East Burke School

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East Burke School Photo #1 - The world is our classroom! Looking out from Burke Mountain onto Willoughby Gap and the town of Burke below, we incorporate PE, local ecology, and social time into the same activity.
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East Burke School Photo #1 - The world is our classroom! Looking out from Burke Mountain onto Willoughby Gap and the town of Burke below, we incorporate PE, local ecology, and social time into the same activity.
East Burke School Photo #2 - Students read and discuss great works of literature side by side with teachers, and with our emotional support baby, Moira (don't worry, her parents are the heads of school).
East Burke School Photo #3 - One of the great things about taking a full day to hike is having time to stop and enjoy the view of the world around you. The Northeast Kingdom is beautiful, and EBS students and staff take full advantage of the natural world we inhabit here.
East Burke School Photo #4 - The height of learning: meet the entire graduating class of 2023--and the stack she made of all the books she read in her career at EBS. We spent four years giving Salem a hard time for being short, and she spent those years conquering a tall order of readings across all subjects.
East Burke School Photo #5 - Tools of the trade from our Financial Literacy class, where a roleplaying game allows students to explore decisions with money, housing, careers, and more.
East Burke School Photo #6 - Picking local apples and pressing them into our homemade cider is an annual tradition at EBS. Look for our bottled cider in stores throughout East Burke Village at the end of September!
East Burke School Photo #7 - No desks in rows here! We hold classes so that students can see, listen, and respond to each other. Today they made egg nog from scratch and brought it upstairs to read aloud from A Christmas Carol--everyone reads, and anyone who has read Dickens knows that this means everyone gets to struggle, mispronounce, and laugh together.
We are a resilience school.  We prepare our students to confront 21st-century challenges through critical literacy, creative thinking, and collaborative action.
We recognize that our youth will inherit a society in political, economic, and ecological crisis, and that facing these challenges will require bold and innovative action.
Emphasizing Vermont's democratic values of freedom and unity, we cultivate a spirit of overcoming adversity among our students. Together with families and local partners, we are raising the next generation of Vermonters to steward our land and communities for the sake of generations to come.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked VT School
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Enrollment: 12 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,266
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

East Burke School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Vermont for:

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Grades Offered
Grades 8-12

Student Body

Total Students
12 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
Students by Grade
East Burke School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
3 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
99%
Average Class Size
12 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Ready to go hiking, work in a garden, or start a campfire at any time.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition is fully paid by Vermont School Choice; no Vermont family needs to pay to attend.
Acceptance Rate
70%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Nathan Bradshaw

