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Learning Resources

At Vermont Commons School, students who have a diagnosed learning difference, as evidenced by documentation such as a formal diagnosis, an Evaluation, 504 Plan, IEP or the like, are eligible for a Student Accommodations Plan (SAP) that offers accommodations and recommendations for the student. Teachers work with students to meet their needs, but we are not able to support all learning needs or differences.

Accommodations we offer:

  • In the classroom:
    • Use of word processor for tests, exams, written assessments and note taking
    • Access to digital text and audiobook (if available)
    • May record class/lecture and/or receive teacher notes (if available)
    • Preferential seating to minimize distractions
    • Reduced/no penalty for spelling errors on in-class work
  • For testing/assessments:
    • Extended time on written assessments (quizzes, tests, exams) – 1.5 time
    • Use of word processor for tests, exams, written assessments
    • May use calculator for math assessments
    • May take tests in a smaller/less distracting setting
    • Reduced/no penalty for spelling errors on tests, exams

Accommodations we do NOT offer:

  • an intensive therapeutic environment
  • auxiliary aids (taped course materials, interpreters, Braille, etc.)
  • any programming that would fundamentally alter our mission
  • modification of curriculum. This includes but is not limited to:
    • Oral assessments, extended time on classroom assignments and reduced workload
  • being excused from Encounter Weeks
  • a staff member to follow or support an individual student

Tutoring Program

VCS welcomes external tutors into the building to work with students during their study halls. Vermont Commons maintains a list of Approved Tutors. Families contract directly with these tutors and pay them independently of VCS. VCS provides a consistent, quiet space for the student and tutor to work.

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.