    Homestay (International)$46,000
    What Villanova College says: The School's objective is to provide affordable access to as many families as possible and as a result offers sibling discounts, flexible payment options and the Tuition Assistance Program for families with financial need, in order that every child can attend Villanova College. The tuition covers most, but not all of the academic expenses of the school.


    Discount TypeEnrollment TypeAmount
    2nd child (sibling)all students5%
    3rd child (sibling)all students10%

    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 4 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    February 01, 2016 Repeats annually

    More information:

    Application Details:

    This school works with Apple Financial Inc. for processing financial applications

    Merit based Scholarships

    Entrance Scholarship - Grade 7 & 9 (renewable annually)
    Amount: $1,000
    Deadline: 12/01/2015
    Eligibility Details:

    Villanova College seeks to bring the best and brightest to our school. Scholarships are available to new students entering grades 7 and 9. All scholarships are in the amount of $1,000 and are awarded to the students that achieve the highest scores on their entrance exams. The scholarships are renewable annually subject to the student maintaining high academic standing.

    Application Details:

    To be eligible, full application and Villanova entrance exam must be completed by December 1. 


    Total enrollment 550
    Average enrollment per grade61
    Gender (grades)4 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offeredNo

    Student distribution:

    Day Enrollment1515155055100100100100



    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview4 - 6
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)7 - 12
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee 

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:

    What Villanova College says:

    The Admissions team reviews a variety of information to determine the preparedness of each applicant to succeed in the university-preparatory program and co-curricular offerings of the School. Admission to Villanova College is competitive and decisions are based on the following:

    • Exam results from the SSAT or the Villanova Entrance Exam* (not both) - Grades 7 - 12
    • Interview - Grades 4 - 6 (mandatory)
    • Prior academic achievement
    • Teacher recommendation
    • Conduct and attendance records
    • Participation in co-curricular activities

    *To register for a Villanova entrance exam, please contact the Admissions Office directly. All exams are written at Villanova College with a start time of 9am. Villanova entrance exams will be offered on the following dates:

    November 21, 2015, February 6, 2016, April 9, 2016, May 28, 2016


    Acceptance Rate:


    Type of student Villanova College is looking for: This information is not currently available.

    Day Homestay

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type456789101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    12 - 15 (95%)0015 - 30 (95%)040 - 60 (95%)000
    Homestay Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)

    University Placement

    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size100
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements30
    **Ivy+ placements5

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    What Villanova College says:

  • Notable Alumni

    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Alex Pietrangelo 2008 Alex Pietrangelo (VC'08) is an NHL hockey player and olympian winning a gold medal with the Canadian men's hockey team in Sochi in 2014.

    Alumni Highlights

    • Villanova College alumni regularly volunteer to mentor new students.
    • Our annual Alumni Day welcomes back several of our alumni currently studying or working. They have the opportunity to make one-on-one connections with current students preparing to attend university.


    • The Conference of Independent Schools of Ontario (CIS) Associations
    • Advanced Placement Canada (AP) Associations

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    Kristen Figliano

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