Life at VTS

Student Wellness

Maintaining physical, mental and spiritual health while in seminary is an important discipline to keep in the ongoing formation of Christian leaders. VTS makes every effort to aid students in their wellness practices. The food in the refectory allows ample choices so students can maintain healthy diets. Students have access to the gym facilities at neighboring Episcopal High School. Informal team sports are organized by students annually. Football, soccer, softball, and basketball are mainstays during the academic year, with teams often traveling to weekend tournaments with other seminaries. Though the school does not have a pool, the Chinquapin Recreation Center (about a mile from the Seminary) does have one and welcomes Alexandria residents for a minimal charge. 

Mental Health
Northern Virginia and Washington DC offer excellent services for counseling for individuals, families, and children. In addition, those in recovery from addiction can easily find support and resources nearby.

Spiritual Direction
Spiritual Direction is encouraged by Virginia Seminary for students, faculty, staff, and spouses or partners of students, to support formation for ministry. The seminary seeks to underscore the importance of this practice by offering partial reimbursement to directees during the academic year.

Health Insurance

All full-time students are required to have health insurance and to document their coverage at registration. The Seminary offers full-time master's-level students group health and hospitalization coverage with Kaiser Permanente.

Eligible students may enroll in the plans effective  August 1st, or at the time of a qualifying life event such as marriage, birth, or loss of other insurance coverage.  Enrollment is through VTS.  Send the Enrollment Form to the attention of Valerie Mayo or email the form to her at vmayo@vts.edu.  Students must be enrolled through VTS and will be billed by VTS in two, 6-month installments.

Students may also search the federal healthcare exchange established under the Affordable Care Act for additional options.

For more information contact the Community Life Coordinator, Valerie Mayo, VMayo@vts.edu or by calling (703) 461-1722.

Quiet Days

Two Quiet Days are observed in each academic year, one in the Fall and the other on during Lent. Classes are suspended and silence is observed for the day so that the community can draw together to hear meditations and to pray both corporately and individually. Freedom from speaking allows the other senses to be heightened and attentive to the presence and movement of the Holy Spirit.
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