Student Activities

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Student Activities

Fun can be beneficial, and beneficial learning experiences can be fun. You see that every day at VSDB.

At VSDB we focus on the education of the whole child. Every facet of life at VSDB contributes to student development, engagement, and wellbeing. Learning extends beyond the classroom through clubs, activities, sports, and outings. We offer a broad range of opportunities, supporting individual development and fostering social, physical, emotional, and intellectual growth.

Student activities promote self-esteem, confidence, and crucial life skills … a significant component of how VSDB helps students GROW intellectually and emotionally, DO amazing and interesting things, and BECOME successful, happy adults.



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Becky Watson, Director of Student Life

Phone: 540-332-9046
Text: 540-645-6152

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Beyond the Classroom

At VSDB, education extends beyond the classroom through a variety of after school  activities. Offered to both day and residential students, the activities are the result of collaborative efforts between the School and Residential Programs to ensure that at VSDB, learning never stops!  At the end of the school day, students can participate in a variety of activities and sports that foster independent living skills, confidence and self-worth, the development of functional daily and work related skills, healthy habits, and positive social interactions.


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  • Educational field trips, including shopping trips that focus on money management and communication
  • Waterpark
  • Hayrides
  • Dining experiences that provide exposure and support independent living skills, money management, and communication skills


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Age appropriate social and educational events such as

  • Holiday parties
  • Harvest festival
  • Dances
  • Prom
  • Homecoming events


Organizations provide many opportunities for students to interact, learn skills, deepen knowledge, and develop leadership ability.

  • Music groups
  • Walking club
  • Student Council
  • Academic Bowl
  • More!