It is a pleasure to welcome you to a very special place, Vanderbilt Elementary School! Our esteemed faculty here at Vanderbilt maintains a deep commitment to making a difference in the life of each child. We strive for academic excellence, accepting children as they are: individual learners who require individual attention. Teachers have created a professional learning environment which allows for the free exchange of ideas that revolve around what is best for children. We work collectively to design and implement best teaching practices in education as we grow and learn together. Social and emotional growth is as important as academic growth. Children succeed when they are happy and possess a positive self image. Our school culture focuses on positive citizenship. All of us are unified by our roles as members of an important and effective learning community, while we respect each other for our differences. A strong partnership between parent, child, and teacher is essential. Parental involvement at home and in school is a critical component of a child's education. All of these factors together promote the development of children as lifelong learners. In the future, as in the past, we will work passionately and cooperatively with all members of the Vanderbilt community to enhance the lives of our children.