Boarding is at the heart of a VES education. We believe there is no better way to learn, explore and mature to be the best person you can possibly be than within a supportive residential community.
You'll call this place home as you live with your friends and faculty on one of our seven dorms.
Faculty live on dorm. Each dorm has a head dorm parent and at least two faculty members who live onsite, supported by dorm "aunts and uncles"—other faculty who serve on dorm throughout the week. They lead dorm meetings, deliver our Residential Life curriculum and engage residents in dorm social activities.
Peer leaders provide support and friendship. Junior resident assistants and senior counselors are central to dorm life as they lead classmates on what it means to live together in a community. These student leaders work and live on dorm, setting the culture, helping make connections and build relationships, ensuring everyone lives into expectations, and serving as "older sibling" figures to offer advice and support.
Students grow through our Residential Life curriculum. Students discuss and learn with dorm mates about topics ranging from school culture to healthy decision-making, conflict management to developing empathy, appreciating diversity and different perspectives, time management and even how to do laundry.
Dorm life is fun! Dorms join in friendly competitions, host cookouts and pizza parties, celebrate student birthdays and special occasions and create a warm, caring family environment for all of our students.
Day Students at VES
Our day students are fully integrated members of our school community. They benefit from almost every aspect of boarding school—enjoying all of the afternoon programs on campus, the exceptional Student Life learning opportunities, evening study hall, and evening and weekend fun. They may eat meals on campus as well at an extra cost and may be hosted on dorm with friends on occasion as well.
In turn, our day students and their families give so much back to the boarding students and the school—supporting events, cheering on Bishops at games, and opening their hearts and homes to our boarding families. This amazing synergy makes VES an exceptional community.