2021 Niche Best Schools

Key Stats

Total students: 200 from 20 states and 21 countries

Student/faculty ratio: 6:1

Average class size: 10 students

Boarding/day: 80 percent boarding, 20 percent day

Domestic/international: 75 percent domestic, 25 percent international

Driving times: 1.5 hours from Hartford, 2.5 hours from Boston, 4 hours from New York City

Why VA

List of 3 items.

  • Academics

    • Number of courses: 120
    • AP and honors courses: 24
    • Science courses: advanced physics, environmental science, advanced biology, biochemistry, and more
    • Foreign languages: French, Spanish, Latin
    • The Center for Learning: A center for learning support
    • Advising: 6-8 advisees per advisor, meets 2 times per week
  • Athletics and Outdoor Activities

    • 20+ sports at the Varsity, Junior Varsity, and 3rds levels
    • Five playing fields and two practice fields; basketball court; fitness center
    • Ice hockey rink
    • Skiing/snowboarding at Mount Snow Resort and their Carinthia Park
    • Fall Crew
    • Six tennis courts
    • On-campus ski hill; three ski jumps with snowmaking
    • Indoor and outdoor ropes courses; indoor climbing wall
    • 30 km of trails (for cross-country running and skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, and hiking)
    • Technical, single track mountain biking course
    • Equestrian program
    • Outdoor Programs (hiking, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, camping)
  • Studio and Performing Arts

    • Theater (3 productions per year, full theater curriculum, technical theater)
    • 350-seat performing arts center
    • Music (music theory, electronic music, recording, private lesson program, and vocal, jazz, and chamber ensembles)
    • Dance (ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, African, modern)
    • Dance studio with Harlequin hard-wood sprung floor
    • Studio art (painting, drawing, pottery, 3-D art, portfolio development, filmmaking, digital photography, black and white photography)

Education for Life - One Student at a Time

Vermont Academy is a coed college preparatory boarding and day school in southern Vermont, serving grades 9-12 plus a postgraduate year.