Admissions for North Bennington and Shaftsbury District 1 Residents

The Village School is the elementary school of choice for our district, offering a unique “town academy” educational model that provides students living in North Bennington and Shaftsbury District 1 with the opportunities of an independent school, while serving a public mission to ensure a quality education for all who attend. Our school offers an outstanding academic program and is known for its caring, creative, and dedicated teachers who are commited to fostering each student’s growth. We value a well-rounded education, which includes a strong focus on enrichment through the arts, music, outdoor nature experiences, field trips, and more. Approximately 140 students attend the Village School. We have a highly regarded Pre-K program and also offer enrollment to out-of-district families on a tuition basis.

The NBGSD covers the cost of tuition for residents:

Upon enrolling at the Village School, residents are required to complete the North Bennington Graded School District (NBGSD) residency affidavit. The NBGSD approves enrollment and covers annual tuition for each district student. The tuition for the 2023-2024 school year is $19,003 per student.

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For additional information or questions regarding enrolling at the Village School or to schedule a visit, please contact us at or call our main office at 802-442-5955.

A community school where all are welcome:

The Village School admits students of any race, color, gender, gender identity, nationality, religion, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Village School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, religion, nor national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and other school-administered programs.


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Children are at the heart of all we do. We nurture a child's curiosity, ignite enthusiasm for exploring, develop tools for inquiry, for invention, for achievement. We welcome families into a community-wide collaboration to help our children grow into their best selves - responsible citizens and stewards of the greater world, makers of the future.