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Welcome to Vermilion Country School

At Vermilion Country School, we do not believe in an assembly line education, where students rarely have opportunities to guide their own programming. Each student has unique interests and abilities. So, we develop a highly-personalized project-based learning plan that allows the student to engage more deeply in the process, while meeting all State standards. Vermilion Country School provides a supportive environment where students are encouraged to explore, collaborate, and find success in their own way, both inside and outside the classroom.

VCS is a grades 7-12 public charter school in Minnesota's beautiful North Country. There is no tuition and transportation is provided.

Why come to Vermilion Country School?
Because our goal is to light the fire in each student. To help them find their passion for learning, give them the multitude of skills they'll need to be successful, and most importantly, to be a valued member of society in the 21st Century. If you're tired of an outdated status quo in education, you won't find a better alternative in the North Country than the Vermilion Country School.

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Coming Up

Pancake Breakfast @ VCS

Sunday, April 23 at 10am

Free breakfast, donations accepted. Proceeds going towards choir and theatre.

Bulletin Board

2016-17 Testing Dates

For anyone needing the district testing dates, they can be found on this attachment.

2016-17 Testing Dates

School Admin Survey

The yearly school administrator survey will be available for the month of March. This is a chance for useful feedback from the community on how the school and admin are doing. While anonymous, we ask that only those who have actually interacted with the school this year take the survey so that we have current data. Also, if there are any comments you would like responses to, please make sure to include some contact information in the last question for open comments. Thanks!

Survey address:

MCA Testing Security Procedures

Each year schools across MN take the MCA tests for state accountability. These tests are considered secure information that is not to be shared with anyone. Attached is the school's test security procedures.

Test Procedures

JMC Parent Portal

JMC parent portal is now accessible at:

As we are still in a transition from Project Foundry to JMC, some items may not be complete yet as teachers are migrating data. However, attendance and lunch accounts should be accurate. Information will be mailed out to parents on how to access.

MCA Parent Letter

This is a letter to parents about state testing.

MCA Parent Letter

MCA Info Sheet

This is an info sheet from MDE on state testing.

MCA Info Sheet

Amazon Smile and Book Wish List

Vermilion Country School now has as a charitable donator just like our Target card program. By shopping at Amazon and designating VCS as your charitable donation, Amazon will automatically donate a portion of the proceeds to help out the school. The best part is that it doesn't cost a thing! Just sign up and do your shopping as normal and the school will get some additional support to keep providing high quality programs for our north range students: "Amazon Smile Link"

We are also keeping a public wish list of books that students would like to add to our library. If anyone is looking for donation options for the school, following the items on the wish list is something easy to click on and help out students at the school: "Amazon Wish List Link"

 Education is all a matter of building bridges. 

- Ralph Ellison

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