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discover. The arts are our heart.


Exemplary academics. Competitive athletics.


Where students are known.

it feels good to be a Spartan. Rooted in core learning, character and community, our curriculum is progressive and focused on the creative and critical thinking skills needed in the 21st century. We intend to develop our students’ intellectual curiosity, their love of learning and their desire to make a better world. There is no better way to discover more about The Burlington School than to be here—walking our halls, meeting our students, faculty and staff and immersing yourself in our community. We believe that the passion that permeates our community is precisely what you’ll experience here. Schedule a tour today!

our Spartan pledge

When a student joins our community, they make a conscious decision to become a part of our community; a vibrant, passionate faculty, staff and student body that values the contributions of each individual. Our Spartans: Exhibit Friendship • Demonstrate Leadership • Embrace Citizenship Show Empathy • Live with Integrity • Honor Perseverance Be Passionate • Strive for Intellectual Excellence

think you can’t afford a TBS education?

think again.

The Burlington School provides need-based assistance to deserving students, making the opportunity to benefit from our high quality academic, arts and athletics programs accessible. Our tuition aid process also allows the school to host a student body that reflects the social and economic diversity of our area. We award need-based tuition assistance to a number of students and families each year using a third party screening organization. Our confidential tuition aid process is intended to be a supplement to family resources. We firmly believe that no worthy student should be deterred for financial reasons from applying to and enrolling in The Burlington School. Find out more about our tuition aid program on our website.

discovery. exploration. play. There isn’t a day without play for Preschoolers at TBS— we wouldn’t have it any other way. At The Burlington School, we teach our youngest learners through hands-on interaction and play while learning to interact harmoniously with peers and teachers alike. Preschoolers receive an introduction to academic concepts through music, movement and interactive learning. Our youngest students’ minds are stimulated through multiple gross motor centers as well as frequent rotations of toys and books. Thematic learning is at the core, with special event classes into which multiple academic areas can tie. Spanish is introduced in Preschool 3 and remains an integral component of the preschool program, preparing young students for Lower School and beyond.

Presented in a new format and delivery, our standards-based grading has increased information and a sharp focus on developing a growth mindset. It also emphasizes areas of strength and growth rather than just a numerical average; our 70+ indicators in gross and fine motor skills make for a comprehensive look at your growing learner.


friendship. creativity. curiosity. Friendships are made, creativity blossoms and curiosity is piqued here. From the easel to the SmartBoard, our Lower School students are led down an intentional path to individualized growth goals. Our elementary coursework builds the foundation for future success. In the Lower School (grades Kindergarten through 4th), students have the opportunity to learn in myriad ways. Learning is interactive and thematic, and technology is an integral component of their coursework and academic activities. Students in the Lower School continue their Spanish language training, and delve into science, math and social studies. Teaching is cross-curricular—music, art and drama integrate with the academic side of the school day. Teachers know their students, individual assessments are made, and the coursework is tailored to each student’s specific needs.


global citizenship. What does it mean to be a global citizen? Our Middle School students contemplate their place in the world in every game, conversation and keystroke. In the Middle School, students delve deeper—exploration, creation, reasoning and advocacy are core traits of the Middle School curriculum. In Middle School, our adolescent students learn to balance their coursework with their extracurricular activities, and through their advisory groups they learn study skills, organization and ownership while engaged in their learning.

take a walk on the wild side The Burlington School's signature programs (E-Mersion Term and WOW Week) present classes from beyond the school’s usual curriculum. Students engage in experiential learning through travel, project-based learning and hands-on activities in offerings ranging from photography to backpacking, movie-making to carpentry— both on campus and out of state! Class trips for grades 5-12 are built into tuition, so every student makes unforgettable memories.


confident. cultured. college ready. The first Jefferson scholar in Alamance County? Check. Collegiate athletic signees? Check. All-State athletes? Absolutely. The 19 members of the class of 2014 were awarded over $2.47 million in scholarships prior to their graduation; their class of 2015 successors were accepted to 72 colleges and universities, and earned $2.87 million. Each of our Spartans aim to become graduates of this caliber. Refer to our website for our school profile and information on our rigorous academic curriculum.

