With the lowest student-to-teacher ratio in the nation, Vermont prides itself on its education system.
On average, Vermont students are consistently among the highest performing in the country. Education Week’s Quality Counts 2017 report placed Vermont third overall in the U.S.
Vermont has also largely avoided the widespread test-focused instruction that characterizes public and charter schools in other states, by refusing to evaluate individual teachers based on test scores (one of only four states to do so). Instead, our schools develop broad learning locally, by drawing on Vermont’s unique artistic, outdoor, agricultural, literary and intellectual assets.
Many things set our schools apart, including that it’s common for public school lunches to include local meats, vegetables and cheeses; some schools have weekly ski and snowboard programs; and Vermont’s ‘Flexible Pathways’ personalized learning requires students to be involved in charting their own educational course.
Pre-K is available to every student in Vermont.
Vermont is the first state to provide 10 hours per week of publicly funded prekindergarten programs to all 3- to 5-year-olds who have not enrolled in kindergarten. We want to prepare our children to learn so they can thrive and succeed. Vermont’s constitution puts the equity and safety and well-being of every child front and center, regardless of family wealth, race, national origin, religion or gender identity.
High school students in Vermont may apply to attend any other public high school in the state.
Participation depends on school capacity and may rely on a lottery system, but typically, our schools are able to accommodate student preferences. In rural school districts, families may send their students to another public school or an approved independent school for the grades not operated in the district.