What are the school hours?
Drop off is between 8:00 AM - 8:30 AM; pick-up is at 3:00 PM.
Are there plans to expand the school through 12th grade?
It is the desire and vision of the board of directors to expand in the future, but nothing has been determined at this time.
Does the school offer any after-school programming or options?
We offer an aftercare program from 3 to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Students will engage in science and nature play activities that may include, lab experiments, natural world exploration, crafts, and cooking. This is open to MRS students, as well as the greater community.
How are social-emotional issues and overall needs supported at MRS?
Social-emotional health is identified in our domains of learning, and as such, is at the core of what we do. We strive to create an environment in which students can simply be who they are and we regularly receive feedback from our parents that supports this: “It’s so great to see him being himself...this is the first time she’s ever been excited to go to school...he just seems so energized…” We work very hard to form very deep relationships with our students, which, in addition to student goal setting and ongoing social-emotional work, allows us to recognize the needs and styles of our students and ensure that they are met. Through the normal course of the day, we shift through multiple modalities, which ensures that each child has access to our curriculum in a way that best meets their needs.
What kind of academic support does the school offer?
We are a small, growing school with resources commensurate to that status. The teachers are able to differentiate within the classroom, as well as having a Teaching & Learning Specialist on staff who supports classroom families with any academic, social-emotional, or behavioral concerns. However, students who require significant support may require private tutoring above and beyond what the teachers are able to accommodate.
Are there extra costs that would fall outside of tuition (field trips, etc.)?
There are some additional costs for field trips, including Winter Thursday ski package.
Where do you see the TSS partnership heading for the 2019-2020 school year?
We are working with the Teton Science School Place-Based Schools to be part of the Place Network, a network of innovative place-based schools. In 2019-2020, we will be embedding our proficiencies into the learning experience and showcasing progress within these proficiencies.
How is technology used to support teaching and learning at MRS?
MRS has developed a technology policy for students in 3rd+ grade (Meadows), although very little is used. Some students access technology for online math programming or for word processing. When we do use it, there is emphasis placed on healthy, balanced access to those resources. Our teachers have full access to online and technological resources to support their teaching and planning.
How does the school measure student achievement and progress?
We use a proficiency-based model for measuring student achievement over time. See our "assessment section" for more details. Routine formative assessments such as Fountas and Pinnell and AimsWeb are used to gauge specific progress in literacy and math.
What is Mountain River School's educational philosophy?
MRS believes that children must unfold to their fullest potential: emotionally; socially; intellectually; physically, creatively, artistically, and spiritually (nonsectarian). Our approach honors all parts of a child’s development and offers opportunities to learn in a nurturing, learner-centered environment focusing on core skills, leadership, self-awareness, and mastery of foundational curriculum and project-based learning.
As children learn about themselves as individuals and become part of a community, they learn to speak a language of kindness, respect, and compassion for all. Exposure to nature helps students explore the connection between all living things, drawing upon their own innate knowing, intuition, and empathy. We practice daily mindfulness practices and are committed to cultivating and deepening our own awareness, personal relationships, and connections with community.
How are the grades divided at MRS?
Within our multi-age structure, we currently offer classes in our Streams (PreK-K), Rivers (K-2), Meadows (3rd-5th) and Forests (6th-8th) programs.
Is MRS a recognized school?
Yes, MRS has recognized independent school status with the Vermont Agency of Education.
Is MRS a non-profit?
MRS is registered as a non-profit corporation with the State of Vermont and approved by the IRS for Federal 501(c)3 status.
Is there financial assistance available?
We currently are offering a tuition assistance program for the 2019-2020 school year! Please refer to our tuition section for more information or please feel free to contact us to discuss.
Are donations made to MRS tax-deductible?
Yes they are. Since we have received our 501(c)3 approval, any donations made after May 15, 2015 will be considered tax-deductible.