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Lighthouse Scholar Program

Villa Madonna Academy High School is proud to announce an exciting initiative focused on student growth and success. The Lighthouse Scholars Program will provide tools and structure for students to grow within their Advanced Learning Plan. It will allow students to develop critical thinking and executive functioning skills. The  Program includes the addition of faculty, a committed space for quiet testing and other learning needs, as well as weekly meetings with the Dean of Academics, Joe Cordonnier, to help track progress and goals.


The program also includes a partnership with student-led groups such as National Honor Society and Bring Change 2 Mind to provide additional access to learning resources, if desired, as well as social-emotional support.


Mary Birkenhauer, a Villa alumna, joins the Villa faculty to work with students within their ALPs. Mrs. Birkenhauer has 26 years of experience in Student Learning Support Services. She said, “As an educator, VMA graduate, and parent of a graduate, I am honored to assist in the inaugural Lighthouse Program. Students, with learning support provided by the implementation of the program, will be able to enhance their academic skills and become independent lifelong learners.”


The Lighthouse Scholars Program launches in August. To learn more about this groundbreaking program, please contact Joe Cordonnier at [email protected].