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Lower School

Lower School Philosophy

A genuine love of learning is built in Lower School. Children begin to acquire knowledge and skills, learn what it means to be part of a community, enjoy an age-appropriate social-emotional curriculum, and delve into the process of inquiry.

By fifth grade, they become leaders and role models for their peers. When students graduate from Lower School, they have found their voice and developed the confidence to use it.

Mr. Lambert singularly made the VMS LS experience for my daughter. We moved to Vail when she was in 4th grade and Mr. Lambert was so considerate and respectful of how the move affected her. Not only did Mr. Lambert teach her the valuable gift of writing, he encouraged her to express herself on paper. Mr. Lambert is the type of teacher a child never forgets and the type of teacher you hope your children will be lucky enough to have. Lower School Parent

Kristin Douthitt
Director of Lower School

Our Teachers

  • The best and brightest focused on one thing: your child
  • Rapport-driven student-teacher relationships ensure individualized attention. The result: a foundation for learning that supports both the academic and social-emotional growth of your child.
  • Expertise in differentiated learning provides support and challenge depending on the needs of your child.
  • Comprehensive professional development throughout the year equips faculty with leading-edge strategies for teaching and curriculum development.

Our Curriculum

  • Dynamic block scheduling inspires and engages students every day.
  • A well-rounded, liberal arts approach encourages the exploration of passions.
  • Co-curricular enrichments include Spanish and Mandarin, greenhouse, visual and performing arts, music, physical education, and Ski Wednesdays.
  • Project-Based Learning encourages student voice and choice and gives context and meaning to work.
  • Weekly STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) units inspire creative thinking and build problem solving skills.
  • Robust After School Academy offerings provide a wide-range of exciting cross-age enrichments.

Our Community

  • An education that cannot be found anywhere else in the world!
  • A beautiful, purpose-built facility that feels more like home than a school.
  • Classrooms inspired by the specific developmental needs of each age group.
  • World-class performing arts space, year-round turf field and playground, climate controlled greenhouse, state of the art technology, communal dining hall with house-made, healthy lunches included in tuition

Kindergarten at VMS

The teachers at VMS know one thing: your child. Explore the kindergarten program at VMS and learn why kindergarten matters...

Opportunities for field-based learning in Lower School are designed as an intentional progression, gradually venturing further from school and home, to take advantage of nearby resources

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