Frequently Asked Questions

How would you describe your fine arts program?

Our art teachers are Lindsay Heider Diamond and Polly Breckenridge. Lindsay holds a BFA in painting and
graphic design from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She has worked as an illustrator, freelance artist, graphic designer and creative director. She has taught painting, drawing, scenic design and much more to children at local public and private schools in the Charlottesville area since 2007. Polly Breckenridge is an artist in residence at McGuffey Art Center and a visual arts instructor for children and adults. With a BFA in Art Education from VCU earned in 2008, she has developed a passion for opening the minds of her students to the visual arts for the past 9 years.

Our Drama teachers are Miller Susen and Amanda Watson. Miller, a graduate of Cornell University, has been an active performer and director in area theaters. She is the former Education Director at Live Arts, and has taught drama and playwriting classes at Live Arts, Four County Players, Venable, and Jackson Via schools. Amanda graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB in Theatre. After College she worked with the Berkshire Theatre Group in Massachusetts. Since moving back to Charlottesville, Amanda has been involved in local theatre including productions at Four County Players and Live Arts.

Village School students are exposed to several areas of dance. Our modern/jazz teacher, Mariah Johnson, has over twenty years of classical ballet training and fifteen years of modern dance/jazz training. Mariah has considerable teaching and performing experience, and she nurtures an active interest in performance arts, drawing, painting, creative writing, and photography. Lori Madden, the Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS), leads students in Irish step dance. Lori has been providing instruction in Irish Step, Irish Social, Ceili, and Set Dance to children and adults for ten years through BRIMS. Lori has performed with the Humorous Abandon Irish Dance Ensemble at Floyd Fest and the Lake Eden Arts Festival.

Mary Reitsma leads the Village School woodwind choir. A graduate of Calvin College, where she was a French major and music minor, Mary is an active member of the Charlottesville Flute Choir and the Charlottesville Municipal Band. Mary also teaches private flute classes at Village School.

Emily Rosson, our orchestra director, has a B.A. in Music Education and Music Performance with concentrations in Conducting and Horn from Virginia Tech. Emily has much conducting experience, having led a multi-aged ensemble at the Music Education Center in Earlysville for many years. Previous to that, Emily directed a middle school orchestra in Tidewater, Virginia. She is also the orchestra director at the Charlottesville Waldorf School. Kiley Griffin Taylor leads our beginner orchestra. Kiley is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and has given private and group instructions at the Music Education Center for many years.

The Village School chorus is directed by Nancy Paulson. The mom of a Village School alumna, Nancy has been involved with vocal performance and choral ensembles since her own middle school years. She has sung with multiple choirs throughout the past 25 years, including the Paul Hill Chorale in Washington, DC, the Blacksburg Chorale, and the Charlottesville Oratorio Society. Currently, she teaches private voice lessons and serves on the advisory board for Kansas State University choirs.

Our Music Appreciation teacher Peyton Tochterman is a well known Virginia singer, song-writer and performer. He has travelled to Afghanistan as a Cultural Ambassador for music with the State Department where he performed for the US military, coalition forces and local Afghan communities.

How would you describe your physical education program?

Physical Education
Physical Education and development are stressed at Village School. Our P.E. teacher Anna Nott, is a graduate of the University of Virginia. She has guided horseback rides in Colorado, taught English in a French high school and led backpacking trips for students in Spain and Morocco. Our Health teacher is Emily Umberger. Emily holds an M.E. in exercise physiology. She has worked as a fitness specialist, personal trainer, and community educator in Charlottesville for the past fifteen years.

Village School girls participate in a wide range of athletics including inter-grade field hockey and lacrosse through AGLL and basketball through the VABA recreational league. Our girls are among the founding members of the Cutaway Girls Mountain Bike Team and race together on the Village School cross-country team.

How is technology utilized at Village School?

Currently, each student is assigned a Chromebook to use while at school. Students become comfortable using technology as a tool to express their curiosity and creativity. Our students learn to type and use the G Suite of programs available on Chromebooks. Several classes are equipped with document cameras and LCD projectors to facilitate immediate student sharing. While it is part of our mission to give the students the necessary skills to succeed in the 21st Century, time away from screens is equally as important for a deeper understanding of the world around us. Village School girls employ modern technology as a conduit to help them find their voices as learners.

How would you describe community service at Village School?

Research indicates that children who dedicate time to helping others develop an enhanced sense of self esteem and self-confidence. We believe strongly in the advantages gained through an awareness and understanding of others. Consequently, community service is an integral part of our school, and being downtown provides us many community service opportunities. Every week Village School students help a downtown church with its soup kitchen. Our students are also involved in a number of special projects. Students have knitted and distributed scarves to cancer patients at the Martha Jefferson Hospital; they also visit periodically with children at local preschools. Each year, we hold a canned food drive for the Emergency Food Bank, and Village School students donate to charity a percentage of funds earned at our annual Middle School Girls Holiday Craft Fair. Our eighth grade curriculum includes a wide range of service projects that our girls independently research, design and carry through.

What is the tuition?

Tuition is for 2018-2019 is $15,372. Tuition can be paid in full or in three installments of $5,124 due August 1, 2018, November 1, 2018, and February 1, 2019. In addition to tuition, there is an annual $1000 book, technology and activity fee.