Spaulding offers a number of honors and AP classes. Kids are encouraged to be active in clubs and or sports. There is ample opportunity for them to create or find a path. It is also co-located with the Technical Career Center preparing kids for work in the trades. If you look at where the graduating class heads each year, the list is impressive! Barre is a diverse community of white and blue collar families. It represents a hardworking community from all backgrounds. Sometimes that comes with a stigma, but it's real life.
I go to school at SHS and I find it to be a great school with an abundance of oppurtunities for each student. The class times are 80 minutes long this year, and will be 90 minutes long next year so everyone starts at the same time, instead of the chorus/band members who used to have to come in an hour before other students. I think this school has a great administration, who work at making each child strive to succeed. It also has a higher graduation rate than our rival school U-32. All in all, spaulding does have its flaws, but all in all i find this school to be one of the best in the Central Vermont area.
I am a recent graduate from the Information Technology course of Spaulding High School. If I were to pick something that Spaulding would be known for, is that it's broad range of courses and activities for students to select and thrive to succeed from. Spaulding could use some more help in terms of administration though.
SHS is definately a high-quality Vermont School. There is a lot to offer students, both in the classroom and in the world of extracurriculars. As a recent graduate (who was involved in many clubs including student government), I can say that students do need to be focused and driven to succeed. The tools are there but there can be many distractions to take studnets off course. I loved this school and always felt safe (which is very important in todays world).
I've been very pleased with Spaulding High School. I have two boys at the school, one in at the Freshman Acadmey, and it is wonderful. They are both thriving and very active. SHS offers plenty of support for students and parents if they just ask for it. Many options for students.