Vail Mountain School

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Vail Mountain School is an independent college preparatory school located in Vail, Colorado. This K-12 institution is accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.[1] Its curriculum is enriched by fine art, music, the performing arts, and a physical training program.


The mission of Vail Mountain School is to prepare students intellectually, emotionally, and ethically to thrive in a collegiate setting and beyond with the lifelong purpose of active participation in global citizenship.


Vail Mountain School was founded in 1962 as the Vail Country Day School with the objective to educate the children of Vail's founders. It was renamed Vail Mountain School in 1973 as it continued to grow as a school for ski racers.[2] After being housed in a smaller property, the school moved to its current location in 2004. The new state of the art campus includes a synthetic soccer field, library, auditorium, gymnasium, dining hall, and commons. The school's auditorium, designed by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, is site of cultural events including the school's own theater productions as well as the world-renowned Vail Film Festival. The school, along with the town of Vail, will be celebrating its 50th anniversary during the 2012-2013 school year.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Vail Mountain School ~ Mission & Philosophy". Retrieved 2012-03-17. 
  2. ^ "VMS Home Tour Magazine". Retrieved 2012.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

Coordinates: 39°38′52″N 106°19′09″W / 39.64789°N 106.31917°W / 39.64789; -106.31917