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Founded in 1829

urr and Burton Academ

An Independent High School With a Public Mission

Burr and Burton Academy’s mission is to educate its students intellectually and morally for a life of responsibility, integrity, and service.


1829 Burr Seminary is incorporated by an act of the Vermont State Legislature.

1849

Women admitted to classes for the first time.

1860

The Trustees change the name to Burr and Burton Seminary in honor of benefactor Josiah Burton.

1913

The gymnasium is built with the support of the alumni.

1965

The new classroom wing is added to Seminary Building, a gift from Sarah Given Larson.

1977

New gymnasium dedicated as the E.H. Henry Physical Education Center.

1992

The original gymnasium is converted into the Riley Center for the Arts.

1998

The Smith Center for Science and Communications opens with state-of-the-art information technology and science laboratories.

2005

Rowland Center opens with art studios, cafeteria and classrooms. New entrance to the E.H. Henry Physical Education Center added.

2009

Sports teams win a record ten state championships; 90 percent of graduates go on to college.

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Dear Families, If you are reading this letter, you are taking a look at the future. As you will see in the pages of this book, Burr and Burton Academy is a school where students can explore a World of Opportunities. We take seriously our mission to educate students intellectually and morally for a life of responsibility, integrity and service, and, through our vast array of offerings, we ensure that each student can find a place to shine in this community. Our philosophy is simple: hire the best teachers, provide superb facilities, nurture a culture that values achievement in all its forms, celebrate the many accomplishments of our students, and strive for excellence in everything we do. We take a broad view of education and recognize the vital role that academics, athletics and the arts each play in preparing students for the 21st century. Is it possible that a school of this caliber, with this range of opportunities, serves as the “public” school for our sending towns? The answer is,Yes: if you live in a sending town, your town pays the tuition. If you do not live in a sending town, we offer financial aid so we can help you bridge the gap between the cost of our tuition and what you can afford. So, please enjoy this book. Take a look at our website (www. burrburton.org). Check out our course offerings. Imagine yourself as part of this community. And then come for a visit, because seeing is believing. I look forward to meeting you and welcoming you to Burr and Burton Academy.

 urr and Burton Academy results B speak for themselves: • virtually 100 percent

graduation rate • college matriculation rate that hovers  between 80 and 90 percent • SAT scores 122 points higher

than the national average • Vermont state assessment test scores  in the top 4 percent of all

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high schools • extracurricular participation rate  of 85 percent

Mark H. Tashjian Headmaster Sending Towns 2010–2011 (Towns pay tuition) Manchester

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C O R E c u rr i c u l u m A Burr and Burton Academy education addresses intellectual, physical, artistic and moral development. In academics we begin with competence in the core subjects: English, mathematics, social studies, and science.

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Of the 27 students who participated in  the UVM Math Prize Exam in 2009,

18 scored in the top 10 percent of the state, winning the top 3 places for our region. In the mathematics classes, the TI-83/84 family of graphing calculators, Geometer’s Sketchpad, and other tools provide visual images of ideas, facilitate organizing and analyzing data, and help students quickly and accurately perform calculations.

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studio, digital photography lab, ceramics studio with kiln, and a fully equipped wood shop. Students choose from a variety of media and techniques, from prints to digital photography, from oil paintings to cabinetry. Several courses have advanced levels, where students can work on individual projects to build portfolios.

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Over 30 students participate annually in the Green Mountain  Choral Festival and  the All-State  Music Festival.

