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What age range do you accept at The Village School?
We are currently accepting students for our
Spark Studio (ages 4-6), Elementary Studio (ages 7-10), Middle School Studio ages (11-14) Launching Fall 2019.
We plan to grow organically, eventually including a High School Studio. Each studio will max out at 36 learners.
What is the school calendar and what does The Village School cost?
The Village School runs eleven months a year, typically with five to seven week “sprints” followed by a week off. Tuition is $12,420 per year with a one-time $500 enrollment fee.
Where is the Village School Located?
The Village School will be located at St. Alban's Episcopal Church
in Annandale, Virginia. The facility includes bright and airy studio space and sits on six beautiful acres. Our location is just a short walk from Mason District Park
and just 12 miles outside of Washington, DC.
Do you provide After School care and/or classes?
After School care and Enrichment Classes will be offered from 3:00-5:30 daily when school is in session for an additional fee.
What kind of student thrives at The Village School?
Students who love to learn, are curious, self-motivated and respectful. Our environment is an accelerator for the independent learner who can tackle challenging questions, follow instructions and solve problems.
What do you mean by “Every child can change the world?”
We believe each of our students will find a passion — something they love and have a gift to do. They will use this gift to serve others and fulfill a need they are passionate about in the world. This may be by becoming a shoe-shiner who tells stories and makes people's day just by doing his job with love and vigor; it may be by becoming a coach who sees the light in a child’s eyes and guides her to pursue a dream; it may be by becoming a father or mother who leads a family on a Hero's Journey; it may be becoming an entrepreneur or business leader guided by compassion and integrity; or it may be by becoming an artist or writer who brings beauty to people's lives.
How do you measure how a child is progressing at The Village School?
We measure student progress in several different ways:
- We set Daily, Weekly, and Session goals between the student and the Guides.
- We utilize robust real-time data for each of our online learning tools. At any given time both parents and Guides can find out exactly what their student is learning. It easily allows us to track progress, identify areas of struggle and close any learning gaps.
The staff is alerted if a student gets anymore than 2 wrong in a row. Having a small class size, we are able to work one on one with the student to make sure that we can close gaps and help them master the skill. The web based programs don’t allow the student to move on to the next skill until it has been mastered.
- We utilize individual paper portfolios where each student showcases and adds their best work. We can measure their growth in things such as History, Writer’s Workshops, and any Quest using projects we have completed.
- Though we never “teach to the test”, standardized tests given each Fall & Spring provide useful benchmark data.
Is The Village School like Montessori?
The Village School uses the best of Montessori methods: mixed-age studios, student choice within limits, large blocks of work time, learning through “discovery,” and freedom of movement in the classroom. Then we go two important steps further by using the best 21st century eLearning tools and adhering to the Socratic method of instruction which emphasizes asking and answering the right questions to stimulate critical thinking. Our students don’t just memorize facts, they learn how to know, learn how to do, and learn how to be.
Is The Village School Accredited?
We are accredited by the International Association of Learner-Driven Schools.
Also, Acton courses and schools are approved by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Is The Village School a Religious School?
While we expose children to the importance of mindfulness, ethical principles, and the significance of religion in history and the development of society we are not a religious school. We value and respect each individual’s beliefs.
Do You Serve Special Needs Children?
We are not trained or staffed to serve children with serious learning disabilities, special needs, or who need specialized attention. If you are interested in The Village School and believe it is a great fit for your family, please inquire and we will personally assess your unique situation and the fit of your young learner.
Are you part of a Chain or Franchise?
We are not a franchise or chain. The Village School is an independent school, part of an affiliate network that finds its inspiration and receives mentorship from the founding Acton Academy in Austin, Texas. Our network of affiliates are passionate about revolutionizing education, pursuing best practices, and have agreed to protect a learner driven environment. Each affiliate follows their own methods in keeping with these commitments and vary based on the leadership at each school and community they serve.