Students gather at Vermont Commons School each day amidst a community of friends. Teachers and students are actively involved in meaningful ways, supporting one another both in and outside of the classroom. Our students appreciate the lasting friendships they make with their classmates and their teachers. Teacher-student relationships and peer support are integral to the Vermont Commons experience.
7th Grade Student
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The best thing about Vermont Commons School is the community. If you were to ask other students at VCS, it’s likely they would say the same thing. You will hear it from lots of people. Teachers are less like teachers and more like friends. You get to know people in other grades and you may consider them just as close of friends as those in your own grade, or even closer. People are so supportive and kind. We really are a wonderful community that works together for what we think is right. Learn more about Sophie.
8th Grade Student
I think the best thing about Vermont Commons is how hands-on everything is. We don’t just learn the material, we go out and do it. Almost every day we get out of the classroom. Instead of reports and presentations, we make art, or skits to explain concepts. My favorite subject is Language Arts. I like this class because I love to write and read. Is there more to be said?
10th Grade Student
The environment here is really open, and my teachers are available to talk at any time. How many schools do you go to where you get to call your teachers by their first names? The teachers are open to listening to us and the classes are really great too. Learn more about Seth.
10th Grade student
My favorite subject this year was Social Studies with Heather Moore. We learned all about the universe, from the Big Bang, to the future. It was great because throughout the year we covered so much and there was something for everybody. I personally loved learning about humans and collective learning. We all do a ton of fun hands-on projects which are great to improve your understanding of the material. Learn more about Helena.
12th Grade student
The classes at Vermont Commons are more interesting because the teachers are extremely knowledgeable in their subject areas and are willing to go further in depth at the request of the class or individual students. I don’t think that there is any other school that offers three trips a year as Vermont Commons does with encounter weeks. These have an impressive range, from backpacking and wilderness first aid to Model UN at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more about Beckett.
12th grade student
I have always had an affinity for science. Ever since I was little, I was fascinated by the daily habits of animals. I would read scientific novels and watch documentaries on marine life, dinosaurs and any other recent animal discoveries. Today, I still enjoy learning about these amazing creatures, and VCS has only amplified my scientific interests. The biology courses here, cellular in 9th grade and evolution in 10th grade, involve a great deal of time in the lab. It was this time in the lab where I had the opportunity to learn more about the organisms that I am interested in, which helped solidify my desire to become a marine biologist. Learn more about Jalen.