St. Johnsbury Academy

St. Johnsbury, Vermont, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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St. Johnsbury combines the opportunities and resources of a large independent school with the personal attention and support of a small boarding school. The beautiful and safe village campus provides exceptional facilities. Students from 50 Vermont and New Hampshire communities, 25 countries, and as many U.S. states form a diverse and supportive community. The 220 courses (four levels) include Advanced Placement (21), fine and performing arts (40), languages (5), technology, engineering, and computer science (20). Extracurricular opportunities abound with 40 teams and 60 organized activities.

P.O. Box 906, 1000 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont, USA 05819

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Director of Admission: Mary Ann Gessner
Admissions Phone:802-751-2130Fax:802-748-5463
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $20
  • International Application Fee: $20
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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New Boarding Students at St. Johnsbury Academy

Posted on August 22, 2011
New boarding students, with returning Dorm Council students and student leaders and faculty and staff, journeyed by bus to Meredith, New Hampshire, for a special overnight at the Meredith Community Center, where they shared communal meals and participated in team-building games. Sleeping bags were s

New Publication Showcases Student Creativity

Posted on September 14, 2009
St. Johnsbury Academy will again showcase student creativity in the latest edition of the school’s creative writing and artwork journal, The Clear River Review.

  • Founded: 1842
  • Campus Size: 50 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-12th
Girls     109 339 448
Boys     147 330 477
Total     256 669 925

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $46,950
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $15,300
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 8.00%
  • Average Awarded: $20,216
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $0
  • Current Endowment: $16,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $0

Summary: Our diverse student body enjoys a curriculum of nearly 220 courses offered at four levels of difficulty, and an average class size of 12. Course offerings include 21 Advanced Placement courses, 15 comprehensive technology programs, more than 40 offerings in the visual and performing arts, four college level engineering courses, five languages, and four levels of ESL, including an excellent summer ESL program.

Department Director: Jeff Burroughs

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 115

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 77.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 9:1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 21

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
  • Center for Academic Improvement and Enrichment
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Learning Center
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Technology Center
  • Writing Center
  • The Colwell Center for Global Understanding at St.
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Public Speaking Yearbook Te chnical Communication
  • European History
  • Honors
  • Medieval History
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • Advanced Latin Prose
  • Philosophy
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Psychology
  • American History Through Film
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Genetics
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Forensics Digita l Electronics Engineer ing
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
  • Multivariable-Ca lculus Linear-Algebr a Precalculus
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Programming
  • A+ Certification N+ Certification JAVA Programming
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music Theory
  • Jazz-Band String -Ensemble Guitar
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Fashion Design
  • Film and Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Journalism
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Public Speaking
  • Publications
  • Sculpture
  • Woodworking
  • Intaglio Printmaking
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Internships
  • Leadership
  • Outdoor Education
  • Colwell Center for Global Understanding
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • European History
  • French Language
  • US Government & Politics
  • Music Theory
  • Physics B
  • Physics C
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
  • World History
  • Japanese Language

Summary: We believe that every student has the potential to do great things, and that each has unique gifts and talents – some of which have gone unrecognized and unused – and that by helping each student recognize and use these gifts, teachers can help all students achieve their own brands of excellence, transforming their own lives and the world around them.

Department Director: Beth Choiniere

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 10

Average Students Per Dorm: 23

No. of Girls Dorms: 5

No. of Boys Dorms: 5

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Formal

Student Life

Summary: St. Johnsbury Academy students quickly discover that they are learning and socializing in an incredibly diverse environment where respect, inquiry, and high Expectations are core values extending throughout school life, both inside and outside the classroom. For students, respect extends not only to classmates, but also to faculty, staff, school property, our campus learning environment, and the community at-large. The Academy firmly believes that invaluable lessons in character development can also be learned outside the classroom through the social interaction of students with peers from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, and interests. The Academy offers the opportunity to participate in more than 60 clubs and activities, ranging from purely recreational to community service-oriented, as well as more than 30 interscholastic sports and an all-seasons intramural program.


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor pool

Clubs and Organizations

  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Computer Club
  • Debate Club
  • Drama Club
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Future Bus. Leaders of Am.
  • International Clubs
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Quiz Bowl
  • Science Fiction Club
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Theater
  • Woodworking Club
  • Yearbook
  • Robotics Fashion Intramural Sports Skills USA

Arts Department Director: Roseanna Prevost

Athletics Department Director: Tom Conte

  • A Cappella Group
  • Art Club
  • Audiovisual Club
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Rock Band
  • Stage Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
  • Choir, Ceramics, Videography, Photography
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Cricket
  • Dance
  • Figure Skating
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hiking
  • Ice Hockey
  • Kayaking
  • Martial Arts
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Power Lifting
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skateboarding
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Lifting

Summary: Recognizing the importance of course selection and long range academic planning, the Guidance Department assumes an active role in the scheduling process by offering assistance to students, advisors, and parents. There is a direct relationship between a student's course sequence throughout high school and their post-secondary options. Course selection during the junior and senior years is especially critical. Traditionally, 90% or more of Academy students pursue some type of post-secondary education at the bachelor degree, associate degree or technical degree level.

Department Director: Sean Murphy

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 90.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Carnegie Mellon
Northeastern University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Middlebury College
George Washington
Boston College
Harvard University
Smith College
Brandeis University
St. John's University
Tufts University
Syracuse University
Wellesley College
University of Notre Dame
Dartmouth College
John Hopkins University
University of Michigan

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: The Academy hosts events during the summer. In the summer of 2010, the Academy hosted the 24th annual Advanced Placement Institute, ESL Summer Program and the New York City's School of Cinema & Performing Arts (SOCAPA) film camp.

AP Institute

July 10, 2011 to August 05, 2011

Celebrating its 26th year, SJA's Advanced Placement Institute has matured into the premier institute on the East Coast. The institute, welcoming secondary teachers from around the world, provides exceptional instruction for certification in teaching AP.

Registration Deadline: July 01, 2011
Financial Aid Available:  No
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ESL Summer Program

July 11, 2011 to August 17, 2011

The combination of six weeks of language instruction and living with an American family maximizes your exposture to the English-speaking world in a personal and friendly atmosphere. The beauty of the Northeast Kingdom of VT offers a wide variety of recreational activites.

Registration Deadline: July 01, 2011
Tuition: $5,600
Financial Aid Available:  No
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