In September 1970 Village Community School opened in its current location with an enrollment of 170 children, from Kindergarten to 6th Grade. Families and faculty from Bank Street School founded the new school when their former school moved uptown and Greenwich Village needed a community school. The first 8th Grade class graduated in 1973. The founding Director, Sheila Sadler, retired in 1989 and was succeeded by Jeff Wallis. Eve K. Kleger, the third head of school, was appointed in 1996.
Since its founding, the school has flourished. Over the years it has grown and changed, even as it has maintained its mission consistency and the outstanding quality of its teaching. Today, approximately 350 children from an increasingly diverse parent body attend VCS in a facility that is almost twice the size of the original building.
Village Community School is an independent, non-profit, educational corporation chartered by the Board of Regents of the State of New York, accredited by NYSAIS (New York State Association of Independent Schools), licensed by the Health Department and approved by the Board of Education. The school is a member of Early Steps, the Interschool Faculty Diversity Search, Prep for Prep, Parents League, Educational Records Bureau, Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York, the Guild for Independent Schools of New York City and the National Association of Independent Schools.