Summary: Rock Point School is a place where high school students come to change their lives. In our small, nurturing community, students form close relationships with staff and peers. These relationships help students develop strength of character, compassion, integrity, and resilience.
The personal, emotional and social well-being of every student is as important as his or her achievement in the classroom. In everyday life at Rock Point School, students explore their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Through work crews, study halls in the evening, and all kinds of fun activities, students learn to manage their time and find a healthy balance between work and play. Our activities in the dorm are geared toward art and culture, outdoor recreation, and community service. Throughout these areas, we teach students about the basics of self-care: getting enough exercise, getting enough rest, paying attention to nutrition, and having healthy ways to relax and de-stress.
The dorm staff love to share their passion for outdoor adventure and the arts, as well as just spending time with students. Every weekend there is a range of activities offered at school, in the amazing college town of Burlington, and throughout Vermont and upstate New York. These include skiing/snowboarding, hiking, biking, running in the Burlington marathon, playing on an Ultimate Frisbee team, cooking and baking, gardening, community service projects, watching sporting events, and attending art shows, poetry slams, music concerts, and plays. We also go backpacking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, whitewater rafting on the Hudson River, and explored Montreal.
We pursue travel education both far afield and close to home. Each year, usually during February vacation, we offer an international trip. During various years, we have traveled to Japan, Cambodia, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Nicaragua. Each trip has included cultural exchange and a service-learning component.