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Message from the Head of School

I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to you as you explore the Vail Mountain School, an extraordinary independent school nestled amidst the breathtaking beauty of incomparable natural surroundings. As the Head of School, I am proud to share with you the essence of our educational journey which we believe ecompasses but extends beyond textbooks and classrooms. It is about fostering an environment that empowers students to fall in love with learning, embrace their uniqueness, and develop into well-rounded individuals who make a positive impact in the world. Our mission to "develop character, seek knowledge, and build community" is at the heart of everything we do, and it is reflected in the fabric of our school community.  

Developing Character is the foundation of our approach to education. We strive to instill in our students core values including integrity, empathy, resilience, responsibility, and kindness. We believe that education is not just about acquiring information; it is about instilling core values and nurturing character traits that will serve as pillars of strength throughout a lifetime.  Through myriad opportunities for growth, students learn to become principled leaders who exemplify the highest standards of ethics and citizenship. Seeking knowledge is a life-long pursuit, and a Vail Mountain School education encourages curiosity, critical thinking, and a genuine, joyful love for learning. Exceptional faculty are the heartbeat of the school, inspiring students to explore new ideas, challenge assumptions, embracing a growth mindset that propels them towards excellence.  Faculty meet each child just where they are and help them reach further than they think they can go.  Building community based on a shared sense of belonging is evident in everything we do. We believe that a strong, rapport-based and relational community nurtures the spirit, fosters belonging, and unlocks the secret to life-long learning. This is a place where lasting friendships are formed and where each individual is valued for being just who they are.  Service projects, environmental initiatives, and cultural exchanges instill a sense of responsibility, global awareness and civic-mindedness in our students.

One of the most extraordinary aspects of our school is our unparalleled natural surroundings. Situated in the majestic Rocky Mountains, our campus provides a remarkable backdrop for experiential learning and outdoor adventures. The stunning landscapes of Vail Valley serve as an extension of our classrooms, inspiring a deep appreciation for nature and a commitment to environmental stewardship.  Simply put, at Vail Mountain School, we go outside to go inside.

As you explore our website, I encourage you to delve into our programs, academic offerings, and extracurricular opportunities that embody the essence of Vail Mountain School. Our commitment to high academic standards coupled with our relational approach to education are designed to prepare students not only for academic success but for a life enriched with purpose, meaning and wisdom.

Thank you for considering Vail Mountain School for your child's educational journey. I invite you to experience the spirit of our community, immerse yourself in our mission, and witness firsthand the transformative power of a VMS education.  I eagerly look forward to the opportunity to meet you and welcome you into our vibrant community.

Warm regards,

Steven Bileca 
Head of School 
Vail Mountain School

The environment at Vail Mountain School gives students the confidence and the tools to pursue their goals. My teachers not only believed in me but took me seriously. They would listen to ideas I had and push me to move forward with them.Alumna

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