Expeditions:  Long-term projects that give students a context and reason for developing academic knowledge and skills. Expeditions take students outside the classroom to explore themes and questions that matter–not just explore, but also create a product or performance that will be shared with the community at a final celebration.

Crews: Small, mixed-grade groups where students start their day each week. They compete in fun challenges with other crews, reflect on personal and academic triumphs and challenges, and provide a support network for students.

Student-Led Conferences: Once per semester, each student conferences with faculty and family members to communicate their academic and personal growth.

Senior Passages: Seniors show that they’re ready to graduate by presenting work samples that demonstrate mastery of key academic and personal skills. A panel of community members is there to ask questions and support each senior.

Mentorships: VGHS is lucky to be part of a community where professionals in every specialty—engineers, chefs, doctors, mechanics, artists, etc.—are willing to let our seniors shadow and learn about the rewards, challenges, and educational requirements of different kinds of work.