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The Schoolhouse Learning Center

Private | PK-6 | 35 students

Schoolhouse programs nurture each child’s innate curiosity.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $230,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,280.

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Posted April 20, 2013

An excellent environment for children to develop self confidence, openness to diversity, values of self worth, community, and a tremendous academic education that is very personalized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2012

This school has been a really great experience for our son this year. Our family has very high standards about education, and we are blessed to have found this school. Kids have the freedom to express themselves here, and are not judged for any quirks they may have (and all kids have them!). There are all kinds of kids here, which I think is great because life is a mix of different people, and everyone is truly accepted with kindness. Bullying is absolutely not tolerated at all, and children are taught kindness daily. There is a rule "you can't say you can't play" which means that one child can't tell another "you can't play with us!" Everyone is encouraged to be friends across the grades, and mentoring is encouraged in activities like reading buddies. Our son is in the 3rd/4th class, and has a teacher whom "remarkable and talented" barely scrapes the surface of what this teacher represents daily to his students. We have his cell number, and he is ALWAYS available to talk with us about anything at all. He completely captivates his students, and is very dynamic. Families are always welcome at the school and in the classroom. It is truly a welcoming community for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2010

The Schoolhouse has been a wonderful place for my two children to learn to love learning. They are both quite engaged on a daily basis. As of Spring, 2010, we are about to change from a co-op (where there is a lot of parental responsibility) to a family-centered learning atmosphere (where parents can be as involved as they want but are not as obligated to be involved as past years). We love Schoolhouse and can't imagine any other place that would love and engage our children as much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2009

The Schoolhouse Learning Center has been an excellent school for my children. The overall curriculum is academically stimulating and engaging and encourages both creativity and hard work. The teachers are extremely talented and each brings her own special gifts to teaching and guiding children. The cooperative nature of the school and its small size gave me the chance stay intimately involved in my children's education and be part of a larger, hard-working community of parents and teachers dedicated to the future of the school and the welfare of each child. My children have loved being there, have made many friends, and will always feel a special bond with the teachers. I would recommend The Schoolhouse to any family seeking an alternative education for their elementarty school child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2009

My two children attend the Schoolhouse and are academically engaged and curious. They couldn't be more different, but the Schoolhouse meets their different social and academic needs amazingly well. I value that my kids not only are academically excited, but that they are learning to be members of a community and learning the importance of learning to live together will all kinds of people and all ages. I couldn't think of a better place for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2009

My child attended the Schoolhouse for a single year. She was unhappy. I saw her confidence diminish. Academically she went unchallenged, and the atmosphere for learning was chaotic, noisy and undisciplined. Bullying was near daily. Teachers were smug and unresponsive. The parental responsibilities were onerous. Parents were, in large part, a cliquish, gossipy and judgmental group.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2006

We have been very pleased with the academic and social experiences for our children at the Schoolhouse. The teachers integrate intensive academic study in a fun environment with personalized attention allowing each student to choose particular study topics within broader schoolwide themes. Each year there is a science display, school play, cultural display, and art display where students present to the community what they have learned in a variety of media. The school is run by a parent board, and expectations are that each family will actively participate in the functioning of the school, including a five week (1 hour/wk) course per parent during the year. The cooperative nature of the school is a great strength, but asks more of parents than a school where you simply drop off your kids each day. The small school size means all children get to know each other and play together.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 92%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 2%
Black 4% 2%
Two or more races 4% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Music teacher(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 2:45 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 5:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Liz Shayne
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 2 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually guided instruction
  • Multi-aged
  • Project-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Printmaking
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Teach "short courses"
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • The Schoolhouse Learning Center is an accredited elementary school and licensed childcare center that has provided quality programs for over 40 years. Schoolhouse programs nurture each child’s innate curiosity and encourage independence of mind and resourcefulness.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$8000 - $9000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
School-based aid
Act 62 for PreK

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
District Public Schools
Vermont Commons School
Lake Champlain Waldorf School
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8 Catkin Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403
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Phone: (802) 658-4164

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