Our History

Villa Victoria Academy is a Catholic, private, independent school owned and operated by the Religious Teachers Filippini. St. Lucy Filippini founded this religious order of Sisters in Montefiascone, Italy at the end of the seventeenth century. Since that time, the Filippini Sisters have eagerly followed St. Lucy’s instructions to “Go and Teach”.

In 1910, five Filippini sisters arrived in the United States, settling in Trenton, NJ. As the ministry of the Filippini sisters prospered, the bishop of Trenton at the time, Most Reverend Thomas Joseph Walsh, dedicated himself whole-heartedly to the development of their institute.

With the help of a New York businessman, James Cox Brady, Bishop Walsh was able to purchase the Fisk Estate in the suburb of West Trenton in 1920. Soon after the purchase of the estate, it was renamed and dedicated Villa Victoria after Mr. Brady’s late wife, Victoria May Pery Brady. The forty-four acre estate and the building that stood upon it were donated to the Religious Teachers Filippini to be used as the Motherhouse and Novitiate for their American Province. In 1933, Villa Victoria Academy was formally christened as a private academy.

Villa Victoria Academy has grown and flourished into a progressive institute of learning at both the primary and secondary levels. Villa Victoria Academy strives to seek out and cultivate the distinct gifts of each student in her care. This thirst for knowledge and innovation is balanced by a high regard for Villa Victoria Academy’s long-standing tradition of excellence in education.

The VVA Mission

The mission of Villa Victoria Academy, consistent with the Catholic vision of the Religious Teachers Filippini, is to respect the inherent dignity of each individual, to educate the whole person, and to empower young women to reach their full potential and influence the world in a truly Christian manner.

Villa Victoria Academy admits female students of any race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate (on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, national and/or ethnic origin) in the administration of its educational policies, in its admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and/or school-administered programs. As a Catholic school, all decisions, plans, and programs must support the teachings, mission, and philosophy of the Roman Catholic Church.

We believe the following:

Life is a gift from God and should be safeguarded. Every person, created in the image and likeness of God, possesses inherent worth and deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. Every person has the ability to learn and reach her potential. Children are our community’s most valuable asset and have a right to safety, love, and learning.

Education is a shared responsibility of the school community which consists of the administration, faculty, parents, and students. The academic and spiritual formation of girls is vital to the human family. Effective education develops the whole person – spiritually, intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically.

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