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The student experience at Vail Mountain School is exuberant, passion-filled, and varied.

Student life at Vail Mountain School is enriched with a variety of signature programs. We are passionate about outdoor education, cross-age programming, Intraterm, ski days, and more! These student-focused programs are what make a VMS education special. We have many cherished traditions, non-classroom opportunities, trips, and support for our students.

Meet Beignet!

Meet VMS's Facility Dog, Beignet! She is a purebred Golden Retriever just over two years old with a sweet disposition and is both calm and playful. She trained at Canine Companions for Independence and knows more than 40 commands! Beignet is a valued member of the VMS community and an essential part of our culture of happiness and good health.


VMS's greatest asset is its community. I am reminded of our school's uniqueness when I talk to friends who attended other high schools. They are shocked when I tell them that I went on overnight hut trips with friends and teachers, or that I got to carve pumpkins with kindergarteners at Halloween, or even just that our teachers ate lunch with us. 

Alumnus ‘08

Cross Age Curriculum

Outdoor Education

Ski Days

Community Service



Differentiated Learning

Health & Wellness


Student Leadership & Clubs

After School Opportunities


Student Life