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Steps for Admission


We welcome your interest in our school! Families may begin their exploration of Vermont Commons School with a visit or informational call. We believe that spending time with us is the best way to experience Vermont Commons approach to academics and community — and we look forward to sharing details about our engaged learning community.

Please reach out to Kat Nelson, Director of Admissions, to schedule a personalized call or visit. Kat loves to share the blend of scholarship and immersion unique to Vermont Commons School. She welcomes your questions at any point during the admission journey. Please contact her today at (802) 865-8084 or by email at

Schedule a Call or Visit


Prior to visiting, we request that families complete the first portion of our online application on the Vermont Commons application website. After a visit, if a student wishes to move forward with an application for admission to Vermont Commons, we ask families to complete the VCS online application. After the priority deadline of February 20th, applications are considered on a rolling admission and space available basis.


As part of the online application the Admission Office requests current Math and English teachers recommendations. Guidance Counselor recommendations are necessary for high school students. The Admission Office reaches out to teachers and counselors with contact information provided by families through the online application process. Additionally, we request families forward copies of school reports reflecting the past two years and current academic year.


All candidates are asked to complete the Vermont Commons School admission assessment. The assessment typically takes place on a Saturday morning at VCS and is comprised of math, reading and writing. There is a $75 assessment fee payable by check on the day of the assessment. Please contact Kat Nelson at (802) 865-8084 or by email to coordinate an assessment date.


Submit all application materials including the application fee.  New applications for the current and next school year are considered on a rolling and space available basis.


If applying for financial aid, please complete the Financial Aid application at the Blackbaud website and submit by February 25.  Financial Aid is awarded to accepted applicants after February 25th.  While decisions for admission are need blind, completing the financial aid application in tandem with an application for admission is advised to ensure timely consideration.  For detailed information regarding Financial Aid practices, please follow this link:  Please direct questions regarding Financial Aid to Linda Bursell, our Business Manager, at  For priority consideration, completed financial and admission paperwork must be received by February 25th. Requests for both financial aid and admission will be considered on a rolling basis after February 25th.

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.