Vermont Day School

Vermont Day School is an independent PreK-8th Grade school in Shelburne, Vermont.
The school offers exceptional instruction in core academics, along with a project-based approach to learning that fosters critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and collaboration.
STEM, global studies, literacy, art, music, Spanish and PE are integral components of the curriculum.
Individual learning goals, along with small classes led by experienced teachers, ensure that each child is well supported and appropriately challenged.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked VT School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 73 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,900
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 1 / rolling

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
73 students
Student Body Type
Students by Grade
Vermont Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
10 students
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Mar. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Financial Aid is available for k-8 Act 166 funding available for Pre-K
Admissions Director
Libby Macdonald


Total Sports Offered
3 sports


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
5 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Chess Club, First Lego League Robotics Team, Newspaper Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Enrichment Programs

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Girls on the Run

School Notes

Our mission is to foster the skills, knowledge, personal attributes and work habits that enable children to thrive effectively, meaningfully and joyously in the world of today and tomorrow.
  • Education should be vibrant, stimulating, relevant and meaningful.
  • Innate curiosity, creativity and passion for learning are life-long qualities to foster.
  • Respect for diversity and individual differences is the foundation of a healthy community of learners.
  • Patience and tolerance, kindness and gratitude, are important attributes to cultivate.
  • Innovative approaches to learning should be encouraged and celebrated; there is not just one right way.
  • Effective communication skills in speaking and writing are essential competencies.
  • Learning is not only about memorizing information; it`s about knowing what to do with it.
  • A strong foundation in math, science and digital learning is paramount for success in school and beyond.
  • Collaboration with peersat the table, in the community and across the globepromotes communication, open-mindedness and flexibility.
  • Work habits of persistence, initiative, adaptability and self-reflection contribute to effective learning.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
We have two sons who have attended Vermont Day School, and we can't say enough about the dynamic curriculum, experienced faculty, and the loving energy of this special place. Our youngest child was sinking in the third grade at public school. His dyslexia went undiagnosed and his self esteem was truly suffering. Within weeks of moving him to VDS the light in his eyes returned. He received the support he needed, and the teachers were able to individualize the curriculum to meet him where he was, which in some areas was well below grade level. With additional support, both at school and with a specialist, by the end of third grade we were seeing a confident, capable learner who felt good about himself. He looked forward to going to school, and he was challenged and held in the way any parent would want for their child. Seeing such a rapid transition with your youngest child, we opted to send our eldest son to VDS for middle school (6th, 7th and 8th grade.) Again, we were impressed by the energy and light that surrounded his enthusiasm for learning. He no longer said things like "I hate school", which was heartbreaking to hear on a weekly, almost daily basis at his former school. He is now heading into his freshman year this fall with stellar math and writing skills. He is a critical thinker and can self advocate. He is well prepared both academically and socially for the challenges high school will bring. We feel all children should have access to such a fabulous, engaging education, and are blessed to be part of the VDS community.
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We have two girls (grades 4 and 6) who attend VDS. After moving to Vermont from Massachusetts in 2019, we were searching for a curriculum that incorporated today's important subjects and ignited our children's curiosity about the world. We were very happy to find Vermont Day School and grateful that this type of environment is available to our girls.
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Vermont Day School is a dream school with a dream faculty. My two children couldn't be more different and yet the school is able to bring out the joy of learning in each of them. They are engaged, challenged, and most of all they LOVE school!
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked VT School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Students: 73 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $13,900
  • Average class size: 10 students
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 1 / rolling

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