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Engaging with the World

img_8060At Vermont Commons School our students engage with the world both through classroom instruction and a curriculum that is grounded in local and global outreach and involvement. Community engagement is common thread throughout our Mission and Guiding Principles, and our commitment to participation in the world is part of what makes Vermont Commons School the extraordinary place it is.

A Vermont Commons School education immerses students in culture, ecology, landscapes, and experiences in which to study science, social studies, English, mathematics, the arts, and world languages. We believe that a school founded on Community 1) fosters students’ connection to place 2) nurtures students’ love of learning 3) creates vibrant partnerships between our school and the greater community 4) improves environmental, social and economic vitality, and 5) helps students learn to care for their world and feel empowered to make a difference.

Our definition of Community is bigger than simply “local.” Students learn to see the entire globe as their neighborhood. Vermont Commons School offers two or three overseas travel/study opportunities to students each year, and we also maintain active international exchanges with sister schools in China and Peru.

photo taken of students filming for a documentary during an Encounter Week on the wind energy debate in Vermont


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.