Wildcat Traditions

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In addition to providing students with a challenging and global education, we celebrate together with many annual community-building activities. Students have many opportunities to attend school dances, pep rallies, Career Day speakers, and our signature Wildcat Traditions with their friends and classmates throughout their high school experience. As a boarding school with students from all over the world, we make it a priority for all students to learn about each other's cultures. As a small Catholic school, we offer students many opportunities to make their high school experience a memorable and character-building experience.

Wildcat Day

Wildcat Day at Villanova Preparatory School is an annual extravaganza that embodies the vibrant spirit and unity of our community. An annual tradition since the 1970s, this day-long celebration brings together our entire school family. Divided into ten enthusiastic "packs," we participate in a wide array of sports competitions, beginning with spirited relay races and creative skits presented by each pack. The day unfolds with rounds of volleyball, soccer, capture the flag, ultimate frisbee, and even intertube water polo.

Wildcat Day winners are celebrated in various categories, including sportsmanship, spirit, and overall excellence. Wildcat Day is a powerful reminder of the enduring bonds that connect us as Wildcats, rooted in our shared commitment to integrity, compassion, and excellence. It's more than a tradition; it's a day that encapsulates the very essence of Villanova Prep, leaving us all with treasured memories and an unwavering sense of pride in being part of this extraordinary community.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week at Villanova Preparatory School is an exciting initiation for our newest students. During this special week, our freshmen and new transfers are warmly welcomed by their senior buddies, forming bonds that last throughout their high school journey. They spend the week engaging in various activities, hosted by their buddies through the lunch line, and sporting matching t-shirts to help create a sense of unity between students new and old.

The week culminates in a joyous welcome dance, hosted on campus with music, refreshments, games, and snacks. All students are encouraged to come to celebrate the start of a new school year together.

Welcome Week embodies our commitment and attention to students' personal growth; Villanova seeks to foster a sense of belonging and camaraderie from day one.

International Day

International Day at Villanova Preparatory School is a vibrant celebration of our diverse global community. It's a day when our campus comes alive with a kaleidoscope of cultures, traditions, and cuisines from around the world. Students and faculty proudly showcase their international heritage in a variety of ways, and friends join is who may not actually share a heritage but share a love of supporting their friends! 

Students "take over" the school kitchen, turning out everything from saag paneer to sushi, tanghulu to tacos. Following lunch come the colorful performances and interactive presentations, reminders that our differences are what make us stronger together. It's a day of unity, learning, and the joy of experiencing the richness of global diversity right here on our campus. Plus no one ends the day hungry! 

Nova Bowl

Nova Bowl at Villanova Preparatory School is a day of intellectual and creative challenges. This beloved tradition includes an array of brain games, such as building challenges, lip-sync battles, trivia, and cardboard boat engineering. Students form teams and compete enthusiastically, aiming to secure the coveted Nova Bowl award.

Nova Bowl fosters intellectual camaraderie among our community members. It's a testament to our close-knit Villanova spirit, where unity and friendly competition are celebrated, leaving all participants with a shared sense of school pride.

Service Day

Service Day at Villanova Preparatory School is a profound expression of our commitment to serving others and making a positive impact on the world. On this special day, our students, faculty, and staff set aside their regular schedules to dedicate their time and energy to various community service projects.

From volunteering at local shelters and environmental conservation efforts to organizing food drives and educational initiatives, Service Day exemplifies our belief in the power of collective action to effect change. Villanova students additionally have Service Hour requirements each year, setting the tone that we not only give back to help others but also to gain valuable life experiences.