Love of Learning

Nourishing the Sense of Wonder innate in children. Active learners. Independent thinkers. Community members.

Love of Nature

Establishing a Lifelong Connection. Getting back to nature? We never left.

Instilling Kindness

Developing Self-Confidence and Responsibility for Oneself

Contact with Nature

Children derive a strong sense of self and place spending time in nature.

Preserving Childhood

No rush for children to grow up into adults



The Village School provides a warm, safe, supportive, nurturing garden for children to grow and become themselves. Teachers are facilitators, gardeners and role models

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Children are learning friendship making, fine and large motor skills, beginning reading and handwriting, hands-on math with manipulatives, and growing imagination and creativity through play, all rooted in daily experience in nature. Wonder is alive and thriving.

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Grade 1 - 2

Children begin to solidify skills and move freely between the world of imagination and the real world around them. Learning sparks their interest, and their interest guides the direction and depth of their learning. Play and work are indistinguishable.

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Grade 3 - 4

Children begin to separate the imaginary world from the world of reality. They value both and transition easily from one to another. Reading is opening big doors to the larger world outside their home and classroom. They take on a yearlong study, immersing deeply in exploration.

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Grade 5 - 6

Taking on an expansive Theme Study for the whole year, such as the Middle Ages or the American Frontier West, children explore the past and present and make connections to their daily lives. Self expression takes many forms, such as writing, painting and creating an original play together.

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See our Reopening Plan. Our kids are coming to school, safely!

Want a taste of the school? See the 1st-2nd class slideshow of this past school year.

The Village School is an independent school for students from preschool through the 6th grade.

Located in rural Royalston, Massachusetts, The Village School serves children from over 20 of the surrounding communities in north-central Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.

The nature-based Village School education focuses on in-depth hands-on academic studies together with kindness and attention to the individual student.

The Village School helps children develop their talents, celebrates their uniqueness, and champions cooperative learning.  The school’s structure facilitates each student becoming responsibly independent.

Do you wonder if The Village School could be a great place for your child to thrive? Find out if the school can serve your child and budget.

Please fill out the inquiry form to set up your visit or call (978)249-3505 or email

Have a Question for Us?

The Village School is located at:
253 S. Royalston Rd in Royalston, MA 01368

Call: (978) 249 3505

Interested in learning more? Contact us to speak with the director & set up a tour.

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Parent Reminders


Dress for the weather


Music      3rd-6th Science

Wednesday    3rd-4th canoe  Tully Lake  8:45-noon

Half-day      K-6th dismissed at 12:30.

Thursday       8:30 a.m. 1st-2nd Reading Morning

Art Classes    

Friday       NO SCHOOL  Inservice Math Day


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