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K-12
Private
Vail, CO
Students enrolled: 349
Before care: No
 

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3000 Booth Falls Road
Vail, CO 81657

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(970) 476-3850
(970) 476-3860
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August 16, 2015
This is a very good school that has the resources to meet most student needs. The new "head of school" manages the school and staff well. He is consistent, innovative and a leader. The students seem happy, challenged and comfortable in their school. They seem proud of their school and its mission. I do believe some of the teachers are very well qualified and dedicated educators. However many who have been hired have no teaching experience and no teaching credentials. This is concerning and feel the head of school needs to be more hands on in the hiring and interview process. The school also needs to focus on "continuing education" and "credentials" for all its teachers. This way they insure top quality educators and minimize turnover. The school needs to focus on quality experienced teachers and stop hiring "young graduates" who can't survive Vail for 2 years due to the cost of living and climate. They should hire educators that are trained and dedicated to stay the course and give this school quality and teacher longevity. The school is trying hard to be "diverse", recently implementing a "international student program" to bring more diversity in its student population. If you are considering VMS I suggest in your interview process you ask pertinent questions regarding teacher qualifications and the teachers "experience teaching". A master degree does not insure a great teacher. Also, families are so excited about the interview, acceptance of their child into VMS, that they forget to ask accountability questions and assume that the staff is all highly qualified to teach their children. In order to make this good school great, it's important to insure that you are getting quality educators, not assume that you are. Overall this school ranks one of the best in the Vail Valley, but it has very little competition. If I were ranking it in comparison to other National Independent Schools in major metropolitan areas, its competition would win out with quality. But, VMS offers some very unique activities for its students such as hut trips in the mountains, ski Friday's, and Ski teams. Although living realitivly in a "bubble" of a wealthy resort community, the school does try hard to have its students think globally. Tuition rates 20-25k per year, per student.

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Develops honesty: Agree
August 16, 2015
The school has good leadership and a diverse group of individuals that promote these qualities.

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no rating
September 16, 2009
Solid, community based education with a global perspective.

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Vail Mountain School
3000 Booth Falls Road, Vail, CO  81657
(970) 476-3850
Last modified Vail Mountain School is a Private school that serves grades K-12
Vail Mountain School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 9 reviews. Top