Upper School Homebase

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. In addition, the Homebase class provides a venue for “dinner table conversations” which teach ethics and build character through discussions of real-life challenges. As a social, emotional and physical hub to daily life, the term Homebase is used interchangeably to refer to the actual meetings, a group of students within a grade, and the physical space that they call their own. In addition, Homebase advisors are advocates for students who are in touch with all aspects of student’s lives and who facilitate communication between students, teachers, coaches, and parents ensuring a true learning partnership.

Students begin the day in Homebase engaging in conversations about a variety of topics and activities designed to strengthen community and instill character. Upper school Homebase advisors have central roles in students’ lives, serving as liaisons between their advisees, teachers, and parents. As such, advisors are involved in many aspects of their students’ lives and have multiple roles ranging from mentors to organizers, confidants to upholders of institutional standards. By the time students enter upper school, they are expected to take ownership of their own education, including their social, emotional and ethical development. Homebase advisors serve as guides who support, rather than teachers who instruct, providing students the autonomy and moral foundation to succeed in college and in life.