Vail Mountain School offers daily after school care for Lower School children from 3:15-5:30 pm.
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
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
Our building, our program and our traditions are all designed to develop organic relationships between students of all ages and cross-age learning opportunities.
In the Lower School, we believe children learn best when they belong to a caring, kind, and safe community.
Learning needs to be fun, relevant and engaging. Students learn best through play and investigation into real world topics.
Lower School students learn rhythms and ready music through movement, Orff instrumentation and singing.
The underpinnings for multi-day treks into the wilderness as older students are established through small-scale adventures into local forests and to nearby streams.
Students in Lower School meet for Physical Education 2-3 times per week.
Our Lower School curriculum takes full advantage of digital resources and tools carefully selected to enrich learning across disciplines.
The VMS theatre program begins in grade four providing a developmentally appropriate introduction to external acting.