Vail Mountain School

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1962

Student Body

Total Students430 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Vail Mountain School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers63 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses13 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature/Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP Music Theory, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Spanish Language & Culture, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP U.S. History, AP World History
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition varies according to grade. Please visit school website for details.
% on Financial Aid


Total Sports Offered12 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Tennis, VolleyballAlpine SkiingBasketball,
ClimbingCross Country,
LacrosseNordic Skiing,
Rock ClimbingSoccer,

School Notes

  • Vail Mountain School is the only independent, co-educational, college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade in Eagle and Summit Counties. The school is proud of its continued reputation for excellence in education and placing its graduates in college and universities ranked among the top in the country. At each grade level, teachers are acutely aware of the developmental stages and needs of students. Age-appropriate curriculum is designed for each level while maintaining a focus on elements of both academia and character enhancement. Students are encouraged to be independent in their contribution to the well-being of their school, their classmates, and the community. VMS strongly believes that its graduates are prepared to contribute and succeed in an increasingly complex and demanding world. VMS is accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools,

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (4 reviews)
Our children look forward to going to Vail Mountain School almost every day! And that is the biggest testament to this schools excellence. They form a close relationship with all of their teachers that really encourage the strengths and fosters the development of each individual child. The electives they are able to choose from in Middle School is broad and boosts their interests. I have seen our children grow into open-minded, independent, community based, caring individuals with the support of VMS.
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Each day, I am amazed by the incredible rapport between teachers and students and the learning that is accomplished as a result. The breadth of program and opportunities available to students leaves me wanting to go back to school every day!
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We have three children at VMS - each is very different learners. The school is allowing all three children to blossom and grow in beautiful ways. We highly recommend VMS!
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As a long-time Vail Valley resident, I have always been impressed by VMS kids who seemed thoughtful, engaged and very comfortable speaking with adults. Since having my own son, I have been very happy with his experiences there ever since he came to the school in kindergarten (he's now in 6th grade). The teachers have been outstanding in treating him as an individual and building his progress academically. It is truly a K-12 family with many cross-age integration activities. He has flourished in the outstanding theater program and embraced team sports through middle school basketball. We look forward to the next six years and feel VMS will fully prepare him for college and independent, productive life.
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