As an independent school, VMS has flexibility to tailor curriculum in order to challenge “high flyers” and provide them with differentiated instruction. In lower school, this is accomplished through ongoing assessment to look for indications of mastery and readiness for additional challenge. In addition to classroom differentiation, middle school students find additional challenge in our Enrichment program and by participating in groups like Math Club and Book Club. The upper school curriculum focuses on ability rather than age for placement, and includes opportunities to take Advanced Placement courses in many subjects. More importantly, our students pass these courses because they are well prepared by the curriculum that leads up to the high-level coursework of APs. In 2018, upper school students took 130 individual exams in 13 different courses with a 91% pass rate in core academic subjects. Among students in the Class of 2019, 33 have taken 80 AP exams in 9 subjects while in grades 10 and 11 at VMS, and have attained a remarkable 98% pass rate.
Creating challenge for high achieving students requires faculty who are singularly focused on the needs of each child--something we do very well at VMS. Where a good school knows your child’s name, a great school knows your child’s heart, and for high flyers, we know that their heart includes their head.