Vail Mountain School

3000 Booth Falls Rd, Vail, CO 81657

Founded to meet the needs of early settlers of an emerging resort community, VMS changed location and mission several times in its early years. Significant alterations in the program commenced in 1978, when administrators decided to shift the academic focus to college preparation and discontinue the host family program that had been in place. The program gradually expanded to include middle school children and then younger students, with the first kindergarten class enrolled in 1984. The school offers a broad college preparatory program with an emphasis on the liberal arts, often utilizing individualized instruction. Community service plays an important role in school life, with VMS offering a variety of age-appropriate options for its pupils. As part of the school's tripping program, older boys and girls go on excursions to locations such as Costa Rica and New York City. In addition, all students in grades 5-12 participate in backcountry hut trips in which telemark skiing is the encouraged mode of travel. The athletic program combines traditional offerings with competitive and recreational opportunities in such areas as Alpine and Nordic skiing that make use of the school's mountain setting.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades K-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address3000 Booth Falls Rd, Vail, CO 81657
Telephone970-476-3850
Fax970-476-3860
Year Established1962
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorMichael H. Imperi
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment350
Day Students350
Boys164
Girls186
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