Student Life

"What I love most at VES are the fun activities and the great friendships! - Lindeman Edgar '16

“What did you do last weekend?”

I had a blast with my friends and teachers—cheering on our sports teams, dancing at the luau, roasting s’mores after the outdoor movies, and racing together in the Color Run. Everybody—boarding and day students—wants to stay on campus and be involved in all the fun.

When we’re not on campus, you’ll find us hiking in the mountains, relaxing at Starbucks with our advisory, skiing at Snowflex (the only year-round ski slope in the U.S.!) and volunteering in the community. And whatever we're doing, we’re forming relationships that last a lifetime.

See us in action here


Student life encompasses more than classrooms and playing fields. When class is over, faculty and students spend time together participating in a sport, a community service project, the arts, or a myriad of other offerings that will allow them to pursue a particular interest or passion. On the weekends, trips are regularly planned to ski resorts, paintball courses, the mall, and movie theatres. School dances are routine. But our school’s small size makes impromptu activities possible too. One teacher might make a late-night run to the local diner for Cheezy Westerns. Another, thinking the students need to see more classic films, shows Charlie Chaplin on a Sunday afternoon. A circus arrives across the street and the Headmaster walks over with a group of students for the show.

Equally exciting is our informal campus life which does not fit so easily on a brochure: those student-initiated gatherings are perhaps the greatest emblems of our students’ happiness. It is these moments that transform the school from something other than just a place of learning. The baseball field becomes an arena for Frisbee, a dorm room becomes a pizzeria on Friday night, or a snowfall offers spontaneous creativity. Some lazy Saturday in December, on a lark and with a pair of scissors, a student takes greenery from the hedges outside his dorm and literally decks its halls with boughs of holly. Our school is always in a state of metamorphosis: life-changing.

Honor. Rigor. Community. Relationships. Individual Attention.

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