Rock Point School
Rock Point School Photo #2 - Students get to experience hands-on learning outside the classroom in our apiary, garden, and maple sugar house - just to name a few places!
Rock Point School Photo #3 - At Rock Point, we help students create healthy friendships and relationships with peers.
Rock Point School Photo #4 - In class, students work with supportive teachers to get the help they need to be successful.
Rock Point School Photo #5 - Our campus is located on Lake Champlain, giving us lots of opportunities to enjoy the water.
Rock Point School Photo #6 - Our graduates feel confident going into college or following their chosen career path.
Rock Point School Photo #7 - Burlington is only an hour (or less) from most ski resorts in the state, allowing us to take full advantage of the joys of winter in Vermont!
Rock Point School Photo #9 - Our Annual Art Show, includes Recycled Art, like this dress made from ventilation.
Rock Point School is a small and unique learning community.
We serve students from a variety of backgrounds who have struggled to find their place in more traditional schools.
We treat each of our students as individuals and are constantly helping them to identify ways in which they can be successful, both in the classroom and in interactions with their peers.
Our college-preparatory academics develop students for life after high school wherever it may take them and our residential program challenges and captivates student interest in new and exhilarating activities.
We are a community in every sense of the word where young people can find a place where they are valued, understood and where they belong.
The student experience at Rock Point School is based on relationships and one of our greatest assets is our dedicated educators.
The best way to understand the school is to meet the people who work and study here!.
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Executive functioning support; study skills; tasks broken down into parts; repetition; tutoring; extra time, as needed.
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Details
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 10%
Students by Grade
Academics and Faculty
Total Classroom Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Day rate is $30,950.
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Half Session is $5,600
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
National avg.: 85%
Total Sports Offered
Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Arts and Music Programs:
Recreational Athletic Programs:
basketball, running, skiing
Arts and Music Programs:
Recreational Athletic Programs:
basketball, running, skiing
- Academic Courses: Each year, Rock Point students take a class in each of our five core content areas: English, Math, History, Science, and Art. These classes generally meet for 45 minute periods once per day, all before lunch. Art and Science classes also have a 90-minute period once per week to work on longer-term projects in the studio and the lab. In the afternoon, students have one hour of supervised study hall when all teachers are available to continue to provide support and instruction. Three days per week, students have electives such as: photography, stained glass, creative writing, theater, and many more. Students often look forward to these electives classes as a chance to connect with their core classroom teacher and their peers in a more free-form and creative setting.
- Core Learning Skills: Some core learning skills are practiced primarily in the classroom, although they can be applied more broadly: writing, critical thinking, note-taking, test preparation, and test-taking. Other skills are practiced everywhere in our program, as we help students learn to manage their time, maintain healthy relationships, and develop essential character traits like compassion, creativity, and resilience. More and more current educational research is discovering that these are the skills that most reliably lead to success in any learning environment; at Rock Point School, we have been operating on that belief for decades.
- Tailored to the Individual: At Rock Point School, we are serious about considering the particular strengths and challenges of each individual student in every aspect of our program. All schools seek to do this, of course, but our small size allows us to be more flexible, responsive, and nuanced than larger institutions. While we believe that all students benefit from a learning environment where they are more fully known by their teachers, experience has shown us that certain students seem to need this more than others. For some, being truly known allows them to grow and change in ways they had never dreamed were possible.
- Life outside of class: The residential staff shares their love for outdoor adventure and the arts, as well as just spending time with students. Every weekend there is a range of activities offered at school, in the amazing college town of Burlington, and throughout Vermont, New England, and upstate New York. These include skiing/snowboarding, hiking, biking, cooking and baking, gardening, community service projects, watching sporting events, and attending art shows, poetry slams, music concerts, and plays. We also go backpacking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, whitewater rafting on the Hudson River, and regularly take camping trips around Vermont. Students even have the chance to run a "leg" in the Burlington Marathon.
- Trips: We pursue travel education both far afield and close to home. Students have opportunities to go on trips to Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, New Hampshire, New York, and Maine. Each year, usually during February vacation, we offer an international trip. In previous years, we have traveled to Japan, Cambodia, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Nicaragua. Each trip has included cultural exchange and, as often as possible, a service-learning component.
- Teaching Healthy Living: The personal, emotional and social wellbeing of every student is as important as his or her achievement in the classroom. In everyday life at Rock Point School, students explore their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Through work crews, study halls in the evening, and all kinds of fun activities, students learn to manage their time and find a healthy balance between work and play. Our activities in the dorm are geared toward art and culture, outdoor recreation, and community service. Throughout these areas, we teach students about the basics of self-care: getting enough exercise, getting enough rest, paying attention to nutrition, and having healthy ways to relax and de-stress.
- Summer Session: At Rock Point, we also offer a fun, exciting, supportive place for students to spend their summer. Whether they need to make up academic credit, or simply want to build organizational and social skills, and live in a structured setting, our summer session is a great option. The summer consists of outdoor adventures as well as classroom work that is inspired by nature, including reading, writing, research projects, and making art. We especially enjoy the way Burlington, Vermont comes alive in the summertime. And, just as in our regular-year program, the summer session emphasizes healthy relationships with staff, learning to be good members of a community, a range of fun activities, and a chance to build academic skills.
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