Vermont Private Schools

CHRISTIAN HERITAGE SCHOOL, Brattleboro, Vt.

This is a nondenominational, nonprofit kindergarten-to-grade-12 day school. There is a Christian curriculum and the school stresses the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic.

The school, which has 58 students, is in one large building. There are 11 staff members: a principal, four full-time and three part-time teachers that include music and physical education, as well as two full-time support staff and a full-time secretary-bookkeeper.

Tuition is $1,870 for kindergarten, $2,900 for grades 1 to 6, $3,145 for grades 7 and 8 and $3,575 for grades 9 to 12. There's a discount for a second child in a family. For information, 802-257-4147

 

COMPASS SCHOOL, Westminster, Vt.

September 2002 marked the fourth year for this school that has about 80 students in grades 7-12.

The school emphasizes active, hands-on learning within a supportive environment. The curriculum is designed to motivate students through integrated studies that expand thinking and knowledge.

Dedicated to developing democratic citizens and strong community members, the school provides opportunities for students, families and staff to participate in decision-making, goal-setting and leadership skills while learning respect for others.

The Compass School is a nonprofit community group. Tuition is $7,500 for middle school, and $7,750 for high school. The school has open houses scheduled for Jan. 13 and Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. For information, 802-463-2525 or www.compass-school.org

THE GRAMMAR SCHOOL, Putney, Vt.

This day school, preschool through grade 8, has 118 students and 19 teachers. The school is on a 60-acre campus in a rural location, which is used for environmental science, hiking, cross country skiing and orienteering programs. The school offers a challenging academic program including music, art and drama. Special attention is paid to computer literacy and foreign language. Children begin a nine-year French program in kindergarten.

Tuition is $4,650 for the preschool five-day program, $7,750 for kindergarten for full-day, $8,850 for grades 1-2, $9,425 for grades 3-5, $10,100 for grades 6-8. Financial assistance is available. School buses, which serve surrounding towns in Vermont and New Hampshire, cost $675. For information, 802-387-5364.
www.tgs-putney.org/

GREENWOOD SCHOOL, Putney, Vt.

This is a boarding school for boys with dyslexia and other learning disabilities. It's on 100 acres with a pond. www.greenwood.org

 

HILLTOP MONTESSORI SCHOOL, Brattleboro, Vt.

This 30-year-old Montessori school serves 135 students from Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. The school has mixed-age classrooms combining preschool and kindergarten, grades 1, 2 and 3, grades 4, 5 and 6, and grades 7 and 8. Class size ranges from 15 to 30.

The tuition for the 2002-2003 school year is $4,140 for morning preschool; 6,705 for preschool and kindergarten until 2:45 p.m.; $7,650 for grades 1, 2 and 3; $8,120 for grades 4, 5 and 6; and, $9,375 for grades 7 and 8. Child care is available for ages 3 through 4th grade until 5 p.m.

The school also offers before-and-after-school programs for students and has a summer camp. Tonia Wheeler is head of the school. For information, 802-257-0500 or hillltopmontessori.org

KURN HATTIN, Westminster, Vt.

Situated on 280 acres, New England Kurn Hattin Homes is a charitable, year-round residential school with more than 100 years of service to at-risk boys and girls, ages 6-14, from families affected by tragedy or social or economic hardship.

The school provides a traditional academic curriculum in multiaged ability groupings as well as individual and group counseling. Frequent contact between families and their children, including regular visits home, is maintained through the Family Outreach Program.

Admission is available year-round and is based on a child's potential to benefit from a structured and supportive residential and educational program. Thanks to the generous financial support of donors, admission does not depend upon a family's ability to pay. For information, 802-722-3336, extension 132 or www.kurnhattin.org

NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLHOUSE, Brattleboro, Vt.

This small, progressive school was founded in 1980 and provides its students with opportunities to take an active role in their education and to interact with children of all ages, through mixed-age classes and all-school programs. The school's seven teachers, three assistant teachers and two special subject teachers guide 69 students from preschool through grade 8.

The curriculum emphasizes creativity, exploration, problem solving and cooperative learning. A before-and-after-school program is offered.

Tuition varies from $1,980 for preschool to $8,076 for middle school. For information, 802-257-5544 or www.neighborhoodschoolhouse.com

THE PUTNEY SCHOOL, Putney, Vt.

This coeducational boarding and day school for grades 9-12 offers a traditional college preparatory curriculum and seeks to instill in its students the value of physical work, outdoor activity, environmental stewardship and responsible citizenship. Seminar-style classes are small, with a 10-to-1 student-teacher ratio. Each student participates in a comprehensive arts program. The music program offers ensemble playing, orchestra, chorus, madrigals, jazz ensemble and a weekly all-school sing.

The 500-acre hilltop campus has organic vegetable gardens, a sugar house and a dairy barn, where much of the school's food is produced with student help. The campus also includes 40 kilometers of cross country ski trails and a riding ring. Among the school's recreational sports are hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and mountain biking.

Students serve on the board of trustees and participate in other aspects of school governance. The school has 217 students from several countries and states. Tuition is $16,800 for day students and $27,850 for boarders. Roughly 40 percent of students receive financial aid. For information, (802) 387-6219, admission@putney.com, or www.putneyschool.org

ST. MICHAELS SCHOOL, Brattleboro, Vt.

This prekindergarten through 8th-grade Catholic school provides an academic program combining traditional and contemporary teaching methods. The school also provides students with a background in morals and self-discipline.

There are 260 students enrolled in the school, which has 14 full-time teachers, five part-time teachers and five full-time teacher aides.

Parents are encouraged to participate in their child's education and are required to participate in school fund-raising activities and in at least one of the school's activity committees.

Tuition for parishioners is $2,775, $2,075 for nonparishioners, and $3,175 for children of other denominations. For information, (802) 254-5666 or stmikesb@adelphia.net. www.saintmichaelschool.net

VERMONT ACADEMY, Saxtons River, Vt.

Founded in 1876, Vermont Academy is a small, coed college preparatory boarding and day school. It has 260 students in grades 9-12 and a postgraduate year, who are taught by 50 faculty members.

Students learn the skills for oral and written expression, critical thinking and analysis, and the cultivation of good instincts -- intellectual, athletic, creative and social.

The academy emphasizes character development as well as academic preparation. Course offerings include an honors curriculum for English and history, advanced level classes for math, science, foreign languages and art and advanced placement test preparation for all courses offered.

The school offers a state-of-the-art computer lab, 18 sports for all skill levels including skiing, snowboarding, rock climbing, and mountain biking, outdoor education, a natural resources management program, Winter Sports park, and a creative arts program of art, music, dance, photography, silversmithing, and theater classes. Average class size is 11 with a 7-to-1 student-teacher ratio.

Tuition and board are $30,900; day student tuition is $18,500. For information, call William J. Newman, director of admissions, (800) 560-1876 or www.vermontacademy.org