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  • Q. Winter Open House // December 14, 2019

    9:00 – 9:30 a.m. - Registration (Horowitz)
    9:30 – 9:35 a.m. - Kickstart of Open House (Horowitz)
    9:40 – 10:30 a.m. - Campus Tour 
    10:35 – 11:25 a.m. - Shadow a Class 
    11:30 – 12:15 p.m. - Lunch with VA Community (Shepardson Student Center)
    12:20 – 1:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions – Rotate Every 20 minutes
    1. Academics/LSK – Lorna Schilling and Christy Catsos
    2. The Arts – Lisa McNealus and Steve Cady
    3. Deans Office/Residential Life – Dave Hodgson, Brian Gilloran, Caitlin Holton
    4. Afternoon Activities/Athletics – Activity Leaders/Coaches
    1:45 – 2:10 p.m. - Financial Aid Workshop (Optional)
    1:30 – 3:45 p.m. - Interviews (by appointment)

    We invite you to come support the wildcats at this home game:
    2:00 p.m. – Varsity Girls Basketball vs. Stoneleigh-Burnham School
  • Q. How do I get invited to preseason? / Am I invited to preseason?

    Preseason is for athletes who intend to try out for a varsity team. If you have selected soccer, mountain biking, or cross-country running on your Athletics/Activities sign up form, you can communicate with your coach through mid-July to find out if it would be appropriate for you to attend. Coaches will need to determine who will be attending by mid-July. 

    Please direct questions regarding preseason to the team’s head coach or Director of Athletics, Alexei Sotskov,
  • Q. What is the opening of school schedule?

    The opening of school schedule will be published in mid-August. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Dean of Residential Life Brian Gilloran at
  • Q. What about technology--laptop, printer, etc?

    Vermont Academy is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) school. IT supports mainly Windows-based and Mac-based computers. The IT team often supports Lenovo and HP laptops in the S800+ range, Macbook Airs, and Macbook Pros. They recommend purchasing accidental damage coverage or adding the device to your home insurance in case of damage over the course of the school year. Purchasing Microsoft Office and some kind of malware/virus protection is also highly recommended. During orientation, the IT Department will meet with each student in order to set up their computer with the Vermont Academy network, including access to student email and wireless installation of the school’s printers. Most students do not bring their own printer, as there are printing stations in each academic building on campus. For questions regarding technology on campus, please contact Director of IT Jeff Harrington at
  • Q. When will I know about my advisor, dorm, roommate etc.?

    You’ll receive these details when you arrive on campus. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Dean of Residential Life Brian Gilloran at
  • Q. Where do I buy my textbooks?

    We have arranged for families to purchase textbooks and other assigned reading online through the school’s textbook provider, Follett Virtual Bookstores. Once you receive your schedule in late July/early August, you may place your order and have your books delivered either to your home or to Vermont Academy. Any questions or concerns should be directed to School Store Manager Karen Langston at (802) 869-6248 or
  • Q. What about cell phone use on campus?

    Cell phones are permitted on campus; however, we expect that phones will not be used in academic buildings during the class day, on Long Walk, or in the dining hall. The most reliable cell phone reception on campus is with Verizon and U.S. Cellular. Please note that some service providers, such as T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint, have limited reception on our campus. Phones with WiFi Calling are very helpful to have on campus.
  • Q. What should students pack? What furniture is provided?

    Student leaders have compiled a comprehensive packing list for new boarding students and day students. The boarding student list includes a general description of what is standard in each dorm room. Please note that some things may vary between dorms.
  • Q. Where do students shop upon arrival to campus?

    Keene, New Hampshire, is about 30 minutes from campus and has the big box stores that are helpful when getting settled into a dorm room. Stores include Target, Wal-Mart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Dicks Sporting Goods, and TJMaxx. The Holyoke Mall is about 60 minutes from campus. There will be several weekend trips to the mall during the early weeks of school. The campus store is also well stocked with basic dorm items and school supplies.
  • Q. Can the school arrange transportation from airports?

    Yes, we can arrange for a car service from an area airport through Thomas Transportation at an additional cost to the student. If you need the school to arrange transportation, domestic students, please contact Dean of Residential Life Brian Gilloran, International students should contact our Global Programs Director.

    The closest airports to Vermont Academy are:
    • Bradley International BDL (Hartford, CT) – 1 hr 45 min drive from campus
    • Manchester International MHT (Manchester, NH) – 1 hr 45 min drive from campus
    • Logan International BOS (Boston, MA) – 2 hr 15 min drive from campus
    • New York City airports JFK, LGA – 4 hr 15 min drive from campus
  • Q. Will I need my own sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels?

    You will need to bring your own bedding (including a warm blanket or comforter) and towels. Beds are extra-long twin size (84”). The school will arrange shopping trips to stores such as Target, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and Wal-Mart during orientation days, in case a student wishes to purchase additional items for their room. Transportation for these trips is provided by the school at no charge to students.
  • Q. How do I do my laundry?

    Each dorm contains free washing machines and dryers. Laundry detergent may be purchased in the Vermont Academy bookstore or locally. Students also have the option of paying for linen and laundry services through E&R Laundry Service. Students may sign up for either or both of these laundry services on Move-In/Registration Day.
  • Q. May I ship my belongings to school before I arrive?

    During the first weeks of school, there are several shopping trips should students need to purchase bedding, lamps, athletic gear, etc. If necessary, however, students may ship items to themselves at school. Please DO NOT send items prior to Friday, August 10. You can send items to:

    Student’s Name
    c/o Vermont Academy
    10 Long Walk
    Saxtons River, VT 05154

Registration Forms and Information

We’re excited to welcome you to campus for another fun-filled year at Vermont Academy. In between summer activities and shopping for the start of school, please remember there are several forms that must be completed prior to Registration. If you have any questions, please contact Dave Hodgson in our Admissions Office at (802) 869-6229 or

Health Forms


*All enrolled students are required to provide annual health information including documentation of a yearly physical examination and biannual ImPACT testing (see information below.)*

We are very excited to announce that beginning this summer all student medical information is being collected using an online database called Magnus Health SMR (Student Medical Record.) This web-based system allows you continuous access to your student's healthrecord as well as the ability to make updates when needed. The Magnus portal will be open 6/17/19.

Timely submission of health information and other forms is vital for preparations to be made prior to the first day of school. You will receive weekly reminders as long as there are outstanding items in your account. Please reserve 20 to 30 minutes per child, depending on particular circumstances. The good news is that you will not have to repeat this work next year: the data is securely stored, so going forward you will simply provide updates to the record as needed. Enter all required health information within your Magnus Health SMR account for each child attending Vermont Academy no later than July 30, 2019.

To access your Magnus Health SMR Account:
Please login to MySchoolApp to view the Resource Tab. Once there, click on the button titled “Magnus Health Portal.”

ImPACT cognitive baseline testing must take place outside of the Magnus portal. Click on the link below for information and instructions for completion of ImPACT testing.

ImPACT Testing Requirements

We hope you will be patient with us during this important transition. Contact us at or leave a message at 802-869-6239 if you have any questions.