Villa Maria Academy (Erie, Pennsylvania)
|Villa Maria Academy|
|2403 West 8th Street
Erie, Pennsylvania, (Erie County) 16505
|Motto||Faith, Family, Excellence, and Tradition|
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic
(Sisters of St. Joseph)
|President||Fr. Scott W. Jabo|
|Principal||Sr. Mary Drexler SSJ|
|Campus size||30 acres (120,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Admissions Director||Kathleen M. Roach|
|Athletic Director||Dan Ek|
Villa Maria was established in 1892 as an all-girls school by the Sisters of St. Joseph. It is the oldest Catholic high school in Erie. It was originally at 8th and Liberty streets before being moved in 1954. The original academy buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.
The school became coeducational in 1989. On January 8, 2009 Villa announced a merger with Cathedral Preparatory School, but the schools maintain their separate campuses and identities. "Villa-Prep" is run by a single Board of Directors, whose members include the principals of the respective schools.
Villa returned to all-girls, but boys who were attending could stay until graduation. In the 2012/2013 school year, Villa became all-girls.
- MSA-CSS. "MSA-Commission on Secondary Schools". Retrieved 2009-05-23.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- VMA. "Facts About VMA". Villa Maria Academy website. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-05-11.
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