Villa Maria Academy

The Villa Maria Academy is a private, independent, Catholic co-educational elementary school located in the Country Club section of the Northeast Bronx.
The school is owned and operated by the Religious Women of the Congregation of Notre Dame.
Over the course of more than a century, the Villa has established a reputation for academic excellence, a robust faith life and a deep and abiding sense of family and community.
The Villa has been an outstanding member of the academic community of New York City, consistently producing capable, ambitious, well-rounded alumni active in the worlds of business and the arts.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 290 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $8,500
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Villa Maria Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
290 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
Villa Maria Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
19 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
18 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
200 registration fee and 200 fundraising responsibility.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Janice Mastropietro
Admissions Associate
Lucille Hall


Total Sports Offered
7 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
7 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, Math League, National Junior Honor Society, STEM Club, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama Club, Piano Lessons

School Notes

  • The curriculum of the Villa Maria Academy meets the standards of the Common Core, New York State Education Department and the Office of the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of New York. Villa Maria Academy is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.Villa Maria Academy has established a reputation for academic excellence reaching back over a century. Impressive alumni achievements affirm the school's stellar reputation. The Villa boasts standardized test scores that consistently exceed national and local averages of public and parochial schools.The Villa Maria Academy employs a classical pedagogy focused on mastery of the fundamentals. A strong foundation equips students to expand beyond the basics and delve deeper into more challenging levels and diverse subject matter. Close teacher accompaniment assured by small class sizes enables individualized attention.
  • The Villa Maria Academy campus is outstanding in its features and physical location. Nestled on 8 acres overlooking the picturesque Eastchester Bay, the campus comprises 3 buildings. The lower grades study in the original building with fully equipped science and technology labs and music and art studios. A large book and media collection spanning the decades is housed in an elegant library. The Great Hall accommodates school-wide liturgies and events. A separate junior high school building provides older students with a space for age-appropriate activities and includes Hall Marguerite, a communal gathering place for meals and events. The Visitation Center has a regulation-sized gymnasium that holds sports tournaments and community youth programs and doubles as a full-size theater. A quarter-mile track makes the school the perfect host for track and field competitions. In every possible way, the campus serves the academic and social needs of the community. The gardens double as classrooms to serve the varied needs of an integrated curriculum supporting science, art, and language. Large, grassy lawns invite games, picnics and socializing around a colorful playground used during recess, after school and play dates. A grotto offers a space for peaceful reflection and prayer. mary's Walk, a shaded pathway with benches, serves as a community meeting place. The campus is one of a handful in North America that displays a peace mural and a peace pole, announcing our prayer for peace in the languages that are meaningful to the Villa's history and culture.
  • The Villa Maria Academy faculty is comprised of teachers who are more than instructors. They care for each child and nurture their progress with individual attention and support. They are role models and mentors. They empower Villa students with confidence and encouragement.Inspired by the philosophy of "Liberating Education," Villa teachers seek to optimize each student'scapacity, freeing their potential and enabling them to go out and change the world. The Villa uniquely offers a high level of teacher attention as illustrated by the 1:18 teacher/student ratio. Teachers develop a deep sense of individual strengths and weaknesses and tailor lessons to optimize each student's gifts. Personalized instruction geared to meet each student's individual needs and learning styles guides them to their fullest potential.The Villa's independence as a private school assures the flexibility to teach creatively. The positive environment supports high teacher retention and experience.The Villa faculty is complemented by other professional staff members who enable the school to provide comprehensive and holistic education. These include a guidance counselor, campus minister and nurse.Ninety percent of the faculty holds master`s degrees. Lifelong learners, they participate in a range of professional development programs throughout the year.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Villa Maria Academy cost?
Villa Maria Academy's tuition is approximately $8,500 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Villa Maria Academy?
The acceptance rate of Villa Maria Academy is 75%, which is lower than the national average of 79%.
What sports does Villa Maria Academy offer?
Villa Maria Academy offers 7 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Golf, Softball and Track and Field.
What is Villa Maria Academy's ranking?
Villa Maria Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for: Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Villa Maria Academy?
The application deadline for Villa Maria Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Calendar

View the Villa Maria Academy yearly calendar below. Note key dates such as:

Good Friday<br>School Closed
March 29, 2024 (Friday)
Happy Easter!<br>School Closed from 3/29-4/7 for Easter Break
March 31, 2024 (Sunday)
School Closed - Snow Make-up Day
April 25, 2024 (Thursday)
School Closed - Snow Make-up Day
May 24, 2024 (Friday)
School Closed - Snow Make-up Day
May 28, 2024 (Tuesday)

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We are just coming to the end of our first year at Villa Maria Academy. It has been truly a great year for both of our children ( kindergarten and 3rd G) The teaches are excellent, a lot going on academically, music, sport, art and Italian language. Also, many activities for children and parents during the year. The school is great it makes you feel part of the school. They are easy to talk to and you feel that the school knows each individual child. We are very happy that we made the decision to sent our children here.
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I am so lucky that my children are happy at the Villa - as they work hard in academics, sports, art, music and their spiritual guidance. The teachers are amazing and really help each child to achieve their goals and excel. You will be happy here too!
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 290 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $8,500
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 18 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Bronx, NY is $11,376 for elementary schools and $18,388 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Bronx, NY is 76% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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