Ages 6-12

Forest Co-Op is designed to enhance the holistic homeschooling experience for children ages 6-12. This forest school style co-op introduces unique skills each semester, while also spending a large part of the day in hands-on nature study and outdoor play with other children.

100% of the children's time is spent learning outdoors. Most students attend 1-2 days per week. Traditional academics such as writing and math are not a focus at Valley Forest School.

Co-Op is from 9-2:30 and is a drop off program. Parents may choose which day(s) of the week work best upon enrollment. Co-Op is divided into two age groups: 6-younger 8 year olds, and older 8 year olds-12. 



Nature study and forest exploration is a part of every co-op class. Nature study topics include plant identification, weather patterns, foraging, insect identification and observation, rock study, animal tracks, birding, flower identification, ecological biodiversity, and environmental stewardship. 

Co-Op students also take field trips to local natural areas to study a large variety of local ecology. Field trips include hiking, bike riding, canoeing, rock climbing, and farm visits. Most field trips costs are included in tuition. A calendar of dates and locations is given to parents of students. Drop off and pick up is at the field trip location these weeks.



2020-2021 school year

The first step to enroll at Valley Forest School is to fill out an application through the link at the bottom of the page. Upon receiving the completed application, we will follow up with you to set up a phone interview and go over expectations and tuition/enrollment fees. If you do not hear from us within 5 days, please follow up, as we may have not received your application.

Enrollment Fee:

$150 enrollment fee for first year students

$50 re-enrollment fee

($200 family maximum for enrollment fees)

Tuition rates can be found here. 

Please inquire about tuition fees.

Co-Op programs operate weekdays 9 am- 2:30 pm. Parents choose which day(s) of the week they would like to enroll. 

Preschoolers with an older sibling in co-op can stay for after-preschool care from 1-2:30 for an additional fee.

2020-2021 school year for Roanoke:

VFS will take a winter break from mid December through January and a  summer break for the end of July through Labor Day. 

2020-2021 school year for Greenville:

VFS will open January 18, 2021 and be open through the end of May with a summer break June-Labor Day.

Please visit our clothing requirements page to view items necessary for enrollment in any season program.  

Please contact Bekah if you are interested in mid-year enrollment by emailing or calling 540-293-2730.



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