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Welcome from the Head of School

As a parent of two students who have relocated to beautiful Naples, Florida, to join The Village School community, I would like to share with you my experience, parent-to-parent. When my wife and I learned of the potential opportunity to lead this fantastic school, our first step was to research The Village School online. What we found were heartfelt and passionate reviews on the school’s Facebook page. We knew these were organic and reflective of the community that we were considering joining. We then combed through the school’s website and learned more about the mission of the school: “to provide an environment which empowers and inspires students to think and create solutions to challenges in an ever-changing world.” This forward-looking mission aligns with my educational philosophy, which is in part to make real-world learning fun and personalized for each student while preparing them for careers which may not exist today by providing them an environment where they can feel safe to F.A.I.L. (First Attempt In Learning) forward.

Our journey continued during our first visit to campus, when we observed overwhelming evidence of what we read about as we walked the halls on campus. We saw authentic real-world teaching and learning happening at each grade level. The close personal relationships between the faculty and students were apparent. There was a sense of joy and happiness on everyone’s face which is hard to replicate, proof that this is a special place in which students experience the joy of learning.

After we applied, our then 5-year-old son shadowed for the day in Kindergarten while our then 8-year-old daughter shadowed in third grade. After we left campus that day, I asked them to tell me about their experiences. My daughter commented that while she was apprehensive at first, she left the day with “a best friend and many other friends.” She also “really loved science!“ My son reported, “Kindergarten is FUN!” and gave it a thumbs up. The fact that neither of them wanted to leave at the end of that day was proof this is truly a magical place for children. We learned through the admission process that The Village School as a community is incredibly welcoming to new families, an important consideration when relocating to a new school.

Beyond learning in a safe and vibrant environment, our students are developing life skills which will prepare them for college and beyond. A S.T.E.A.M. curriculum based on whole brain research and supported by Christ Skills gives the students a solid foundation and preparation for life.

On this website, you will learn what makes The Village School a fantastic environment for your child. The next step is for you to visit and see it for yourself. I encourage you to tour our school soon, and I look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful campus.

Best regards,
Dennis Chapman
Head of School

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