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Annual Performance Opportunities Fall Dramatic Production Spring Musical Green Mountain Music Festival Calliope Café Performances Theater Arts Symposium Madrigal Singers and Renaissance Recorder Club Winter Wassail and Dessert Banquet Winter Concert Winter Showcase for Drama, Dance and Small Ensembles Green Mountain Instrumental Festival Green Mountain Vocal Festival Prism Multimedia Concerts All-State Music Festival Spring Showcase at the Southern Vermont Arts Center

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varied personalities and nationalities come different interests. Here you can be an athlete, an actor, an instrumentalist, a member of the student council, and the options do not even end there. If you can’t find a class or club that satisfies your passion, then you can start your own.  Mitch ’12 Manchester Village

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Godspell, Play On, Fiddler on the Roof, Grease, A Chorus Line, Anything Goes, The Diviners, Laramie Project

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Countries Visited Canada Ecuador Egypt France Germany

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Exchange Opportunities Spanish Exchange German Exchange French Exchange

Through the Rowland Endowment $50,000 in financial aid is available for school trips abroad.

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The primary goal of the Foreign Languages achieve oral and written proficiency S t u d y, I n t eis i e l d program r n ato tional P s, Athletics, F ro g r a m dia Art e M , s , Mo in real-life situations. During u n t a vocabulary, a l A r t their course of study, students will acquire a substantial a u in C Vis , amp s t r Ain us, solid foundation grammar, and a broadened cultural awareness, all while enjoying the learning g Col n i m leg r o f r e Due to the advantages of block scheduling, students can study multiple languages and e P l a n experience. ,P nin s ie g, T nit u t reach exceptionally high levels during their four years at Burr and Burton. r po

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the last three years took four or more years of at least one foreign language.

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who took the Spanish, German and French AP tests in the last three years scored a 3 or higher.

Students from the Wirtemberg-Gymnasium in Stuttgart, Germany, have been coming to Burr and Burton for a two-week visit in October every year since 1981. Burr and Burton students visit Stuttgart in the spring.


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The faculty members in the Media Arts and Sciences Department teach students how to construct, use, and interpret messages across multiple media types in order to inform, manage, relate to and influence each other within and across social contexts and cultures. Ta r g e Through practical experience in three core areas — research, exploration tP ro am andg rproduction — students learn lifelong interpersonal, media, and an d Sp communication skills. ec ial

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In their first season in Division I, the girls soccer team coach Dan DeForest was named Coach of the Year.

In keeping with Burr and Burton’s dedication to a well-rounded education,

athletics and physical fitness

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students participate in athletics, with two JV teams for virtually every varsity team. 

are an important component of every student’s school experience. In addition to physical education classes, students have the opportunity to participate in sixteen interscholastic sports programs.


coaching staff is as committed to the principle of good sportsmanship as they are to coaching their athletes to reach their potential as competitors. 16 Varsity Sports

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Garone Outstanding Sportsmanship Award in 1999 and 2004.

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I love most about Burr and Burton are the vast opportunities to try something new and get involved. I transferred in as a sophomore and before I knew it, my afternoons were filled with sports practices and meetings for new committees I had joined. I went out for the track team and the alpine ski racing team — two things I had never done before — and ended up finding two new sports I loved and meeting new friends.  Sydney ’11 Peru

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Burr and Burton is a member of the Marble Valley League and competes statewide in Division I and II. Playing on a team develops communication and decision-making skills as well as discipline, all of which carry over to the classroom. The entire faculty is supportive of the school’s athletic teams, and many of the coaches are also classroom teachers. The

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Field Study is a course that offers guided off-campus job experiences with area businesses. The

Field Study coordinator works with students to place them in a local business, agency, or professional office that is related to their area of interest. Field Study is designed to give students an opportunity nternatio F i e l d S t u d y, I letics, h t A , rts to receive part of their education within the larger community. It is not ae djob, i a A but an educational M , s t A r teachers who are not in the program in a different location, through a different process, andi swith ual V , ts Ar school classroom but the “classroom of life.” ng i rm fo Over 100 businesses in Manchester and theP e rsurrounding communities have taken part in this , s e iti program including: un

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Service is an integral part of the school’s mission, and the Service Learning Program gives students the opportunity to work with a multitude of nonprofit organizations in the greater Manchester community as well as for global needs. Students work locally for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Food Cupboard, and Albany and Rutland missions. Some recent global projects have included a Walk for Water to benefit well drilling in Africa, KickAIDS to educate youth in Africa about AIDS through soccer, and special events to raise money for earthquake victims in Haiti and Chile. Every student who attends Burr and Burton experiences firsthand how working together can build a brighter future.


