We have had 3 kids go through GVS - each had their own strengths and weaknesses - and the school was able to prepare them all very well for their next educational step. Parents are expected to participate in the educational process.
GVS is a fantastic school.I noticed a couple comments that were very harsh....One word comes to mind... "Pretentious" They have "gifted" kids... They had to send their "gifted" kids to privet school... what this parent is saying is they passed this "Gifted" gene on to there"Gifted" child and the Gifted child is a reflection of how Gifted they are... Don't listen to this negativity. GVS has been great for my children. The test scores they get prove what i'm saying and they have time for play as well.
Our son has had learning difficulties and the staff has been supportive, open, and understanding since he started Kindergarten. Each teacher he has had worked with us, took time to make the accommodations he needed, and were emotionally supportive of his needs. Teachers are prepared, diligent, and dedicated to their professions in general at GVS (we have been fortunate to have wonderful teachers in each grade). Students have a plethora of resources at their disposal--technology in the classroom, computer labs, tons of extra-curricular activities--in a warm and nurturing environment. Like other commentators have mentioned, there can be a certain tendency to conformity and high performers could have more programs to push them academically, but overall this is an excellent school.
I am extremely unhappy with the education my children are receiving at GVS. They focus on the common core curriculum and teach based solely on how to perform on the state exams. There is absolutely no opportunity for students that are gifted and ahead of their peers to excel. My children are bored in class and learning very little that they don't already know. I find that I get more accomplished an hour or two at home than they do in a week at the school. I'm trying to get my children into the Hanover school system.
Both my kids have attended GVS since 2008. They have excelled! The school has done a great job offering different kinds of groups with Guidance like Lunch Bunch or sibling groups. They have the Green Team which emphasizes good behavior. They seem to break classes up each year so kids do not get stuck in a clique. The new principal seems very competent. I am also a teacher in Vermont (live in Grantham) and am MORE than pleased with GVS.