Education Organizations


(Adult and Community Education of Martha's Vineyard)

Founded July 2008

A.C.E. MV provides educational opportunities for enrichment, practical training, college credit, and life-long learning that bridge generations and cultures to improve the quality of life for all members of our community. We work in partnership with the MV Public Schools and over 30 community organizations and many individuals dedicated to these same goals.

Contact Lynn Ditchfield, Director, at 508-627-8373 or

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African American Heritage Trail

Founded 1998
The African American Heritage Trail continues to research and publish previously undocumented history and involve the Island community in the identification and celebration of the contributions made by people of color to the island of Martha's Vineyard.
Contact Elaine Cawley Weintraub, Board President, at 508.693.4361 or
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The FARM Institute
Founded 2000
The FARM Institute is an educational non-profit committed to connecting people of all ages and all circumstances to agriculture through the diverse operations of a working farm.
Contact Jon Previant at 508.627.7007.
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Garden Gate Child Development Center
Founded 1999
Garden Gate Child Development Center offers a richly unique Early Childhood program which nurtures children's physical, social and spiritual development.
Contact Dawn Warner or Leigh Ann Yuen, Directors, at 508.696.9997 or .
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Island Autism Group Inc.

Founded 2010

The purpose of the Island Autism Group inc. is to fund comprehensive therapeutic services, activities and programs, hard goods and equipment for educational growth and development of children with significant disabilities to further integrate them into society. The group will also fund seminars, speakers and workshops that advance and educate parents, teachers and caregivers of children who do not fully participate in inclusive programs due to their disabilities.

Contact Kate DeVane at 508-693-2568

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Island Children's School
Founded 1969
The Island Children's School provides quality preschool programming which keeps young children connected to their island home, our environment and builds strong social skills through our preschool community.
Contact Kimberly Morris-Wadleigh, Director, at 508.693.5815 or
Special needs:

  • Donor database construction

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Library Friends of Oak Bluffs, Inc

Founded 1988

Our mission is to promote the Library as an active, dynamic education and information center in the community and to support and enhance the Library’s programs, services and collections.

Contact Colleen Morris, President at 508-693-3605 or

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Martha's Vineyard Adult Learning Program
Founded 1997

The Martha's Vineyard Adult Learning Program provides adults with quality Adult Basic Education Classes designed to assist them in achieving their educational, work-related and community goals.
Contact Jeanne Burke, Director, at 508.696.6548 or or
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Martha's Vineyard Agricultural Society

Founded 1859

The Agricultural Society promotes the pursuit of agriculture, horticulture, land conservation, youth activities, mechanic and domestic arts and encourages the raising and improving of plant and animal stock and the sale of island-grown produce and flowers at local farmers' markets.

Contact  Dale McClure, President at 508.693.9549

Martha's Vineyard Literacy Volunteer Program
Founded 1987
The mission of the Martha's Vineyard Literacy Volunteer Program is to meet the literacy needs of residents of Martha's Vineyard as determined by the board of directors.  Tutoring provided one on one year round.
Contact Joyce Stiles-Tucker at 508.693.0559 or
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Martha's Vineyard Museum

Founded 1922

The Martha's Vineyard Museum (Martha's Vineyard Historical Society) is the Island's largest repository of cultural artifacts, historic photographs, archival records, and genealogical records. We strive to broaden awareness and access to the Island's history and shared memory.

Contact David Nathans, Executive Director at 508.627.4441 or

Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust

Founded 1975

The Preservation Trust has acquired, preserved and now actively manages many of the key endangered landmarks of Martha's Vineyard, restoring living institutions to their rightful place in Island life.

Contact Christopher Scott at 508. 627.4440 or

Nathan Mayhew Seminars
Founded 1975
Nathan Mayhew Seminars provides courses of study in the liberal arts, the performing arts, social & Physical sciences, vocational arts & skills, and physical education to members of the general public, without regard to race, color, creed, nationality or ethnic origin.
Contact Edward Housman, Treasurer and Webmaster, at 508.627.3913 or
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Options in Education
Founded 1994
Options in Education supports and promotes innovative educational programs on Martha's Vineyard, especially for children; raises funds for the Charter School; and operates summer programs of educational interest.
Contact Seth Mosler, Treasurer, at 508.693.9900.
Special needs:

  • $450 in start-up costs for after-school chess club.

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Plum Hill Preschool

(Island Waldorf Community)

Founded 2001

The Island Waldorf Community is a nonprofit organization of parents and friends interested in the pursuit of Waldorf Education on the island. Through this community, the Plum Hill School was founded in 2001. It continues to be a successful preschool to children ages 2.9 and up. Currently there are 20 families attending Plum Hill School.

Contact Michelle Brescia, Board Member, at 508.696.7701 or

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Sail Martha's Vineyard
Founded 1992
Sail Martha's Vineyard is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and perpetuating our Island's maritime heritage and culture.
Contact Hope Callen, Administrative Director, at 508.696.7644, or
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Sense of Wonder Creations, Inc.

Founded: 1991

Sense of Wonder Creations is a creative arts program for children designed to nurture the discovery and appreciation of our beautiful world ~ environmental and ethnical diversity ~ to become closer to it and learn how to love and care for it. To expand the understanding of Peace and Justice and to learn how one person can make a difference.

Contact Pam Benjamin, Director, at 508.693.3142 or

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Stone Soup Leadership Institute

Founded 1997

The Stone Soup Leadership Institute develops educational tools, trainings and initiatives to prepare young and emerging leaders to build a more sustainable world.  The Institute brings the Stone Soup fable to life, inspiring people to give their gifts so together we can feed the hunger in our souls and the hunger in the world.

Contact Marianne Larned, Director, at 617-304-7821 or    

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Vineyard Montessori School

Founded 1975

The mission of the Vineyard Montessori School is to follow and execute the philosophy and curriculum for the education of children developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. In providing a carefully planned, stimulating environment children develop within themselves the foundational habits, attitudes, skills, independent thoughts and ideas which are essential to a lifetime of learning and creative thinking.

Contact Debbie Jernegan, Head of School at 508-693-4090 or

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Vineyard Voyagers, Inc.
Founded 2001
The mission of the Vineyard Voyagers Maritime Studies Project is to give young people on Martha's Vineyard the chance to have significant encounters with the sea--to build their knowledge and skills, and develop their confidence and character, through the shared adventure of a centuries-old seafaring tradition.
Contact Sidney B. Morris, Executive Director, at 774.563.0200 or
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Women Empowered
Founded 2001

The mission of Women Empowered is to support Islanders in gaining control over their lives by helping them develop the skills to manage money, resolve debt, explore job options, and identify resources. We do this through confidential one-on-one coaching, public workshops, tuition assistance, and micro loans.
Contact: Vivian Stein at 508.696.8880 or

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