Vermont Academy

Saxtons River, Vermont, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

Request Catalog

Vermont Academy offers a college-preparatory curriculum structured for the development of confident and independent learners. Students discover their talents, and develop skills for problem solving, critical thinking and analysis, and the cultivation of good instincts. Offerings include advanced level classes; wireless Internet access; learning skills program; 18 sports; outdoor education; and creative arts (art, music, theater, and dance). Small classes and the personal attention of our dedicated teachers put each student in the front row.

10 Long Walk, Saxtons River, Vermont, USA 05154

Request Catalog

Director of Admission: Andrew Millikin
Admissions Phone:802-869-6229Fax:802-869-6242
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
  • FaceBook Twitter YouTube

school events

There are no events for this school

school news

There is no news for this school

  • Founded: 1876
  • Campus Size: 450 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC, AISNE
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-post-grad
Girls     59 31 90
Boys     113 31 144
Total     172 62 234

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $48,275
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $26,750
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 42.00%
  • Average Awarded: $23,691

Summary: Vermont Academy's Mission Statement challenges us to develop "confident and independent learners." Our goal is to provide an academic program which inspires students to meet this challenge.

Department Director: Fanning Hearon

Average Class Size: 11

Full Time Teachers: 27

Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1

Saturday Classes: Yes

Number of AP Courses Offered: 8

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
  • Semester in Spain
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Center
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • Public Speaking
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Government
Foreign Languages:
  • French
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Latin
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Race & Ethnicity
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Kinesiology; Robotics
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Finance Mathematics
Computer Studies:
  • Multimedia
  • Choral Music
  • Composition
  • Electronic Music
  • History of Jazz
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music Appreciation
  • Music Theory
  • Voice
  • Vocal, Jazz and Chamber Ensembles
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Acting
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ballet
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Directing
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Fashion Design
  • Film and Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Lighting Design
  • Metal
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Portfolio
  • Pottery
  • Public Speaking
  • Publications
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Independent Study
  • Outdoor Education
  • Study Abroad:
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • English Literature
  • Environmental Science
  • French Language
  • Physics B
  • Spanish Language
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • AP Mechanics C-Level

Summary: Vermont Academy creates the perfect setting to live and learn, because 85 percent of the faculty live on or near campus. Our dedicated instructors wear many hats, from teacher and coach, to dorm parent, advisor, and ultimately, mentor. Learning takes place in and out of the classroom, and these are lessons of life.

Department Director: Kyle Nelligan

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 9

Average Students Per Dorm: 20

No. of Girls Dorms: 4

No. of Boys Dorms: 5

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 
Student cafe 

Dress Code: Other

Student Life

Summary: Since Vermont Academy is primarily a boarding school, the residential life program is an integral part of our students’ lives. Living with peers, as well as teachers, on a daily basis, strengthens the relationships within our community. Our twelve residences range in size from small houses that accommodate as few as five students to larger halls housing as many as 60 students. Whether you live in a small dorm or large, all of them offer a safe and comfortable “home-away-from-home” atmosphere that encourages respect, personal responsibility, cooperation and teamwork. Apartments adjoining each hallway house faculty and their families. Our student proctors, who are elected student leaders, help to maintain a healthy and productive living situation and act as liaisons between the faculty living and working in the dorm and the students. Each dorm comes together as a group on a regular basis to discuss and focus on social issues, healthy lifestyles and effective decision making. The Dean of Students oversees the residential program, and works closely with all proctors, dorm parents, class deans, the student activities director, and Health and Counseling Services. Together, they seek to support a healthy and rich dorm life for boarding students, helping their experience to be comfortable and as family-style as possible.


  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Sand volleyball court(s)
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor climbing wall

Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Honor Council
  • Horseback Riding
  • Literary Magazine
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Snowboarding
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Theater
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • Gay Straight Alliance

Summary: At Vermont Academy we believe that every student, regardless of ability or experience, should have the opportunity to participate in competitive sports. Our athletic programs focus on teamwork and sportsmanship, self-discipline, physical fitness, and fun.

Arts Department Director: Lisa McNealus

Athletics Department Director: Mike Atkins

  • A Cappella Group
  • Art Club
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
  • Ballet
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Golf
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nordic Ski Racing
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Free Style Skiing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rock Climbing
  • Skateboarding
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboarding
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Weight Lifting

Summary: At Vermont Academy we enjoy helping our students tap their potential as scholars, athletes, artists, and humanists, and are committed to helping them communicate their strengths, passions, and ideas. We strive to help our students find the colleges that match their abilities and interests and where they can be successful. From the moment they join our close-knit community we work closely with our students to determine the right balance of academic challenge and extracurricular activity to serve them well on the road ahead.

Department Director: Ann Atkins

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 98.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Pennsylvania State University 4 graduates
Middlebury College 2 graduates
Lake Forest College 7 graduates
Williams College 1 graduates
U. of Vermont 16 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading 0 0
Mathematics 0 0
Writing 0 0

Notable Alumni

Will Curtis (Class of 1938) Author, Naturalist

Lee Stanley (Class of 1961) Film Producer

Joe Perry (Class of 1969) Aerosmith Guitarist

Jim MacLaren (Class of 1981) 2005 ESPY Award Winner

Quotes from Alumni

"I knew I wanted to go to college, just not where. Vermont allowed me another year to improve my SAT scores and decide which college was the best fit for me. The college counseling program was an indispensable help during my college search and application process. In my conflict resolution class we

-Scott Buckley, Class of 2002,


"Coming to VA was the best thing for me. It opened a lot of doors and opened my eyes to what is possible."

-Kevin Bernard, Class of 1976,