The Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery sponsor two ministries on the monastery property: Villa Madonna Academy and Villa Madonna Montessori.

Villa Madonna Academy is Northern Kentucky’s only private, co-ed Catholic school for grades K-12. Located south of Covington in the city of Villa Hills, Villa Madonna Academy overlooks the Ohio River. Since 1904, VMA has provided education to families of Northern Kentucky and greater Cincinnati.

VMA began on September 8, 1904, as Northern Kentucky’s only boarding and day school for girls. In 1907 VMA High School began in a large red brick building and graduated its first class of four young ladies in 1911.

When expansion again became necessary, a yellow brick was added in 1957 to the original 1907 building. The Benedictine Sisters took out a million dollar mortgage on their property to finance the new building, the first mortgage of that size in the area.

In 2000 VMA erected a third building, a multi-purpose sports complex. This freed space to construct a fine arts center, complete with a state of the art theater, dedicated February 2, 2005.

Excellence in education for women was VMA’s selling point until the parents of the students of Villa Madonna Montessori School (begun 1971) encouraged the VMA Board to welcome boys into the school. In 1977 boys joined the elementary school and in 1985 the high school. In 1990 there were three first male graduates.


From 1904 on, excellent education has been the goal of VMA’s faculty and students. The school affiliated with Catholic University of America in 1915 and renewed it in 1941. In 1923 the Kentucky State Department of Education accredited VMA as a Class A school. Under the 1959 system, the school maintains full accreditation in the Standard Class. VMA has also been a member of the Southern Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges since 1925. VMA’s test scores remain in the top ten percent of the nation.


College preparedness is an expectation of VMA’s families. In 2002 and 2003 VMA was named a Federal Blue Ribbon school.


Small class size and low student/teacher ratio attract new students. Students can enjoy full participation in the athletic program, high school advanced placement courses, a full array of fine arts, an integrated STEM curriculum, and progressive foreign language instruction.


VMA’s current student body is economically, culturally and religiously diverse. All benefit from the Benedictine tradition of over one hundred years of educational excellence. Click here to go to Villa Madonna Academy’s website:






Villa Madonna Montessori

In 1972 the Benedictine Sisters transformed the former monastery diary barn into classrooms to begin a preschool early learning center which later became Villa Madonna Montessori School. The school is a non-profit Montessori School (ages 3-6) sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery in Northern Kentucky. The unique setting overlooks the Ohio River in Villa Hills, Kentucky. Click here to go to Villa Madonna Montessori’s website: