Welcome

Though our campus is temporarily closed to visitors, we are still eager to help you learn more about the VMS experience. We invite you to click HERE to take a virtual tour of our school.

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, Toddler through Elementary, is not only our motto but it is what’s happening in these amazing classrooms and on our vibrant campus.

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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

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Admissions Policy

The Vineyard Montessori School admits families of any race, color, religion, and 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

Early Care 8:00 – 8:30

Half Day 8:30 – Noon

Full Day 8:30 – 2:30

Extended Care 2:30 – 4:00

Tuition, Policies, and Scholarships

Scholarships

VMS is committed to socio-economic diversity, and believes all children should have access to quality education and care. Every family applying to Vineyard Montessori School has an opportunity to apply for a scholarship. Please email headofschool@vineyardmontessori.com for more information about financial aid.

Enrollment

Current families are offered the opportunity to re-enroll their children and age appropriate siblings before new families are accepted. Each spring, 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 and a non-refundable $300 deposit which will be deducted from the year’s tuition. Payment plans are available for the remaining tuition balances:

Option A – Full Tuition Payment with a 3% deduction. Must be paid by July 1.

Option B – Three payments paid during the year

Option C – Ten payments paid during the 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 VMS before payment will be accepted.

Visit Us

We are incredibly proud of our school and our learning environments. Although our campus is currently closed to visitors due to COVID, we invite you to take a virtual tour by clicking here. 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 if you have any questions. If you are living out of town, please contact us for a scheduled conversation.

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