Admission Process

Our goal is to enroll students who demonstrate social, emotional and intellectual attributes that will set them up for success and allow them to thrive at Vail Mountain School. We also look for unique interests and personalities that will add to the collective character of our school community. Academic achievement and potential, like-mindedness with the school's program, and enthusiasm for the responsibilities that are shared by all students and families are essential.

The application process includes the following. In addition, certain grades such as Kindergarten require additional materials, which are outlined in the online application.
  • Online parent application
  • School records, including grade reports and testing for past three years
  • Teacher recommendations
  • A scheduled visit day

Fall Open House

Please join us for our Annual Fall Open House on Thursday, November 12, 2015 from 8:30am  to noon. This event is a wonderful opportunity to view the school, visit classrooms, and observe what makes VMS such a special learning community.  For more information or to RSVP for the Open House, please call (970) 477-7164.

Prospective Kindergarten Parent Night

An evening event for prospective kindergarten parents will be held on Thursday, November 3, 2015 at 6pm.  This parent only event is a great opportunity to learn more about our kindergarten and lower school programs, as well as information regarding the admission process and timeline.  For more information or to RSVP, please call (970) 477-7164.

Campus Tours

Our beautiful campus makes a lasting impression on everyone who visits. Even more impressive, and perhaps the best representation of the school, are the interactions with students and faculty that take place during a personal visit. If you live outside the local community, we can set up virtual tour through Skype or Facetime. Please contact Director of Admission, Jeremy Thelen, at (970) 477-7164 or to connect with us in person or online.

Take a Virtual Tour of VMS

Visit Day

Participating in a classroom discussion, playing at recess, and meeting our inspiring faculty will help equip a family to make what could be the most important academic decision of a child’s life.  Likewise, this visit day is a critical piece of helping a student feel comfortable with becoming a part of a new school community. During the visit, prospective students will spend the day with their current grade paired with a student who will help them get from class to class, take them to lunch and recess, and help the student feel comfortable and welcome, a trademark of the VMS culture.

Deadlines for Applications to Grades 1-11

Students come to VMS from many locations and at different times of the year.  Whether pursuing a change of local school or a major family relocation, we understand that finding the right school can be the one of the most important decisions a family can make, and that everyone’s circumstances are unique. 

After the beginning of the school year, applications are accepted for the following school year. In grades 1-11, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  If accepted, enrollment will be offered based on available space. If the given grade is full, candidates will be placed into the waitpool, which is the list of students considered when a vacancy arises. In select circumstances and space permitting, mid-year enrollment may be a possibility.

Deadlines for Application to Kindergarten

Applications for Kindergarten follow a more specific schedule as outlined below. Notifications are sent out mid-February.
  • December 18, 2015: Parent application due
  • January 15, 2016: Teacher recommendation due
  • January 30 or February 6, 2016: Kindergarten readiness playdates at VMS
Families who have missed these deadlines are encouraged to contact the admission office to discuss their situation. We will enroll students as long as space permits.

Admission to Vail Mountain School is based upon a variety of factors without consideration of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, or sexual orientation.