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Steps for Admission


Schedule a tour of Vermont Commons School! Experience Vermont Commons and meet with our Admissions Director, Jill Strawbridge. Jill loves to share the blend of academics and global immersion unique to Vermont Commons School. She welcomes your questions at any point during the admission journey. Please contact her at (802) 865-8084 ext 190 or by email at


Prior to scheduling a visit, we request that families complete the first portion of our online application on the Vermont Commons application website. If a student wishes to move forward with an application for admission to Vermont Commons after a tour or visit, families will 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 letters of recommendation from Math and English teachers. 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 a school transcript reflecting the past two years and current academic year from your school’s guidance office. Ensure transcripts are sent to:

Jill Strawbridge
Director of Admissions
Vermont Commons School
75 Green Mountain Drive
South Burlington, VT  05403


Applicants for 8th through 12th grade will need to register for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Vermont Commons School is an ISEE test site. Test dates and information can be found at If you’ve missed a registration date, please let us know. We are often able to schedule walk-in candidates, although additional fees may apply.

Candidates for 6th and 7th grade are asked to complete the Vermont Commons School admission assessment. Please contact Jill Strawbridge at (802) 865-8084 ext. 190 or by email for monthly test dates and registration information.


Submit all application materials for the 2020-21 school year, including the application fee, by the priority date of February 20, 2020.  New applications for the 2019-20 school year are considered on a rolling and space available basis.


If applying for financial aid, please complete the Financial Aid application at and submit by February 20, 2020.  Financial Aid is awarded to accepted applicants after February 20th.  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 20th. Requests for both financial aid and admission will be considered on a rolling basis after February 20th, 2020.

Vermont Commons School admits qualified students irrespective of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, place of birth, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability. All students are afforded the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to our students. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, place of birth, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability in the administration of its educational programs, admission, scholarships and loans, athletics or other school policies. 

Scholarship. Community. Global Responsibility.

At Vermont Commons School, our goal is to engage students with their world. We achieve this through programs and a curriculum grounded in local and global involvement.