our GRADUATES proudly include: A Jefferson Scholar • A Nationally-Recognized Equestrian • A Published Author • An Elon Communications Fellow • A Furman Scholar • An Elon Junior Scholar • An All-State Track and Field Athlete • An All-State Cross Country Competitor • An All-State Golfer • 6 College Athletics Signees • A Music Scholar • A Sims Scholars Award winner • A UGA Classic Scholar An Appalachian Community of Education Scholar


arts are our heart. With over 163 years of combined teaching experience, The Burlington School’s Art faculty is distinguished, dedicated and demonstrative of all that is creative. We are lucky to have them. When your child enrolls here, they will be too.


PROGRAM Under the direction of Marshall Qualls, the integrated Middle and Upper School Choral Music program at The Burlington School affords every student the opportunity to sing and perform locally, nationally and internationally. The choir presents a Holiday Concert and a Spring Musical Theatre Review annually. The choir has performed at The Biltmore in Asheville, NC and in Vienna, Austria, as well as for numerous civic and community organizations. Qualls’ 42 year career has launched numerous students into careers on Broadway and music education. Qualls places emphasis on promoting cultural immersion to enhance programmatic development, while also investing in the acquisition of prestigious musical talent to positively influence our entire arts community.

visual ARTS After art instruction is introduced in Kindergarten with Fredda Payne, celebrated visual artist Rodney Moser assists in the artistic development of our students in grades 4-12. Under the tutelage of Moser, students have the opportunity to work with a variety of media: acrylics, watercolor, pottery, photography and graphic design software. In the past five years, our artists have won 3 state, 8 regional and 86 local awards. Our artists have traveled to Italy, New York City and Washington, D.C. Over 10% of our alumni are currently majoring in or have acquired degrees in visual arts. Both of our campuses boast spacious, well-equipped facilities where student creativity flourishes daily.

DRAMA The Drama program begins in 2nd grade and is led by Bethany Baker. Reading Shakespeare, practicing monologues, honing public speaking skills and rehearsing for the annual TBS Spring Musical Production are not uncommon facets of Drama curriculum. Our students garner confidence, poise, passion and discipline in their thespian studies at TBS.

MUSIC General music and handchime instruction are implemented by piano and voice teacher Fredda Payne. Music is integrated into the curriculum beginning in Preschool 3 and continues throughout the Lower School. Lower and Middle School students take the musical foundation established at TBS past commencement and move toward musical careers in both college and post-secondary professional endeavors.



No where else will you find such a group full of electric energy and talent! These performers, led by the gifted musician Lucius Wilson, work diligently to hone their skills on multiple instruments. Rock Ensemble is open to Middle and Upper School students, where they create original pieces and perform other well-known tunes while developing collaborative skills with one another. The cornerstone of the program is a focus on selflessness and dedication to the craft of music for the good of the entirety of the Ensemble. Multiple students who graduate from the Rock Ensemble program have gone on to pursue music careers, and often come back to offer support for those currently enrolled!

why not win? OUR ATHLETIC PROGRAM IS SKYROCKETING. The Burlington School placed second in the state among 34 class 1A schools in the Wells Fargo Cup Competition this year! Additionally, our Varsity Boys Golf team won the state championship for the fourth straight year, our Varsity Boys Basketball team clinched a state championship, and our Middle School Boys Basketball team went undefeated throughout their exemplary inaugural season.

The athletic program at The Burlington School challenges students to pursue athletic excellence, while honoring each student as an individual with unique potential. Students who participate in athletics are given support and guidance as they develop and refine their athletic skill, improve their physical fitness and build a higher degree of self-confidence. Discover more about our athletic program and the competitive nature of our Spartans on our website.

The Burlington School is the only Preschool 3—12 independent school in Alamance County, with a mission for excellence in academics, arts and athletics. Apply today at, or call our Director of Admissions at 336.228.0296.

PS3-12 • COLLEGE PREPARATORY • NEED-BASED FINANCIAL AID 1615 Greenwood Terrace/408 West Davis Street Burlington, NC 27215 • 336.228.0296

The Burlington School Admissions Viewbook (2015)  

This is what it means to be a Spartan.

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