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For over twenty years, Burr and Burton Academy has welcomed students from countries around the world through its International Student Program. In recent years, students have come from Switzerland, o n a l P ro g r a m , Mo nta i n C a mAustria, Spain, Germany, Russia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Germany, uSweden, pus, Colle ge P l aBrazil, South Korea, Thailand, Bolivia, Venezuela, Mexico, and Colombia. nnin g, T arg e t P students studying at Burr and On average, there are fifty-two international ro g ram nd Burton every year. International students bring a aglobal perspective to the Sp eci al community, thereby enhancing the educational experiences S e for all. r vic

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Throughout the year, international students participate in a variety of school events that help them become part of the school community. They travel to Washington D.C., New York City, and other historical and cultural centers to acquire a broader understanding of American culture. Internationals students participate in: Assemblies Special events Celebrations and all aspects of life at Burr and Burton

Students stay with host families or in Burr and Burton houses close to campus.

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Each semester, fifty students will relocate to the Mountain n ountai m, M a r g Campus to experience education in a vastly different setting: o al Pr tion rna e t a classroom of 100 acres of wilderness surrounded by the In d y, Stu d iel Green Mountain National Forest. Students will study ,F ics t e environmental science, humanities and the arts while under- , A t h l ts Ar going rigorous leadership challenges as part of this experiential ia d e M s, education program. t r s Vi

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At the end of the semester, students will have developed an in-depth understanding of the human relationship with the environment, a deep appreciation for the meaning and power of “community,� and a clear vision of their own potential to effect positive change in this world, all while exploring the extraordinary beauty and complexity of the natural world. Students will bring this broader vision and passion back to the main campus once they return from their time on the mountain.

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The School and College Counseling Office assists students and parents in

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es charting a path through Burr and Burton and cbeyond. College and career planning begins when a student enters Burr and Burton and continues throughout the four years of high school. Workshops and parent forums are offered every year to help families navigate the college-application process.

With a broad understanding of the college and career landscape, our counselors seek to find the right “fit” for each student based on interests, achievements, and aspirations. Burr and burton graduates enroll in over 80 different colleges each year. In the last

5 years, graduates have been accepted at over 500 colleges and universities including: Castleton State University

Johns Hopkins University

Siena College

Colorado State University

Middlebury College

University of Chicago

Cornell University

Montana State University

University of Pennsylvania

Dartmouth College

New York University

University of Vermont

Duke University

Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute

Vermont Technical College

Harvard University

Savannah College of Art and Design

Williams College Yale University

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atmosphere at Burr and Burton is second to none.The supportive, bright and goaloriented students, aided by an encouraging group of faculty members, help make the school a fun and unique place to be. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. Luke ’11 Grafton

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The Target program is an alternative

education program that addresses the unique needs of students whose education benefits from individual attention. Target’s flexible instructional program and small class sizes (2-4 students) are designed to ensure the success of each student. The objective of Target is to have every student graduate from high school well prepared to enter the work orming Arts, Visual Arts es, Perf tuniti r o p p force or go on to higher education with self-esteem, knowledge, and practical skills. vel O d s an age

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The Special Services Department educates students who are eligible for special education (specialized instruction) and who have Individualized Education Plans. An Evaluation and Planning Team determines a student’s eligibility for an IEP according to Vermont State Department of Education Education rules. Burr and Burton s , M eSpecial dia Ar ts, A Academyt hisl e tapproved by the State of Vermont ics, Fiel dS t udy in all areas of special education. , In na

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Burr and Burton Academy 57 Seminary Avenue Manchester, VT 05254 USA 802-362-1775 fax: 802-362-0574 www.burrburton.org

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