The Village School

  • The Village School is an independent school serving children in preschool, kindergarten, and grades 1-6, in north central Massachusetts, offering a unique curriculum based on challenging hands-on academics, direct contact with the natural world, and kindness.

School Overview

Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-6
Year Founded1989
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students62 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade The Village School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers8 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(dress for paint and dirt!)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$8,750
Tuition Notes8750 for full time K-6th students, 4500 for half day preschool students 3916 for 1/2 time preschool students
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$3,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorRise Richardson

School Notes

  • Our aim is to nurture children's sense of wonder and to guide their pursuit of knowledge so that each child can integrate their own experience and transform it into understanding.
  • The Village School's curriculum is project based. Outdoor exploration, nature observation, science experiments, nature projects, and gardening are integral aspects of the program. Science is focused on observation in nature and study of the universe.
  • Academics are woven into the fabric of the child's life experience. Reading, writing and math tools are forged and honed daily in order to assist children in their understanding of themselves and the world around them. Our Investigations math curriculum helps develop critical thinking, use group problem solving, and master concepts with the aid of everyday material objects.
  • Many forms of creative expression are used throughout the school, including clay work, watercolor painting, dance, music singing and movement, drama, journal work, storytelling, and creative writing.
  • The school is an inseparable part of a vibrant community that integrates the school, work, and home life. parents are welcome participants in the daily life of the school, helping to create a village atmosphere where parents, students, and teachers work together in a dynamic learning community.
  • We are located on the Camp Caravan 55 acre campus where children play daily in nature.  We recently built a brand new light-filled school building which supports the nature-based education.
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    27.6 miles
    69 Hickory Ridge Road South
    Putney, VT 05346
    27.6 PK-8
  • Amherst
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    Grades: PK-6 | 103 students
    25.1 miles
    521 S. Pleasant St
    Amherst, MA 01002
    25.1 PK-6
  • Concord
    Grades: 4-9 | 340 students
    46.9 miles
    516 Monument Street
    Concord, MA 01742
    46.9 4-9
  • Fitchburg
    Grades: PK-9 | 260 students
    22.3 miles
    120 Prospect St
    Fitchburg, MA 01420
    22.3 PK-9
  • Greenfield
    Grades: PK-8 | 142 students
    18.9 miles
    71 Montague City Rd
    Greenfield, MA 01301
    18.9 PK-8

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Did You Know?
The average private school tuition in Massachusetts is $12,958 for elementary schools and $31,739 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Massachusetts is 71% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).