Frequently Asked Questions

 
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What makes The Village School different?

  • Small class size

  • Mixed-age studios

  • Independent thinking

  • Strong community utilization

  • Students learn at their own pace

  • No homework

  • No grades

  • Hands-on & e-learning

  • Socratic guiding

  • Travel is encouraged

  • Strong emphasis on outdoor education and play


Is The Village School similar to a Montessori school?

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.


How do you measure how a child is progressing at The Village School?

Although we don't issue grades to students, their progress is measured and tracked through a variety of tools and systems. Our badge system outlines expectations for reading, writing, math, and social/emotional progress by year. Students work with a guide to differentiate their core curriculum and set daily, weekly, and/or session goals. They showcase their mastery by meeting their goals, earning badges, assembling portfolios and taking part in public exhibitions of their work.


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 age range do you accept at The Village School?

We are currently accepting students ages 4-11. For the 2019-2020 school year, we will be accepting students for our Spark Studio (Ages 4-6), Lower Elementary Studio (Ages 6-9), and Upper Elementary Studio (9-12).


When will the middle school open?

Our Middle School will open in the 2020-2021 school year with our inaugural "class" of seventh graders. We will continue to grow with our oldest learners, eventually launching our "Launchpad", our name for High School.


What is the school calendar?

The Village School runs ten months a year (September-early July) typically with five to seven week sessions followed by a week off.


Do you offer extended day?

After School care will be offered from 3:30-5:30pm daily when school is in session for an additional fee.


Where is The Village School located?

The Village School is 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 have scholarships?

A scholarship fund is planned for future years. At this time, we do offer scholarships or tuition assistance.


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 franchise or chain?

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.

 

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