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 their imaginary world from the world of reality. One is for play, one is for learning. They value both and transition easily from one to another. Reading is opening big doors to the larger world outside their home and classroom. Nature is their natural home.

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Grade 5 - 6

Taking on an expansive Theme Study for the whole year, such as ancient Greece, 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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Now Enrolling in select grades for Fall 2019!

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.

Wonder if the Village School could be a great place for your child? Come to an Open Visiting Day, any Monday, Tuesday or Thursday, at 8:30 a.m. You can observe the class or two of your choice, and find out if the school can serve your child and your budget.

Please call 978 249 3505 or email

Annual Pancake Breakfast June 1st

Join us on Royalston Common Saturday, June 1st for the Pancake Breakfast, Spectacular Silent Auction, Morris Men, Live Birds of Prey, Mimosa and Beer tent, giant yard sale and more!

Parent Reminders


All School Sing DANCE WEEK


8:30 a.m. 1st-2nd Theme Share Celebration


Send in your auction donation form


8:30 a.m.  Parent Group Meeting   auction and breakfast details


11:00 Preschool dance  3:30  K-6th dance  in auditorium

Coffee order due (last order until September!)

Send in students with light colored jackets and light colored hats- the black flies will bother them less.  Hats are essential in black fly season.

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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.