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Lower School

Lower School Philosophy

The foundations of a rigorous, college-preparatory education are built in Lower School. Children begin to acquire knowledge and skills, but also develop executive functioning and metacognition.

As Kindergarteners, our youngest students learn what it means to be a part of a community.

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.

The school's acceptance of all students gave our kindergarten son the confidence to participate in the senior talent show. Best of all was the comfort the seniors gave him when he didn't win the prize. Their warm generosity spoke volumes about the values that VMS has instilled in its students.Lower School Parent

Kristin Douthitt
Director of Lower School

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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