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12th Grade Student

Student Testimony

The best aspect of Vermont Commons School is the personalized attention that students receive from their teachers and peers.  Being a relatively small environment, VCS faculty work hard to make sure that every student is performing at their fullest.  If a student has any concerns or comments involving academics, sports, or just needs advice, the faculty is easily approachable and willing to help. Likewise, students at VCS have strong academic and social circles.  We believe in each other, and work together tirelessly through all of our many group projects.  If a classmate is struggling, we step up to help each other.

Now that I am a senior there are the increased leadership opportunities on Encounter Weeks, with student mentoring, in Model UN, sports, etc.  Also, this year will be the time of the notorious Rube Goldberg Machine Challenge.  I am also interested in engineering, so I am definitely up for the challenge of putting together a fully functional design system with my peers.


My favorite hobbies are playing volleyball, scuba diving, swimming, all things science (marine biology, paleontology, zoology, etc.) and reading.

Year at VCS

This is my senior year


I live in Shelburne, VT

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.