Accepted Students Day

Monday, April 1
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
RSVP by Monday, March 25 one of three ways
  1. Online
  2. Call 802.869.6229
  3. Email Admissions

Quick contacts

List of 13 members.

  • Mrs. Anne Atkins 

    Director of College Counseling
    (802) 869-6299
    University of Vermont - BA
  • Ms. Candy Chaples 

    Business Office, Accounts Administrator
    American Intercontinental University - BA
    University of Rockies - MA
  • Mr. Jonathan Edwards 

    Dean of Student Life
    (802) 869-6273
    Colby Sawyer - BS
    Columbia University, Teacher's College - MS
  • Mr. Brian Gilloran 

    Director of Residential Life & Community Service / Head Coach, Boys' Varsity Soccer
    (802) 869-6252
    St. Lawrence University - BA
  • Mr. Jeffrey Harrington 

    Director of IT
    (802) 869-6616
    Bowdoin College - BA
  • Ms. Caitlin Holton 

    Assistant to Dean of Students/ 10th Grade Class Dean
    (802) 869-6284
  • Ms. Karen Langston 

    Campus Store Manager
    (802) 869-6248
  • Ms. Robin Patch 

    Director of Health Services
    (802) 869-6210
    Connecticut College - BA
    Lesley College (University) - MA
    Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing - BS
  • Ms. Susan Schmitt 

    Dean of Teaching, Learning and Innovation
    (802) 869-6232
    Loyola College - BA
    Johns Hopkins University - MLA
    University of Baltimore - MA
    Northcentral University - CAGS
  • Ms. Skylar Snyder 

    Head Athletic Trainer
  • Mr. Alexei Sotskov 

    Director of Athletics/Sport-on-Snow Director
    (802) 869-6236
    St Petersburg, Institute of Physical Culture and Sport
  • Trine Syverinsen 

  • Mr. Russell Williams 

    Assistant Athletic Director / Equipment Manager
    (802) 869-6253

Welcome Wildcats!

Vermont Academy is a community where you will thrive.

Here, you will explore your passions, discover new talents, and connect with friends and mentors who will become like a second family. Our supportive community offers you a place to be yourself and become a confident, active learner. You belong here!
Accepted Students Day
Monday, April 1, 2019

8:30 - 9:25 Registration and Academic/Activities Fair (Gym)
(We recommend arriving as close to 8:30 as possible to give you time to attend the fair)

Students: 9:30 - 10:20
Shadow F Block Class – All Students

Parents: 9:30 - 10:20
Option 1: Student-Led Tour of Campus for Parents
Option 2: Shadow Class

Students: 10:25 - 11:15
Traditions of Vermont Academy and Getting to Know Your Future Classmates

Parents: 10:25 - 11:15
Head of School Address and Faculty Panel (Nita Choukas Theater)

11:20 - 12:05
Community Meeting (Nita Choukas Theater)

12:10 - 12:55
Lunch with VA Community (Shepardson Center)

Students: 1:00 - 1:50
Student-to-Student Panel (Wildcat Den) – B Block

Parents: 1:00 – 1:50
VA Parent & Faculty Reception (Great Room) - B Block

Meet our Students


List of 21 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. What is the dress code?

    General dress code guidelines
    • Hats may not be worn indoors, except in athletic buildings, the student lounge, and dormitory areas
    • Personal tastes and style are permitted in regard to hairstyles. However, outlandish, bizarre, or otherwise inappropriate hairstyles- as determined by the Dean of Student Life Office- are not permitted.

    Classroom dress
    • Dresses and skirts of appropriate length,
    • Blouses, dress shirts, collared shirts (polos, oxford, or flannel dress shirt), turtlenecks, sweaters, and ¼ zip collared sweatshirts, all tops must have appropriately modest necklines,
    • Dress pants, trousers/slacks, dress leggings, khakis, skorts, corduroys, and shorts of appropriate length,
    • Shoes, sneakers, hiking boots, and sandals, laced up or buckled
    • Well- groomed hair, clean-shaven, or with a full, trimmed beard/goatee/mustache
  • Q. How many seasons of sports do I have to play?

    • Vermont Academy expects students to participate at an acceptable level in a team or non-team activity in all three terms.
    • All new students must participate in a team activity during their first season on campus in their first year.
    • Students have three days in which to choose an activity at the beginning of each season.
    • Students may serve as team managers only one time each year. Team credit can be earned. Ninth graders may not manage a team.
  • Q. What happens on the weekends?

    In a word, plenty. In addition to our annual events like Winter Carnival and Casino Night, there are dances, concerts, theatrical productions, volleyball games and outdoor fires in our Nick Grout '03 Memorial Fire Pit. Off-campus activities can include hiking and camping trips, as well as athletic and cultural events, such as lacrosse games at Dartmouth College, or Blue Man Group in Boston. Trips to the mall and visits to Burlington can also be found on the weekend schedule. Most weekends include Saturday night at the movies and, during the winter, Sunday skiing and snowboarding at Stratton or Okemo mountains.
  • Q. What address do I use to receive mail?

    Mail is distributed by lunch hour Monday through Friday. Student mailboxes are located on the first floor of Fuller Hall. Packages are delivered to Shepardson Center.

    Correspondence to students should be addressed as follows:
    Name, Vermont Academy,
    P.O.Box 500/10 Long Walk,
    Saxtons River, VT 05154
  • Q. Do I need to have my own computer?

    Yes, students must bring their own wireless/mobile computers, connect to our network, and be prepared to use them in classes. At a minimum, they must have the ability to create documents and “Powerpoint-like” presentations.
  • Q. Is there a laundry service?

