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Vermont Poetry Out Loud Championship 2022

Vermont Poetry Out Loud Championship 2022

  March 14th, Amelia Foster ’25 participated at the Poetry Out Loud state competition at the Barre Opera House. Weeks earlier she competed in a class competition by reciting a poem from memory. Developing her public speaking skills, she was judged in six categories: Physical Presence, Voice and Articulation, Dramatic Appropriateness, Evidence of Understanding, and […]

Class of 2022: Highest SAT Average in the History of the School

From the beginning to the end of each day, it all boils down to the students, doesn’t it? The student experience, students overcoming challenges, student growth and leadership. What these incredible kids do everyday is what draws me and my colleagues to the life of being an educator. Students are intrinsically resilient, partially because they are […]


  For Immediate Release October 25, 2021 Contact: Jill Strawbridge 802-865-8084 VERMONT COMMONS SCHOOL’S ENCOUNTER WEEK REUNITES STUDENTS WITH LOCAL AND REGIONAL COMMUNITIES VCS’s signature program successfully resumes after hiatus necessitated by Covid South Burlington, VT — After 18 difficult months, Vermont Commons School joyfully resumed its unique and much-missed Encounter Week Program, an […]

Simon Rosenbaum, National Merit Semifinalist

We are honored to have Simon Rosenbaum, class of 2022, recognized as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. 32 of these academically talented high school students hail from the state of Vermont. National Merit Scholars have […]

“To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”

(photo courtesy of Concord Museum)        Emerson wrote, “To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.”  Yet, inescapably, here we are in the final steps of this journey, a truth shown to us through students’ stories, […]

Five Class Days to Go

As the days lengthen, the stretch between now and the school-year finish line only shrinks.  Five class days to go.  Three days of activities (thank you, Parent Ambassadors for hosting class gatherings the day after school ends!).  Senior Projects end today.  Graduation for the Class of 2021 is exactly two weeks from the moment I write […]

2021-22 Community & Core Calendars

Note: To view next year’s events, please adjust the month/year field at the top-left of the calendar. **Additional dates may be added to the list below as they are determined. August 26th, 2021: All-School Hike/Community Day August 27th, 2021: Orientation Day August 30th, 2021: First Day of Classes September 6th, 2021: Labor Day (No School) […]

What You Cannot See

Seeing is believing.  Blessed are those who believe without seeing.  I came, I saw, I conquered.  What did you see at the scene of the crime?  This was captured on film.  I will see you on Zoom…. An early graduate school professor of mine, the wonderful Jennifer Green-Lewis, taught a course on the impact of photography on literature during the […]

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.