The steeper the climb, the sharper our focus.
Today’s students are growing up during a time of significant unrest and uncertainty, facing challenges that some of us would find insurmountable.
At the same time, we recognize how Vermont Academy students answer the call to overcome, to climb, to pursue their dreams with an irrepressible sense of determination.
This is the Vermont Academy Way. This is what our world needs — right now. And right now, We Ascend Together.
A Vermont Academy education has never been more relevant than it is today. The demand for innovative thinkers has never been greater. Solving the big problems our world faces has never been more urgent. Our students know they can spark real change — by blazing a trail of individualized learning, Wildcats discover personal purpose, learn through doing and create visible impact.
Here, for 150 years among Vermont’s trails and mountains, rivers and landscapes, we have instilled in independent-spirited students how to be the authors of their own education, for life. As we ascend toward our future together, we look to become the pre-eminent New England small college-preparatory school that successfully traversed the difficult obstacles of today and rose above, better prepared for tomorrow.
We stand at a pivotal moment in educational history. We are experiencing a paradigm shift in thinking about how students should work and learn — coupled with a global pandemic. The Vermont Academy Way of teaching and learning is more suited to this educational moment than ever before with an emphasis on practical experience and self-direction. The economic fallout from the global pandemic has caused significant stress on our students, their families, and, as a result, the School.
Our determination to secure our vision is unwavering. Preparations were underway for a $25 million campaign in support of the School’s strategic plan and creating a set of actionable beliefs about learning that would distinguish Vermont Academy as a leader in the modern marketplace.
To fortify this mission while leading our students on their educational journey in the safest and most accessible space, we need your support — and flexibility — with gifts today.
Your unbounded support will ensure our students move forward in an unmatched learning environment. We will begin building our future together with a two-year, $8 million campaign: