"Fostering a lifetime love of learning, one child at a time"
The Vineyard Montessori School is a private school, preschool through 4th grade, with a campus located on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard. For 35 years VMS has provided an educational environment that follows the curriculum and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. We strive to guide each child in attaining fulfillment in education, community, nature, imagination and beyond.
Our daily mission in developing inde-pendent thinkers, fostering a love of learning, and reinforcing the importance of peace and re-spect for the classroom and school community (environment, friends, teachers, neighborhood) is the heart of our vocation.
We are invovled in the following local and global organizations:
Vineyard Haven Public Library
Island Grown Schools
American Cancer Society
Statement of Philosophy
Dr. Maria Montessori believed that no human being is educated by another; one must do it oneself or it will never be done. An educated individual, because he is motivated from within by curiosity and a love of knowledge, continues learning long after the time he leaves the classroom.
The Montessori classroom provides a unique range of materials. Guided by a teacher, the child chooses materials through which he can explore and work at his own pace. In the orderly atmosphere of the classroom, the child’s creative energy is freed, and he develops independence, self-discipline and the “habit of work” as he moves with confidence towards a mastery of skills and ideas.
The highly social atmosphere of this environment stems from a unique combination of freedom and structure founded on respect. A Montessori education fosters the fullest development of child’s potential and provides a foundation for a life of joyful and successful learning.
Vineyard Montessori School Mission
The mission of Vineyard Montessori School is to follow and execute the philosophy and curriculum for the education of children developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. In providing a carefully planned, stimulating environment children will develop within themselves the foundational habits, attitudes, skills, independent thoughts and ideas which are essential to a lifetime love of learning and creative thinking.
"The secret to good teaching is to regard the child's intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination." Maria Montessori
Goals for the students at Vineyard Montessori School:
- To develop a life-long love for learning
- To build an internal sense of self-esteem through doing
- To become an active, peaceful and meaningful member of the school community
- To develop and foster an abiding curiosity and imagination
- To help develop each child’s innate, ultimate potential through the discovery of self
Located on the beautiful island of Martha’s Vineyard, VMS was founded in 1975 by a group of dedicated, determined parents who embraced the principles and educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori. After being housed at several locations, the School purchased its present facility at 286 Main Street and Tashmoo Avenue in Vineyard Haven. In 1995 the School added to its Primary program for children ages 2.9 through 6 an Elementary class serving children ages 6 to 9 years old. Currently this elementary classroom is the only private elementary option for parents on the Island.