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End of Year Frenzy

End of Year Frenzy

15 May 2020 Four weeks?  Is that really possible? Somehow, it is.  This is the time of year when everything–everything—suddenly moves very, very quickly, pandemic or not.  Here’s the blow by blow: Next week is a half-week of regular classes, followed by two days of Encounter Experiences. The following Monday, May 25th, is Memorial Day, and we are […]

Open House Live – Sunday, May 17th

Join us for our first-ever Open House Live (via Zoom). See why parents and students rave about their Vermont Commons learning experience. Open House is an excellent chance to meet our faculty, parents and students. Hear first hand what attracts families to our vibrant community. Loving school—even online—is an option. Learn More

Disruptive Innovation

9 May 2020 Disruptive innovation. This term was all the rage over the last several years.  I remember when Jasmine and I went to the NAIS conference in Boston back in 2015 and there were tons of sessions on the power of educational innovations that completely disrupted the norm.  Shake things up.  Work to make […]

2020-2021 Community Calendar

NOTE: You will need to set the month to August 2020 at the earliest to see 2020-2021 dates.

2020-21 Core Calendar

September 8th, 2020: First Day of School October 15th, 2020: Conference Day (Parents/Advisors); NO SCHOOL for students October 16th, 2020: Fall Break; NO SCHOOL November 3rd, Election Day; NO SCHOOL November 4th, Faculty Inservice; NO ENCOUNTER EXPERIENCE Student post-election discussion groups on Zoom in morning. Students free starting at lunch November 23rd – 27th, 2020: […]

Winter Open House – Sunday, Feb 16th

We have our Winter Open House coming up on Sunday, February 16th at 1pm! Learn how VCS challenges students daily with an 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 […]

Head of School Blog

From the Archive: Thoughts on Education at Vermont Commons School by Dr. Dexter Mahaffey, Head of School In his essay “A Good Scythe,” Wendell Berry writes about his preference for using the old-world tool over the now ubiquitous weed-eater.  While Berry objects to the combustion engine tool’s effect on our environment, his focus here is on […]

Classroom Renovation Completed! Come celebrate with us!

Out with the “Cave” and the “Maze,” in with enriched learning, enhanced arts, and homes for faculty and classes! Join us Friday, 8:30-9:30 a.m. for morning refreshments, socializing with parents, alums, alum parents, faculty, and friends, take a tour of the new classroom and learning spaces, learn about the incredible positive impact on the student […]

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.