School Notes

  • East Burke School was founded in 2003 by a coalition of local educators seeking to serve a key need in the Northeast Kingdom: an institution of student-centered, progressive education at the high school level. Almost two decades later, our brave little school is still meeting that need.
  • In 2021, following a year of introspection and revitalization, the school re-examined and revised its mission, goals, and purpose. Recognizing that the most pressing needs of the 21st century all demand the strength of character and critical skills necessary to overcome challenges both known and unexpected, EBS has dedicated itself to becoming what we call a resilience school. This transition has marked a new direction in some ways, but in other ways it has served to fortify what the school has always stood for: independence, self-sufficiency, and lifelong learning.
  • The revitalized EBS mission and vision are as follows: We are a resilience school. We prepare our students to confront 21st-century challenges through critical literacy, creative thinking, and collaborative action.We recognize that our youth will inherit a society in political, economic, and ecological crisis, and that facing these challenges will require bold and innovative action.Emphasizing Vermont's democratic values of freedom and unity, we cultivate a spirit of overcoming adversity among our students.Together with families and community partners, we are raising the next generation of Vermonters to steward our land and communities for the sake of generations to come.
  • East Burke School is small, and intentionally so. With three faculty members and a maximum enrollment of eighteen, our students often comment that EBS feels rather like a family than like a school. This observation speaks to more than just our size; because we purposefully limit the number of students on campus, we are better able to treat learning as a natural process unfolding differently within each member of our community. By tending to the innate curiosity within each student, we foster joy and creativity in the natural learning process, promoting senses of identity, purpose, and responsibility as our students seek to define their place in the world.
  • At East Burke School, you will not find much that divides members of the community. We do not formally separate students by age, by grade, by academic prowess, or by other means that most schools employ. We differentiate our approach to each individual, which means we do not see a series of test scores or a list of proficiencies to fulfill, but the interests and needs unique to each student. In our classrooms, students collaborate with their peers at all levels, much as they will need to in their lives beyond high school. Whether they are still mastering the basics of a subject or have advanced to more rigorous and complex applications, all students learn and engage the same topics together. A student at age 18 has no more learned all there is to know about Mary Shelley, or trigonometry, or the Greek language, than has a student at 14-or, for that matter, than has a teacher at 40. By showing the depth and richness of knowledge available in our courses of study for learners at all levels, we show the benefits of practicing lifelong learning.
  • Our teachers, as learners-in-chief, do not go by titles. Students, teachers, and guests on campus alike call each other by first name; the respect we show for each other must be deeper than a formal title. Teachers have earned the respect of the students through wisdom, expertise, preparation, and experience. Our goal, ultimately, is to have students achieve those same degrees of qualification for themselves, rather than to bow and scrape to degrees on paper.
  • We are specifying here a lot of what our education is not, which we must do because of so many misguided approaches to education. Education must not be a battery of tests to pass, nor a series of boxes to check, nor a stack of books to ingest, nor a sentence of years to serve out for the state. Teachers and families come to East Burke School because we have seen too many schools follow one or another of these paths that misdirect education.
  • Here, however, we strive to remain true to the heart of education-a word and an ideal rooted in cultivating the youth of a community to full maturity-while seeking out new and pioneering ways to engage and inspire. We blend the timeless with the innovative, understanding the virtues and the limitations of each. In this way, we may honor and benefit from our heritage while we recognize the need and opportunity to grow beyond what has come before.We draw strength and inspiration from our pioneering ancestors who established the communities of the Northeast Kingdom; at the same time, we acknowledge that we must adapt and improve their methods to leave a more just, sustainable, and healthy Kingdom to those who come after us. For the wisdom and humility necessary to steward the land, we look to the native peoples who made their homes here for generations before those settlers arrived. We use computers and technology as tools of learning, rather than ends in themselves. We study classic literature and the full range of history precisely because we seek to understand our present culture and how its crises and struggles have developed. Our purpose in pursuing science and mathematics is not to play with the latest gadget or score highest on an assessment, but to apply these forms of knowledge for the benefit of ourselves and our community. We follow traditions without being chained by them, and we examine new ideas without rushing to follow passing trends.
  • As the man for whom our town is named observed,"People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors."
  • By learning what a community is, has been, and must be to endure,we raise students who will enrich and strengthen the community wherever they go. Our students will have the knowledge, the skills, and the character to leave a legacy of integrity, self-sufficiency, and good citizenship. If sending such young adults forth into the world is not the fundamental purpose of education, then we would ask, what kind of world will our schools create?
  • Learn more by visitinghttp://www.eastburkeschool.orgor by emailing us atinfo@eastburkeschool.org.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does East Burke School cost?
East Burke School's tuition is approximately $18,266 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of East Burke School?
The acceptance rate of East Burke School is 70%, which is lower than the national average of 81%. East Burke School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Vermont with low acceptance rates.
What is East Burke School's ranking?
East Burke School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Vermont for: Lowest average acceptance rates and Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees.
When is the application deadline for East Burke School?
The application deadline for East Burke School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked VT School
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Enrollment: 12 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $18,266
  • Acceptance rate: 70%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Vermont is $19,348 for elementary schools and $33,421 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Vermont is 81% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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