Student Life

Outside the Classroom

At Vermont Academy there are so many opportunities for students to express their interests, find their passions, and expand their skills by becoming leaders on campus. Students may also start new clubs---we're a community with varied interests and talents. It's one of the things that make Vermont Academy a fun place to be.

Community Service

Through community service, Vermont Academy students learn lessons beyond the classroom, they find meaningful ways to connect to the larger community, and develop skills and attitudes of responsible citizens. Service is an integral part of the Vermont Academy experience that we embrace with traditions like Earth Day, the Kurn Hattin Holiday Celebration, and more. 

Students are required to complete a certain number of hours of service per year, although many students exceed the required number of hours. We promote many on and off-campus opportunities and encourage students and faculty to participate.
 

Clubs

Each student has the opportunity to start and/or lead an extracurricular club. Many clubs have become staples at Vermont Academy with others being added in recent years. Some clubs utilize the Clubs and Activities period in our weekly schedule and others meet during an independently scheduled time throughout the year. 

Student-led clubs include ….
• Bread Club • Robotics Club • National Honor Society
• Pie Club • Writing Center Tutors • International Resource Center
• Math Tutors • Cheese Club • Sustainability Club
• Yearbook • Board Game Club • Admissions Tour Guides
• Art Club • Language Tutors • PawPrint (literary magazine)

Leadership Opportunites

List of 4 items.

  • Vermont Academy Student Association

    Vermont Academy Student Association (VASA) is a group of student government leaders who meet to discuss overall matters of importance to the school-wide community. The group focuses on providing leadership for fundraising, activities, and discussions related to campus-wide issues. 

    VASA meets weekly to provide updates on both long term and short term goals, usually the meetings last between thirty and forty-five minutes. VASA works in conjunction with the Dean of Student Life in order to promote campus activities and achieve school-wide goals.
  • Orange Key Society

    The Orange Key Society is made up of a select group of students who represent Vermont Academy in welcoming campus visitors. This can be seen through tours to prospective families, hosting our alumni and welcoming honored guests. Outstanding citizenship, academic achievements, ability to consistently communicate professionally and a willingness to lead and serve in extracurricular areas are the basis for selection. 

    Each spring students can apply for entrance, one prerequisite for inductees into the Orange Key Society is proven service to the school as a tour guide for Admissions.
  • Student Leaders

    Proctors (Student Leaders) most important responsibility is to be a positive role model in all aspects of school life. In the dorm, they act as a liaison between students and dorm parents and assist younger/new students with the transition to boarding school life. Proctors serve the community during Orientation, dorm meetings, winter carnival, and other dorm-related events. They are expected to uphold the Vermont Academy Honor Code and Core Beliefs.
  • Standards Committee

    The Standards Committee is responsible for assessing violations to major school rules, and for recommending responses and/or consequences. The committee is made up of a group of faculty as well as student representatives, who show a deep understanding of the Vermont Academy Honor Code and major school expectations. 

    Students must apply in the Spring in order to be selected to serve on the committee for the following year. All Standards Committee members are expected to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
“I love that VA has so many options. VA allows me to be a musician, an artist, an athlete, and a scholar. It is amazing the opportunities that are presented.” - Alex '20