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Mission & Guiding Principles


Scholarship. Community. Global Responsibility.



  • Scholarship is engagement with an academically rigorous curriculum fostering independent thinking and intellectual curiosity.
  • Through direct interaction and application of skills and knowledge, the world is our classroom, lab, and studio.
  • Our community values respect for self and others, honesty and integrity, and diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Global responsibility emerges from the understanding that our choices and actions impact our communities and require a commitment to service.
  • Environmental stewardship arises through experience and informed appreciation of the interdependence between oneself and the natural world.
  • Health and wellness result from an intentional balance of one’s academics, activities, emotional needs, and social interactions.
  • Leadership is cultivated through dedicated training and continuous opportunities.
  • Collaboration between students and faculty forms the fabric of the Vermont Commons experience.

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.