    E&R Laundry provides laundry and dry cleaning to Vermont Academy students for an additional fee. Information is available in the Dean of Student Life office. Otherwise, there are washers in dryers available for students to do their own laundry in their dorms.
  • Q. How to sign off campus?

    All boarding students must sign out to go beyond school boundaries (hiking, biking, trips to Bellows Falls with day students). Students may only sign out and sign in during the designated times with the faculty member on duty.
  • Q. When will I know my roommate?

    Students are assigned rooms and roommates in mid-August. The assignment process takes into account the personalities and interests of each student as well as the needs of the Academy.
  • Q. Can I change roommates?

    Usually, no room changes are made during the first few weeks of the school year. After that period, students may initiate the room-change process with the Dean of Residential Life.
  • Q. What can I have in my dorm room?

    Since the dorm room is literally the students’ “home away from home” the students are free to decorate their room as they wish provided satisfactory standards of taste and safety are maintained, and the room and the Academy furniture are not intrinsically altered. All decorations will be in good taste; No sexual language or images. No drug or alcohol related decorations. Wall hangings should be attached in the following manner:
    • Use tacks on plaster, sheetrock, carpeted or wallpapered walls. Do not use nails or adhesives
    • On wood veneer paneling, use only tape or appropriate adhesive. Do not use tacks or nails,
    • Computers, (monitors no larger than 32”) Play Stations and other gaming devices are allowed as long as they are used at appropriate times,
    • Electric razors, sound systems, and fans are permitted,
    • Small refrigerators are permitted (limit one per room) with an additional $50 charge (waived for proctors) for electricity
    • Students provide their own blankets, linens, bed quilts, pillows, curtains and rugs.
    • Footlockers and/or lock boxes are recommended for securing of valuables.
  • Q. What size is my bed?

    All beds are standard twins.
  • Q. Can we have food in the dorms?

    Yes, students are allowed to have nonperishable food items in their rooms.
  • Q. What isn't allowed in dorm rooms?

    Students should not:
    • Permanently attach shelves or other accessories to Academy property;
    • Mount pieces of furniture on top of each other
    • Remove Academy furniture from rooms without permission from the Director of Residential Life
    • Violate fire safety in room arrangement
    • Pets of any kind
  • Q. How do I order textbooks?

    Textbooks can be ordered online through the Vermont Academy School Store. Go to, under the order books tab select your classes and then place your order. All books will be shipped to Vermont Academy unless specified otherwise.
  • Q. When can I order food?

    • Afternoon: You may order after sports/activities period. Last order must be placed by 6:00 PM. Last delivery will be at 7:30 PM.
    • For night orders, you must place order prior to 9:30 PM. The last delivery will be made at 10:00 PM. We have an arrangement with the local restaurants. If delivery does not arrive before 10:30 pm, we will no longer accept delivery. If this happens, call the AOD. Students will be reimbursed if they used credit card information.
    • You may order after the academic day. Last order must be made by 9:30 PM. Last delivery will be at 10:30.
    • Day/Afternoon: Last order must be placed by 6:00 PM. Last delivery will be at 7:30 PM prior to study hall.
    • Night: All orders must be made by 9:00 PM for delivery after study hall hours. Last delivery will be made at 10:00 PM.
    You may order from Athens, Lola’s Pizzeria, or China Garden. Pick up deliveries at your dorm entryway. (NO DELIVERY PEOPLE ARE ALLOWED TO ENTER DORMS). Out of respect to the delivery person, please be prompt when picking up your food. Wait at the entryway.
  • Q. What are the best local accommodations?

    • Saxtons River Inn, 27 Main St, Saxtons River, VT 05154, (802) 869-2110 (less than 5 Minutes)
    • Harvest Barn Inn, 16 Webb Terrace, Bellows Falls, VT 05101, (802) 732-8254 (10 minutes)
    • Grafton Inn, 92 Main Street, Grafton, VT 05146, (802) 234-7818 (15 minutes)
  • Q. How does transportation work on long weekends/vacations?

    Transportation is coordinated through the Dean of Student Life office prior to long weekends/vacations to accommodate students travel plans. There are shuttles into Bellows Falls to the Amtrak Station, as well as shuttles to local airports by Thomas Transportation.
  • Q. How does the Student Bank work?

    The student bank is located in the School Store in the basement of Shepardson Center and is open Monday-Friday. Students must have adequate funds in their account to make a purchase at the School Store or withdrawal from the student bank. Vermont Academy allows students to withdraw up to $40 per week. A parent must approve withdrawals greater than $40. Parents may also set up restrictions for withdrawals.
  • Q. Who will be my child's immediate support system?

    • The student’s advisor is their advocate on campus. The advisor is a faculty member that the student meets with on a regular basis and with whom the student should feel most comfortable discussing issues.
    • At the beginning of the year, new students will have the opportunity to get to know their assigned advisor. After three weeks, these students will have the option to stay with the assigned advisor or choose another one after consulting their Class Deans.
  • Q. What happens if I get sick?

    During the class day:
    The student is expected to first obtain a pass from her/his teacher and/or report to the infirmary during a free period. If students are too sick to report to class or other commitments, they must immediately call Health Services or report immediately to the infirmary. Sick students Will remain in the infirmary where they can be monitored by nursing staff

    When Health Services is closed:
    Nursing staff is available 24 hours a day via the Health Services pager at (802) 741-2440. Students may be kept in the infirmary overnight if deemed necessary by nursing staff.
  • Q. Can I visit the doctor or dentist when I am at school?

    Vermont Academy expects that all routine medical, dental, and optical care will be handled during vacation or after classes in the case of day students. Should treatment for illness or injury occur while a student is away from school, parents, are asked to notify the nursing staff at (802) 869-6239 so that we can arrange for appropriate follow-up care.

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.