I have a MA in Spanish with many years of teaching experience, including a decade of Sunday School. I was hired as a teacher at VVS, so I uprooted my entire family. Once I began the actual work after the various and vigorous training sessions, I was informed another teacher was not certain of my ability to keep the kids safe. I am NOLS and CPR certified. I was floored. Then, things progressed and the bullying by the staff became more apparent, and it became more clear I was not a part of the "club"
I am an alumni of VVS. I know the traditions and did my best to bring them back.
In the words of the school, on my contract,- We have considered hundreds of candidates and you are the best fit-
Unless you don't "fit" in.
Another issue is the plagiarizing that goes on by the staff and is supported by the faculty supervisor. This should really be looked into.
I gave my all to this school, and was given only 24 hours to vacate the premises. I have a minor child. Who had to attend her school from a hotel until we figured out where to live. She has been affected, no doubt and to what end I remain unsure. Please I implore you to really look at the bones of the school, question the way they are so evasive about firing one of the actual founders. Question why many of the staff have little to no IB training. This is NOT a school I would pay 50k to send my precious child to. The way they treated family, an alumni, isn't the first time, and it sadly won't be last. :(
I was bullied by the headmaster as well as his daughter, not to mention the internet/mountain biking man as well as the anthropology chair. Bullying is a very big problem. If you are different, be ready for some flack
Majestic location with superb teachers. A leading edge International Baccalaureate program. Also, VVS is truly a world school, with students attending from over 15 countries. I got into an elite college and so did many of graduating peers. I excelled in college due to the strong academic foundation engendered by VVS. No surprise the school was just listed as the Top 15 Boarding Schools in the nation.
Very comprehensive program with a global perspective integrating academics, social awareness, community involvement and environmental outreach. A boardimg school that addresses issues that are tomorrow's challenges. And, don't forget.. strong work ethic.