Class trips are integrated into the Middle School curriculum to enrich learning by taking advantage of place-based learning opportunities
Middle School Philosophy
Middle School is a time when young adults are developing their identity, discovering themselves, and building independence. It is a time to encourage mistakes and healthy risk-taking, to create more opportunities for learning life lessons, and to focus on individual character development in preparation for future success. VMS Middle School students benefit from being led on a path of self-discovery in terms of who they are as a learner, who they are as a friend, and who they are as a member of a community. The VMS Middle School faculty endeavors to know the whole child inside and outside of the classroom to better support them on their three year journey of learning.
The teachers know our daughter can do more than she's ever been asked to do up to this point and they are pushing her to explore an education beyond the boundaries of the regular curriculum. Middle and Upper School Parent
Our building, our program, and our traditions are all designed to develop organic relationships between students of all ages and cross-age learning opportunities.
VMS faculty willingly work with students, parents and coaches to ensure that ski racers, athletes, musicians, and artists can compete, train, and perform without compromising academics.
Every child participates in the Homebase program, which is a defining element of a VMS education. Homebase is a daily meeting between students and an advising teacher which serves as a time to reflect, plan, prioritize and support each other in a family environment.
Intraterm is a cherished VMS tradition, a “term between terms” for all students that typically occurs in mid-February before the winter break. The purpose of Intraterm is to give students the opportunity to participate in intensive explorations of subjects beyond the regular curriculum and perhaps beyond their normal scope of interest.
Middle School is a perfect time to build a passion for the outdoors and the skills to explore the natural world around us. Each school year begins with multi-day orientation trips to create a strong learning community and welcome new friends.
Sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are encouraged to participate in athletics and activities at VMS, and with outside teams or clubs.
There is perhaps no better venue than theatre for teaching communication, collaboration, and self-expression.