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SummerQuest keeps summer students moving in the right direction.

SummerQuest is a powerful summer academic program for public school students in Eagle County. Each July, middle school students study math, reading, spelling, writing, and public speaking while also playing games, attending cultural events, and bonding. The program helps students improve their academics, gives them opportunities to explore the outdoors, and builds self-confidence and trust.

Local teachers, along with Vail Mountain School students, faculty, and alumni, tutor and mentor students in grades 6-8 from area schools who are recommended by their teachers. SummerQuest teachers mentor students in mathematics and language arts and help them build confidence. 

VMS is grateful to Alpine Bank and the Slifer Smith & Frampton Foundation for their support of this important program.

Established in 1995 to aid rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade students,
SummerQuest is an initiative that has forged a partnership between Eagle
County Public Schools and the Vail Mountain School. The program was
designed to aid Eagle County Public School students whose native language
and socio-economic barriers may have diminished their ability to achieve
and compete academically in their respective school environments.

The mission of SummerQuest is to give Eagle County Public Middle
School students additional support in language development, literacy, and
math skills by providing a comprehensive, enriching, wraparound program
free of charge to participants. Professional teachers, college-aged mentors
and upper-school students from Vail Mountain School provide one-on-one
academic and social-emotional support through small class sizes and
character-building outreach trips, all designed to enhance achievement and
instill confidence in participating students. A corresponding purpose of the
program is to give college and high school students an early chance to
explore teaching as a career.

Aspen Ives
SummerQuest Director

We learned that if you set a goal, and if you don't give up, you can reach it. SummerQuest alumni