Welcome

As you explore Martha’s Vineyard educational options for your children, we hope you keep our unique school in mind. Fostering a lifetime love of learning, pre-k through 8th grade, is not only our motto but it is what’s happening in these amazing classrooms and on our vibrant campus.

At VMS, we are fortunate to have highly trained and certified AMS teachers who offer a comprehensive curriculum built on the Montessori philosophy and methodology, aligned with state academic standards, and steeped in an experiential learning environment that is second to none other on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Why VMS

admissions-welcomeVineyard Montessori School is a dynamic and innovative school, committed to providing an excellent educational foundation for each and every student. Our classrooms are designed to stimulate growth and the joy of learning in a warm and accepting environment. Our students feel secure and respected.

Based upon the work of Dr. Maria Montessori, who believed education is a preparation for life, not just the development of intellectual skills, VMS promotes a lifelong love of learning. We are fortunate to have highly trained and certified AMS teachers who offer a comprehensive curriculum built on Montessori philosophy and methodology, aligned with state academic standards and steeped in an experiential learning environment that is second to none other on Martha’s Vineyard.

Montessori education began over one hundred years ago, but it is more relevant today than ever. It is the fastest growing form of education in the country, because it prepares students for the 21st century world in a way that adapts to each child’s unique learning style and character.

At VMS, we aspire to provide a rich educational experience for each child. This is achieved through:

  • Deep respect for children as individuals
  • Multi-age classes that allow teachers to develop close and long-term relationships with their students
  • A prepared environment, which is responsive to the needs of the child
  • Aesthetically pleasing Montessori materials
  • Integrated curriculum
  • Hands-on learning
  • Self-expression that is nurtured in all students

We are also deeply committed to the arts, culture and our community. Our arts curriculum strives to make meaningful connections with the students’ classroom work and the community around them. Exploring the environment with various field trips, our students broaden the scope of their studies and bring meaning to their learning.

Application Process

Get in touch

admissions-welcome-nextThank you for your interest in Vineyard Montessori School. The Head of School, or his/her designee, shall meet with any prospective parents and provide the opportunity for a classroom visit prior to the admission of any child to the school. Siblings of children already enrolled in the school and Montessori transfer students are given preference in enrolling. Upon admission, the School shall provide to the parents a school handbook and enrollment package.

Pre-Application

Please fill out an Enrollment Application. The Enrollment Application provides our school with the information necessary to place you in the process to enter our school when your child turns 2.9.

Admissions Policy

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The Vineyard Montessori School admits families of any race, color, religion, national origin to all rights, privileges and activities made available at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, disability, cultural heritage, political beliefs, marital status, sexual orientation or ethnic origin in administration of its educational or admission policy. Toilet training status is not an eligibility requirement for enrollment at the Vineyard Montessori School.

School Hours

Academic Year

Before School Care 8:00 – 8:30

Half Day 8:30 – Noon

Full Day 8:30 – 2:30

After School Program 2:30 – 4:00

Late School Care 4:00 – 4:30

Tuition, Policies, and Scholarships

A non-refundable $300 deposit is due at registration and will be applied to the student’s account for the enrolling school year.

Three payment plans are offered for the remaining tuition balances.

Option A – Full Tuition Payment with a 3% deduction. Must be paid by August 15th.

Option B – Three payments paid during the year

Option C – Ten payments paid during the year

Re-enrollment

Current families are offered the opportunity to re-enroll their current students and age appropriate siblings before new families are accepted. VMS families are required to pay a non-refundable fee of $300 in the spring to secure placement for the next school year

Sibling Discount

You may deduct 4% off of the lower tuition of an enrolled sibling. The sibling discount cannot be combined with the prepayment discount given in Option A. All deductions will be verified by the VMS before payment will be accepted.

Scholarships

Financial aid is available and applications will be reviewed by the Board of Trustees in the winter for all students. In the spring, there is an additional scholarship opportunity for those families that wish for their child in the kindergarten-6th grade years.

In February, current families will be asked to submit an Enrollment Contract for the fall. After current families have committed to returning in the fall, the Head of School will begin to communicate with the families on the waitlist. If you are still interested in a space for the fall, you will be asked to submit an Enrollment Contract with a check for $300.00, which will be deducted from the year’s tuition.

Siblings of children already enrolled in the school and Montessori transfer students are given preference in enrolling.

Visit Us

Schedule a visit to our campus. We are incredibly proud of our school and take pride in our learning environments. We are located at 286 Main Street, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Contact

Please call the Head of School at 508.693.4090 or email headofschool@vineyardmontessori.com to schedule a school visit. If you are living out of town, please contact us for a scheduled conversation.

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