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9 Schoolhouse Rd
East Dover, VT 05341

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November 19, 2015
We recently moved to Dover and could not be happier with the education our 3 children are receiving. The Dover School is a small school but has all the aspects one envisions in a great school. The environment is warm and inviting and the academics are rigorous and challenging. The teachers are true professionals who are able to differentiate instruction and tailor the curriculum to meet the needs of each individual leaner. The school sing on Fridays is such a joy to attend as you watch the whole school, pre-k through 6th grade, singing and dancing to good old-fashioned folk songs. Each school day starts off with great excitement as Mr.Anton, the principal, greets every single child personally with a high-five and smile. In the few months we have been at the Dover School, we have noticed an environment that fosters a love of learning and a staff who finds great joy in educating young minds. We are so happy to be a part of this great community and one can sense the pride just upon entering the front door.

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November 19, 2015
Mrs. Baker, the kindergarten teacher is exceptional in every way. The children are so excited to learn and are so cared for throughout the day. She is compassionate, understanding and knows how to teach emerging reading/ writing skills as well as developing math concepts. She truly loves being an educator and does so with the utmost enthusiasm!

- submitted by a parent
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 29, 2015
We love the Dover School. My daughter is going into third grade and has had a great experience every year since she started in pre-K. The teachers do a good job of teaching to different learning styles and accelerating or slowing down the pace of the curriculum based on individual students’ needs. This is a school that believes in educating the whole student, meaning that music, art, physical education, and foreign language (in this case Spanish) are all part of the curriculum. Although the Dover School is small and rural, it is tech-savvy and has smart boards in every classroom, as well as a computer lab and Chrome books that every student uses starting in second grade. Another quality that sets the Dover School apart is its willingness to continue raising the bar, even when test scores and other student outcomes are already strong. Several years ago the school began the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate school. IB schools follow a very holistic, interdisciplinary approach to education that encourages life-long learning. Students are encouraged to be open, curious, and active in their own learning. The IB curriculum also emphasizes global citizenship and the importance of learning about other cultures and countries in an increasingly interconnected world. This approach has integrated well with the Common Core standards. I would encourage families who are thinking about moving to this area to visit the Dover School and see for themselves why this school community is so effective at building confident, well-rounded kids. As the school motto says, “Work hard. Be kind.”

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2014
What isn't there to say about this school... Tremendous teachers, nice facilities, great location, outdoorsy, and now placing students at both Twin Valley and Burr and Burton. What a great option for families. As a product of Dover Elementary, and now being very aware of how far ahead I was compared to kids out of other elementary schools, I can't even remotely think of anything negative to say. A great school!

- submitted by a community member

August 17, 2014
Our children have experienced some great schools throughout the US in their short school career, however we have found The Dover School to be exceptional. Their focus on the individual needs of the child allowed our kids to quickly acclimate to school after our move last fall. Mr. Anton, the principal is a genuine, kind, and inventive leader. The teachers are all extremely dedicated, always seeming to strike the perfect balance between supporting and challenging their students. We are so grateful to have found what we believe is the ideal school for our children.

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March 10, 2014
The caring, supportive and outgoing environment at Dover School brings out the best in its students. Dover School encourages students to exceed expectations in both their academic performance as well as their civic responsibility in being a member of the Dover community. This is an amazing school and you can sense that as soon as you step inside its doors.

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February 09, 2014
Our expectations were high and were exceeded! We had read the reviews, noted the exceptional test scores, did a site visit and spoke other parents. We found out quickly that all we had heard and seen was absolutely true.The Dover School is an exceptional place. The people at The Dover School from the principal, teachers, students, volunteers and parents were all so welcoming, kind and helpful.They made the transition for our son and our family so easy. The academics are rigorous but the kids all rise to the challenge with hard work, support from the staff and help from each other. Our son has made huge leaps forward and we are impressed every day by what he is learning and how much he enjoys it! Unfortunately, there is no way to get the "spirit" of The Dover School to show through in a written review. If you are considering a move to the area I highly recommend stopping in. Meet with the principal, Mr. Anton and take a tour. Come to School Sing on a Friday morning have coffee and desserts with other parents and see it for yourself.

