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Vermont Commons School

Private | 6-12 | 85 students

college preparatory academics, Research and Service, Encounter Weeks

 
 

Living in South Burlington

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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5 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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Posted April 30, 2014

Our son loves VCS! The level of learning at this school is amazing. The teachers are caring, innovative, engaging, challenging, flexible and intelligent. The level of commitment these teachers have is truly remarkable. Our child loves the fact that the classroom teaching style is non-traditional (and so do we!). We also enjoy the fact that VCS uses the environment as part of the students' learning experiences. The exposure to the various encounter weeks is icing on the cake for our son! Yes, the workload is demanding, but the love of learning that our child is able to nourish makes it all worth it. The faculty is very approachable and welcomes suggestions from students as well as parents. VCS is well worth looking into for your child!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

Vermont Commons has turned my son's life around. The intellectual stimulation and sense of community and dedication of administration and faculty have all been truly amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2010

My child has been at VCS for two years and we are very pleased with the decision to send her there. Small classes, great teachers, interesting field trips and they take the students on three Encounter Weeks each year to wonderful locations. My daughter is challenged, loves school and appreciates that her teachers really care about her work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2010

I value the leadership as forward thinking and the teachers are dedicated to each and every child at VCS. My son LOVES school and it is because of his teachers -- they create lessons that challenge and encourage him as a student!
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Posted July 7, 2010

As a member of the administration at Vermont Commons, and as one who worked in higher education for 20 years, prior to joining VCS, I feel fortunate to work in a community that is filled with such motivated and academically talented students. Combined with our dedicated teachers and small classes (average size of 12) and a rigorous curriculum, VCS is a great place for students who enjoy learning amidst other who enjoy challenge in the classroom.


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 92%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Hispanic 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Black 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Vermont
Colby College
Hampshire College
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
School psychologist
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Source: Provided by a school official.

Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Merit (2014)
  • Yes Magazine (2014)

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
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Clubs
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:20 am
School Leader's name
  • Dexter Mahaffey
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • ssoule@vermontcommons.org
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NIPSA
Fax number
  • (802) 865-2429

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Social justice
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
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
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • School psychologist
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Game club
  • Literary magazine
  • Math club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Recycling club
  • Robotics club
  • Science club
  • Special olympics
  • Yearbook
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
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
Yes.
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Vermont
Colby College
Hampshire College
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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75 Green Mountain Drive
South Burlington, VT 05403
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Phone: (802) 865-8084

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