Here at the Village School we have a number of programs that take place beyond the classroom — both within the school itself and beyond our doors.  Here are a few comments from both parents and students about those incredible opportunities and learning experiences.

“The close-knit community of the Village School provides such a warm and engaging learning environment for our daughter. We love the small class sizes and have found the teachers, administration, and staff to be both professional and kind. Beyond the excellent classroom instruction, our first grader is already learning about how food grows in garden class, being exposed to foreign languages, and participating in assemblies and events that connect the students to the broader North Bennington community. We love the Village School!” -Mary and John Hultgren

>> Click here to read what 6th graders from the Class of 2024 have to say about their years at the Village School when asked to reflect on their educational experiences!

\Pictured here: Brian McKenna and his second-grade daughter pictured on the first day of the 2023-2024 school year.

“For well over 100 years, education has been a cornerstone of the Village of North Bennington,” said Brian McKenna (NBGS Class of 1994). “As both a founding board member and parent, I have been privileged to watch our school mature these last ten years, as we’ve reimagined education and the school’s relationship with our community. The partnerships we have forged with The McCullough Library, Hiland Hall Gardens, Bennington College, and the Vermont Arts Exchange (to name a few) have pushed education beyond the walls of 9 School Street. While receiving the consistently strong core education, for which North Bennington has always been known, my daughters have also been exposed to a dynamic arts program, gardening, foreign languages, and a strings program that has set them on a course for success. More importantly, from the example set by their teachers and fellow students, they have learned what it means to be caring citizens, with each other and the greater community.”

kids performing at circus

From Sherry Schwarz, parent of 2 Village School students:  “Troy Wunderle’s residency at the Village School lit a spark for my son. It introduced him—a more reserved kid—to the joy of performing, theater, acrobatics, magic and showmanship. It was a huge confidence builder for Ben and helped set the tone for the rest of his school year. It was a great way for all the students at school to participate in something larger than themselves in a cooperative, positive and playful way. It also taught Ben and the other students the importance of hard work and persistence to achieve their goals.”

From a 3rd grade boy: “I think it is awesome that we get to go on field trips, like the Trout Release Day supported by Trout in the Classroom. After taking care of the trout in our classroom for many months, we worked together to release them to their new home. There were also stations that included a scavenger hunt, a gold panning station, and bug collecting. My favorite station was gold panning because it was super fun and cool to do, even though I did not find any gold.. The scavenger hunt was awesome, too. One of the things I had to find were three different kinds of leaves.”

5th and 6th on hike 2017-18

From 4th grade students who were involved with the tour of the Park McCullough House, where they learned about the family tree of the generations who are associated with the mansion which is almost adjacent to the Village School:

  • It is amazing to see the difference that one family can make in a town!”
  • “It is unbelievable that trolley cars used to drive down the center of Main Street and you could go all the way to New York City, too!”

Park McCullough Tour guides with VSNB kids Park McCullough docents dressed in period garb greet and educate Village School 4th graders.

Village School Kids dressed up at Park McCullough House