Welcome from the Head of the Upper School!
I am excited and humbled for the opportunity to lead the Upper School at The Village School of Naples. Opened in 2016, the division has grown by leaps and bounds and just graduated its first class in June of 2020. My family and I are blessed to join this amazing family of educators, parents, and students that prides itself on educating the whole child in a positive Christian environment with a focus on true S.T.E.A.M. principles and project-based learning. My previous 15 years at Florida independent schools has included serving as a Director of fine and performing arts programs as well as serving as Academic Dean. I look forward to collaborating and sharing my cross-curricular experiences with my Village School colleagues.
Upper School presents an opportunity for students’ deeper exploration and initial pursuit of their unique passions, while finding their own voice in the world. To facilitate this growth and prepare students for success in an ever changing global community, The Village School truly values whole brain learning, social-emotional growth, and S.T.E.A.M. educational principles, creating an educational environment that truly fosters a growth mindset. That holistic mindset, wrapped in the founding principles of Christian values and the Christ Skills we teach, propels our students to make a positive difference in the world and prepares them for success at the next level.
As the new school in town, we have been able to blend traditional core classes, instruction, and academic rigor with the arts, combined with the latest and most effective trends in teaching and learning. In addition to our rigorous academic core featuring college prep and honors curriculum, our focus on the development of the whole student includes an expansive visual and performing arts program, athletics, multiple student leadership opportunities, academic clubs and student life experiences, as well as peer leadership development. With more than 70 courses offered and over 16 AP courses available, The Village School of Naples inspires and empowers students to create a brighter future for the world in which we live.
Additionally, our College Counseling program begins immediately in the 9th grade, educating TVS students and their parents about the path to college acceptance. Our qualified faculty knows first-hand the challenges our students face, build quality relationships with students through our advisory program, and create an environment that fosters empathy, collaboration, and communication among our students, all while challenging them always to look beyond their current abilities and continuously strive for more. Through a combination of academic rigor, a positive school environment and focus on Christ Skills and social-emotional development, The Village School of Naples provides a vibrant community where students can grow, lead, and contribute in myriad ways to their families, school, church, and the world beyond.
I am honored to be on this journey with all of you!
William J. Eyerly, Ed.D
Upper School Principal