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Many of us have regularly heard the comment that Vermont Commons is not diverse or that people wish we would catch up with the diversity of the State of Vermont or the City of Burlington.  Ironically, more than 20% of our student body identify as students of color, a percentage higher than the City of […]

Lions and Lambs, Part II

That weather whiplash I wrote about last week is certainly playing out right now.  55 degrees while I write this;  predicted to be 9 degrees in 60 hours!  But it’s all fine, isn’t it?  Last night I spent a few restful moments after the second Evening of Readings outside in the warm wind looking at […]

Lions and Lambs

In like a lion, out like a lamb.  I remember my second-grade teacher, Ms. Thomason, telling us this old saying about the month of March.  In the mid-west, that rang pretty true.  Frosts and freezes and even the errant epic snow storm were regular companions for the month, but by April, you could pretty much […]

Two VCS Students Named as National Merit Finalists

We are delighted to announce an incredible honor just bestowed upon two members of the Class of 2021. Each year, just under 4 million 11th graders from high schools across the country take the PSAT.  During the fall of their Senior year, the students with the top scores on the PSAT nationally are awarded Semi-Finalist […]

0% Tuition Increase

  Each year at their January meeting, the Board of Trustees sets tuition for the subsequent school year at Vermont Commons.  This painstaking process begins late in the fall, through careful review of the projected operational goals and needs of the school, tuitions at other comparable institutions in our local and regional market, internal long-term tuition projections, and the school’s overall financial position.  At […]

Your To-do List

As you’ve read from me over the last several weeks, things are on track for us to return to the building in the fashion we announced in early December and have described in detail on the website (see here if you’ve missed it:  What this means is that–if everything continues to go according to plan–we […]

The Grey, Accomplishment, Transitions.

I think we’ve all had enough of the grey.  I say that because this week pretty much everyone I’ve run into, spoken with, or heard from is feeling it right now.  Feeling the grey.  Of course I’m not just talking about Vermont:  friends, colleagues, family around the country are feeling it.  The pandemic is exhausting […]

What a week!

What a week! Its wild ups and downs emerge in these excerpts from messages to students and teachers over the last five days: Monday morning email to the Faculty:        “The shaping of lives has been on my mind this break and how necessary it is to honor those experiences and the forces that […]

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.