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Mission & Philosophy

The mission of Vail Mountain School is to prepare students intellectually, emotionally, and ethically to thrive in a collegiate setting and beyond with the life-long purpose of active participation in global citizenship.

Accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, Vail Mountain School is the only independent, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Eagle and Summit Counties.  The school is proud of its continued reputation for excellence in education and placing its graduates in college and universities ranked among the top in the country.  At each grade level, teachers are acutely aware of the developmental stages and needs of students.  Age-appropriate curriculum is designed for each level while maintaining a focus on elements of both academia and character enhancement.  Students are encouraged to be independent in their contribution to the well-being of their school, their classmates, and the community.  VMS strongly believes that its graduates are prepared to contribute and succeed in an increasingly complex and demanding world.

Vail Mountain School, VMS, SummerQuest, and the Vail Mountain School Cabin Logo are all registered trademarks of Vail Mountain School, Inc. Vail Mountain School is a member of the National Business Officers Association (NBOA).
 
With the Gore Range in plain view,
VMS has adopted the Gore Ranger bear as its mascot. All members of the community are known as Gore Rangers.