At 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.
Students gather at Vermont Commons School each day amidst a community of friends. Teachers and students are actively involved in meaningful ways, supporting one another both in and outside of the classroom. See our featured Students
Vermont Commons School parents see their children grow intellectually, develop self-confidence, experience their world directly, and become part of a vibrant and caring community. From orientation through graduation, we invite you to bring your own wisdom, leadership, expectations, and energy to this community. See our featured Parents
Vermont Commons School challenges students daily with interdisciplinary curriculum taught by dedicated faculty who empower students to feel a sense of place and how it relates to the larger environment. The small class size offers personalized attention and allows for meaningful relationships between teachers and students. See our Faculty
At Vermont Commons School, the administration supports and empowers teachers to fully engage students in their learning using 21st century teaching methodologies. Innovation is encouraged and educational philosophies that work are shared in regular meetings and online forums. Best practices for enhanced collaboration and professionalism are continually sought out in order to sustain a culture of community and excellence for students, teachers, parents, and alumni. See our Administration
The Vermont Commons School Board currently has nine Trustees. Each member serves three-year terms and chairs or sits on at least one of the six Standing Committees and/or the numerous Ad Hoc and Sub Committees. Trustees work on advancing the mission and the vision of the school through focus on the integrity of the organization, financial and policy issues, due diligence, and the growth of the school. See our Board of Trustees
Our graduates are our pride and joy. We were proud of you as students and now honor you as adults and alums of Vermont Commons School. As we further develop our Alumni Association, we look to bring you back to Vermont Commons and to bring Vermont Commons back to you.