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16245 Westside Hwy SW
Vashon, WA, 98070

206-466-7398

The Vashon Green School is a place-based multi-age learning community located on 7 acres of farm and woodlands, on Vashon’s Westside. We offer a hands-on, hearts-on embodied curriculum rooted in practices that promote social intelligence and connection to the natural world. Our curriculum seeks to provide children with tools and support for living a full, balanced and creative life by giving equal value to each of the four windows of knowing: feeling, imagining, sensing and thinking. Mentors honor each child’s unique gifts and learning styles, supported by our small mentor-student ratio. VGS children, mentors and families journey together to create a learning community rooted in compassion, connection and gratitude.

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daily schedule

"To see the world in a grain of sand,
And heaven in a wildflower,
To hold infinity in the palm of your hand, 
And eternity in an hour."

                                --William Blake

  • 9:00 - 9:30 ROLLING START

  • 9:30 - 10:00 OPENING CIRCLE

  • 10:00 - 10:30 CHORES - T, W, TH: Tending chickens, goats, sheep, green house and seedlings, plus land stewardship seasonal chores.

  • 11:15 - 11:30 SNACK

    • MONDAYS 10:00 - 11:15 MULTI AGE READING LAB

    • MONDAYS 11:30 - 12:30 MUSTARD MONDAYS: “time to ketchup” on unfinished assignments and projects from previous week.

    • MONDAYS 10:00 - 12:30 Students rotate in and out of TUTORING LAB with AMY MERCER. Students focus on individualized reading and writing programs.

    • TUESDAYS / THURSDAYS 10:30 - 12:30 MATH and SPANISH: Class is divided into two groups. Younger students have math with Dana while older students have Spanish with Lucia. After a snack at 11:15 groups switch disciplines.

    • WEDNESDAYS 10:30 - 12:30 LANGUAGE ARTS and ILLUSTRATION of the story of the week.

  • 12:30 - 1:30 LUNCH and FREE TIME

  • 1:30 - 2:30 Hands-on AFTERNOON ACTIVITY - T, W, TH: planting, building, art projects

    • WEDNESDAYS 1:30 - 3:00 AFTERNOON FIELD TRIPS and CIVIC ACTION: beach clean-up, food bank volunteering

  • 2:30 - 3:00 CLOSING CIRCLE

We bring our minds together with Opening Circle, a time for gratitude, singing, movement, storytelling and poetry. Each child holds a direction around our circle where we begin and end each day, eat lunch and gather for community celebrations.

Chores bring us into relationship to the animals and plants we tend and build skills in communication, cooperation, collaboration and provide opportunities for big muscle movement.  

Main lesson (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday mornings): we are in the yurt, library or greenhouse for math, science, writing, reading, Spanish, and illustration. Language Arts and science lessons follow five week unit themes (unit/theme examples are: geography, poetry, migration, insects, plant cycles).

Tutoring Laboratory (Monday mornings): students work individually or in groups of two to four, for 20-30 minute sessions with learning specialist Amy Mercer.

Afternoon classes explore the current unit theme through group and individual hands-on activities that include science projects, permaculture/gardening, building, land stewardship, emotional literacy, fiber arts, visual art, and sensory awareness games.  

Closing circle is a time for spirited singing and students’ stories from the day and apples (something sweet), onions (not so sweet) and carrots (an act of kindness) followed by a closing verse by Goethe.