mia_elle2015.JPGOur Program

Villa Madonna Montessori is a non-profit Montessori School (ages 3-6) sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery in Northern Kentucky. Our unique setting is a converted brick barn situated on 200+ scenic acres overlooking the Ohio River in Villa Hills, Kentucky.

At Villa Madonna Montessori our mission is to provide a learning environment in which children are encouraged to: develop an awareness of self, develop a respect for the community, and honor their spirituality. 

The "Montessori" Philosophy

Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician, designed a system of education centered around the needs of each individual child. All of her methods and ideas are based on an ongoing process of close observation and direction. This method of education goes beyond the acquisition of basic skills and knowledge. While students are encouraged to become thoughtful readers, clear writers, skillful problem solvers and logical thinkers, they are also encouraged to fully develop their social, spiritual and moral potentials. Unlike most other educational models, the Montessori Method recognizes the importance of character development and spirituality in human growth. In this way, the educational experience becomes a journey of self-awareness as each individual finds his or her unique place in the world.

Teachers observe and evaluate the child's development and plan for continued growth, acting as facilitators of learning and function as designers of the environment, resource persons, role models, and demonstrators.



The Villa Madonna Montessori program is set up to help each child reach his/her full potential in all areas of life. Maria Montessori believed that all areas were equally important to a child's development. These areas include:

  • Grace & Courtesy
  • Practical Life
  • Sensorial
  • Language
  • Math
  • Cultural
  • Art

Our program places a strong emphasis on each of these subject areas encouraging children to grow in all facets of life. For example, we plan a variety of multicultural days to promote cultural awareness such as but not limited to observing Chinese New Years, St. Lucia Celebration, St. Patrick's Day, and Valentine's Day.


Villa Early Learning Center was started in 1971 through the foresight of Mother Benedict Bunning of Saint Walburg convent. Through a generous donation from Richard Lillick (music teacher at Villa Academy), Sr. Thomas Noll and the Job Corp were able to remodel our red brick cow barn. There were 14 children in the first class.

Montessori being new in the area, the Sisters not only educated the children but had many workshops and conferences for the enlightenment of the parents. The parents were happy with the program and responded with generous financial backing.

The third year the school was established, an afternoon class (extended day) was started for 5 year olds. Through the years many changes have taken place. The enrollment has more than tripled and the waiting list is as large as the classes. The wagon wheel lights have been replaced by much needed ceiling fans; for health reasons the fire place has been sealed; our name has been changed to Villa Madonna Montessori; we are full members and affiliates of the American Montessori Society and the Cincinnati Montessori Society.

Villa Madonna Montessori continues to share a campus with and maintain relationships with Villa Madonna Academy and St. Walburg Monastery.

                                                    Children love learning about food preparation!

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