Students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff often report that the best thing about Vermont Commons School is the sense of community at the school. Because it is important to so many people, the school works hard to encourage a safe, supportive, respectful environment where everyone can be themselves and contribute. Below are some examples of what keeps the community spirit going at Vermont Commons School.
Every day there is a school-wide meeting where information is shared, instruments are played, songs are sung, and friendly competitions are played out.
All School Lunch
There is one all-school lunch period where students, faculty, and staff sit down for a meal together.
Core and Advisory Groups
In Core Groups, students are connected with a faculty member by grade who “travels” with the group throughout their career at Vermont Commons School. Additionally, students are belong to multi-age Advisory Groups. These groups meet weekly to check in on how school life is going for each student. Older classmates will often mentor younger ones during these conversations.
Each grade also has two class Advisors, one that “travels” with them from the 7th through 12th grades and one that is dedicated to a particular grade. These relationships provide constant guidance, support, and mentoring.