Why Villa Maria

Our students find success and confidence by engaging in meaningful work.

A recent note from a former student:

I absolutely loved Villa Maria School; it really helped me develop my executive function skills to combat my learning disability. Before Villa Maria I was struggling academically and struggling to make friends. During my time at Villa, I made great strides and was able to successfully transition into Darien High School, and then spent a year at The Spire School for senior year. I was accepted into prestigious schools such as Fairfield University, Landmark College and Sacred Heart University with scholarships. No words can explain how much the staff, teachers and environment at Villa helped me. Villa Maria who made such a big impact on my life. I will forever be thankful!

Fionn T
Class of 2017

Personalized Education

Our model of education provides skills remediation in small classes (average 4:1 ratio), while encouraging students to build independence, resilience, responsibility, self-awareness, and self-advocacy.

Students Find Success

Our students learn skills and strategies to build their independence as a learner.

Structured Environment

Our highly structured classroom learning environment improves opportunities for success, while our campus facilities provide for arts, athletics, sciences, and social-emotional development.

Social Development

Lessons of kindness, respect, integrity and compassion are integrated into everything we do as part of the Villa Maria curriculum. Social skills are explicitly taught to all students to support their social pragmatic skills.

Quality Teaching

All of our faculty are certified, dedicated, creative and professional, employing innovative and effective teaching and learning strategies

Integrated Services Team

Our integrated service team of speech and language pathologists, school counselor, school social worker, school nurse and occupational therapist work closely and collaboratively with our team of teachers.

Multisensory Approach

Engaging lessons are taught using multisensory instruction to facilitate learning according to their specific learning style.

Parent Communication

We view parents as partners in the education of their children, and we value their support and participation. We stress parent-teacher communication as a vital component of the Villa Maria education.


Our Villa Maria community is a close-knit family where we foster students to become the best and brightest version of themselves.