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!.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked VT School
  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 30 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $61,500
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 7 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Rock Point School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Vermont for:

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Attribute
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Executive functioning support; study skills; tasks broken down into parts; repetition; tutoring; extra time, as needed.
Year Founded
1928
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
30 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
19%
State avg.: 10%
Students by Grade
Rock Point School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
6 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
50%
Average Class Size
7 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Day rate is $30,950.
Summer Program Cost
$9,950
Summer Program Cost Notes
Half Session is $5,600
% on Financial Aid
23%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$18,000
Acceptance Rate
75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Hillary Kramer
Admissions Associate
Laura Abrams

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
6 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
community, ultimate

Arts and Music Programs:
theater

Recreational Athletic Programs:
basketball, running, skiing

School Notes

  • 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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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Top Ranked VT School
  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 30 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $61,500
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 7 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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