When is the best time to apply to Villa Maria?
It is best to apply from September through February for the following year. Villa Maria works on a rolling admissions basis so you can apply at any time. However, priority is given to students who have applied earlier in the year.
Do you have professionals, such as Speech and Language therapists and Occupational Therapists?
Yes, we have a social worker, school nurse and speech and language therapists on staff. An occupational therapist is available at a private fee. In September, parents meet with their child’s teacher and together they determine how to adjust the student’s schedule to establish times and days for therapy sessions.
How are students grouped for instruction?
Students are grouped by ability for reading, writing, and math. For example, if you are a fourth grader reading on a 3.5 grade level, you will generally be grouped with other fourth graders working on approximately the same level. For other subjects, such as social studies and science, students are group by grade level. This will enable students to keep up with the curriculum and standards in their public school.
What kinds of students does Villa Maria serve?
Villa Maria serves children of average to above average intelligence with learning disabilities: including mixed receptive/expressive language disorders; dyslexia, dyscalculia, auditory and visual processing weaknesses; fine motor difficulties; executive functioning weakness; Non-Verbal learning disorders, Asperger’s; and ADD or ADHD. Unfortunately, we are unable to take students whose primary disability is emotional or behavioral as we are not a therapeutic facility.
Do you have a socials skills program?
Yes, our social worker runs a class with each grade level to teach and refine social skills.
How long do most students stay at Villa Maria School?
Villa Maria is a transition school. Most students stay from two to three years and then return to public school or to an independent private school. A number will stay for a shorter or longer period of time based on their individual needs.
Is religion part of the instructional day at Villa Maria?
The students at Villa Maria come from a wide variety of religious backgrounds. There is either a religion or ethics class offered at the end of the day. Choices are an Old and New testament classes, Catholocism, and Ethics. Some parents hire a tutor to help prepare their children for their Bar Mitzvahs. In June, you are given a registration form on which you indicate which class, you would like your child to attend.
Is Villa Maria a state approved school?
Yes, Villa Maria is a state approved special education school. In addition, we are accredited by the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools.
Are all of your teachers certified by the state of Connecticut?
Yes, as a state approved special education facility, they are required to be fully certified. In addition, most teachers have Master’s Degrees and have completed advanced graduate studies.