Frequently Asked Questions
Our art teacher is Jane Skafte. Jane Skafte has been teaching art to all grades, elementary through university and community colleges for over 25 years. She is primarily a watercolor painter and is also known for a series of drawings concerning climate change, which has been exhibited locally and in New York and has won awards. She has a MFA from Syracuse University and BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has a studio at McGuffey Art Center.
Our Drama teachers is Melissa Charles. She is a member of the Actors Equity Association (AEA) and SAG-AFTRA and has worked as an actor in theatre, film, and television in NYC, LA and in regional theaters throughout the country. She has taught workshops, classes, and coached actors for the International Thespian Festival, Union Street Theatre, Live Arts, Lighthouse Studios, Chautauqua Institution, Charlottesville High School, Tandem Friends, Peabody School, and more. She has also produced, directed and choreographed over 60 productions. She is the Artistic Director of DMR Adventures and the Founder/President of the Belmont Arts Collaborative. Melissa also serves on the Virginia Theatre Association (VTA) Board.
Village School students are exposed to several areas of dance. Our Hip Hop teacher, Ike Anderson began his dancing career over fifteen years ago and now serves as Music Resource Center's dance and digital music production instructor as well as their Membership Coordinator. He is well known in the community for his choreography for local theater and high school productions as well as for his acting. 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.
MusicMary 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. Anna Hennessey leads our beginner orchestra. Anna is a proud alumna of University of Virginia and received a Master of Music in Education from James Madison University. She directed a number of school orchestra programs in Fairfax County and was awarded an Outstanding Music Educator Alumni Award from JMU. She also teaches private violin studio and performs regularly. 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 is Mariana Bell. She is an award-winning singer/songwriter and Charlottesville native. She graduated with honors from the prestigious Tisch School of the Arts at NYU with a BA in theater and has since toured both the US and internationally with her own music. She has produced 6 studio albums while living in NYC and Los Angeles and performed and written with many renowned artists. She's taught at Stella Adler Studio in New York as well as private voice lessons.
Physical Education and development are stressed at Village School. Our P.E. teacher is Meg Laughlin. Meg Laughlin graduated from the University of Virginia School of Architecture in 2014. During her time at UVA, she worked as a Lifetime of Physical Activity Instructor, teaching Volleyball and Basketball for 2-1/2 years and competed on UVA’s club volleyball team. Meg has been coaching in the community for the past 7 years, is the Head Varsity Volleyball Coach and an Assistant Athletic Director at Monticello High School, and began teaching PE at Village School in 2019. When Meg isn’t involved in the athletics community, she works as a carpenter for a local construction remodeling company.
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.
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.
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.
Tuition for 2020-2021 is $16,464. Tuition can be paid in full or in three installments of $5,488 due August 1, 2020, November 1, 2020, and February 1, 2021. In addition to tuition, there is an annual $1000 book, technology and activity fee.