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School in the Time of Coronavirus

School in the Time of Coronavirus

       Fall is here at last.  October rains, change of leaves, the golden hour before sunset.  Whenever the weather happens to be good, it’s the time for getting that hike or bike in, a stroll by the water or the neighbor’s yard.  Any chance to be out in the warmth is a chance […]

VCS Seniors Named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

  Vermont Commons School seniors Sophie Dodds (left) of Burlington, VT and Benjamin Poulin (right) of Shelburne, VT, have been recognized as semifinalists in the 2021 National Merit Scholarship Program. Vermont Commons is one of only 16 schools in the state to have students recognized as semifinalists. Over 1.5 million juniors in nearly 21,000 high […]

And we’re off!!!

       The start to any school year is a pretty special thing.  All that preparation, all the nervousness leading up to it.  The questions from faculty and administrators:  Will this actually work?  Can we pull it off once again?  Did we fix that problem the right way or plan for that initiative successfully?  Will our students be […]

Outdoor Education and Field Study Fall 2020

  We are excited to share a sampling of our fall Encounter Experiences continuing the tradition of learning outside of the classroom. This year is obviously very different. We have adapted our Encounter Program to be full-day, outdoor, in-person experiential education every Wednesday. These multi-week Short Courses will be held outside in small, socially-distanced, cross-grade […]

Changing the Community Through Connections: a COVID-19 Story

Vermont Commons School science instructor Mark Keegan assembling face shields for donation to local health care organizations   Written by Kent Vaccaro, Class of 2020: One of the strongest places for community and connection across fields is locally at schools. Local Middle and High School, Vermont Commons School, began an intracommunity partnership seeking to help […]

2020-2021 Community Calendar

NOTE: You will need to set the month to August 2020 at the earliest to see 2020-2021 dates.

2020-21 Core Calendar

September 8th, 2020: First Day of School October 15th, 2020: Conference Day (Parents/Advisors); NO SCHOOL for students October 16th, 2020: Fall Break; NO SCHOOL November 3rd, Election Day; NO SCHOOL November 4th, Faculty Inservice; NO ENCOUNTER EXPERIENCE Student post-election discussion groups on Zoom in morning. Students free starting at lunch November 23rd – 27th, 2020: […]

Classroom Renovation Completed! Come celebrate with us!

Out with the “Cave” and the “Maze,” in with enriched learning, enhanced arts, and homes for faculty and classes! Join us Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. for morning refreshments, socializing with parents, alums, alum parents, faculty, and friends, take a tour of the new classroom and learning spaces, learn about the incredible positive impact on the student […]

Scholarship. Community. Global Responsibility.

Students emerge from their time at Vermont Commons School intrinsically motivated to seek out their role for improving the world, with the skills and competencies to do so.