- submitted by a parent

June 20, 2013
When you walk through the door you truly understand the reason why Dover School is rated second best small public school in Vermont. You are Always greeted with warm and caring consideration. My child has excelled at this school with teacher accommodation to her individualized learning curve. One thing the school does not have is a special education dept. When I asked how this could be, the principal told me that all of his teachers are highly trained in differentiated instruction and if the teacher can provide special educational needs in the classroom , then there is no need for a special educator. This school is small, quaint, and sincere in its strive for excellence. They have a great after school program, a new 5-week summer program, music, art, PE, health, technology and a school counselor on-site. They do not have a full time school nurse and that is my only criticism. Otherwise, Dover school is superior. The staff is high caliber, the students are kind to one another and the parents work together to host various events throughout the year. Dover School is a community school with an eye toward our children's future.

- submitted by a parent

April 21, 2013
Couldn't be better. The principal and teachers are highly respected by students and parents alike. A small country school with all the choices of a larger city school. During the winter one afternoon a week is devoted to the students going skiing or snowboarding at Mount Snow. Or if theyu choose other outdoor or indoor activities.

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March 12, 2013
The Dover School is one of a kind. The principal, Bill Anton, has created an environment where positive attitudes and flexibility are resulting in motivated students who enjoy going to school and learning. The teachers don't teach to standardized tests, but the test scores are the proof that his formula works. Technology is integrated into the classwork, making students more tech savvy while giving them the flexibility to work at their own pace on material customized to their interests. Our son attends Dover School and is a national snowboard competitor with an intense training schedule required during the winter. Not only did the Dover School work to accommodate his special needs, but his teacher (Michael Degnon) made sure to keep an eye on his ability to do the after hours work needed to keep pace with his peers throughout his competitive season. From the principal greeting all students with a smile and a cheer at the door each day to the unique tradition of Friday morning sing with students and their parents each week, The Dover School is one of a kind and treats each of their students as a one of a kind community asset worthy of the time investment.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2013
Dover Elementary School is a top notch school from the Principal to the teachers, including a great music program, to the staff and the BOE and parents as well. Everyone is doing their best to make sure the kids are doing well, now and into the future. Class sizes are small enough for the teachers to be able to recognize individual students talents and needs and give the kids a better education. Dover school played a large factor in our family moving to this community as well as the skiing which is part of the school program as well.

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March 11, 2013
I spent a good deal of time researching local schools in preparation for relocating to the area in August 2012 . It quickly became clear that The Dover School was the perfect spot for us. Our boys' teachers often surprise us with their creativity and flexibility in teaching style. Despite being a small school, the technology in the classroom is cutting-edge. The principal engages with each family--he even knew our infant daughter's age in weeks! It's also clear he allows the teachers the room to be innovative in the classroom. Overall, a great school with fantastic teachers and staff. There's no question that we made the right decision in choosing The Dover School for our children.

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2012
Our son was in the first pre-K class at Dover School and went through all 8 years with substantially the same group of children. You can imagine the ups and downs you either get along with those kids or you don't! The community is strong, the teachers are professional, the school board is committed heart and soul. He was nurtured and challenged and by the end of his time there he felt like he owned the place. Dover has no school above 6th grade and so sends its students to their choice of middle and high schools. It is the opinion of the kids we know that Dover kids are tops in all the public middle schools in the county b/c of the great preparation they get in 5-6th grade. Besides those things, the public is invited to school sing every Friday morning. The whole school and 30-40 visitors all fit in one room. We did that once or twice a month for six years. How can you beat that?

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October 18, 2011
Both my second grader and my pre-k child LOVE The Dover School. Dynamic highly skilled teachers, a wonderful caring staff and community - truly an amazing place to be for all ages and skill levels. The learning is phenomenal. The technology is cutting edge. We feel blessed to be a part of it all and watch our children thrive.

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September 30, 2011
Both my boys love school. The teachers challenge each child, and I love that my son has been able to receive enrichment opportunities in areas where he thrives. Small classes make learning personal and engaging. The principal is a wonderful role model, seeing the positive in each child. For a small school, the opportunities it provides and the successes it has experienced are impressive. I wouldn't want my child in any other school in the area! Keep it up Dover Elementary!

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June 18, 2010
We are extremely happy with Dover School. The teachers and staff are very hard working and caring. It is a nice friendly environment and my kids are really learning. They love school. The parents are very involved. Lots of teamwork.

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September 10, 2008
East school is a warm, caring environment where learning is successful! East school is a wonderful place for your child to grow and learn!

- submitted by a community member
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Dover Elementary School
9 Schoolhouse Rd, East Dover, VT  05341
(802) 464-5386
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Dover Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top