The Mountain School

151 Mountain School Road 
Vershire, VT 05079

802) 685-4520

High school juniors


Call admissions department for current tuition.

Four month period

A one-semester program for forty-five high-school juniors who come from private and public schools throughout the United States to spend four months on a working farm.

Students who would like to apply may call or write directly to receive an application and brochure. Sophomores in high school apply for either the fall or spring semester of their junior year. (Occasionally juniors will apply for their senior year, but this is rare and may not be permitted.

High school juniors with great respect for the honesty, good judgment, and good will of others.

: Rigorous academic program with an emphasis on the environment, outdoor and farm activities. Most students take standardized tests while they are here. The Mountain School administers the PSAT and all AP exams on campus. For the SAT, we drive out students to nearby Hanover on the day of the test. The seven colleges most frequently attended by Mountain School graduates in the last seven years are Brown, Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Middlebury, Williams, and Bowdoin.

Feed wood into chip plant to keep the heat going at school. Plant asparagus in the greenhouse.

Primarily, dorms provide a comforting atmosphere that creates a home-like familiarity for many students, but more importantly, living together fosters friendship and many unique bonds. Provides living-space in five separate dorms that house all 45 students in rooms of varying size. The dorms (Conard, Underwood, Derby, Tobold, Miles) are divided into single sex groups of roughly 10 students with Derby housing only five and each contain two showers and one phone, one feature that requires cooperation among the students.

Return students to their schools and communities more clear about themselves and better prepared to become effective citizens.

We continue to be need-blind in our admissions decisions, and we encourage those who are in need of aid to apply for financial assistance. To estimate a family's ability to pay, the Mountain School relies on a system developed by the School Financial Aid Services Committee, a standing committee of the National Association of Independent Schools. Those who need additional aid and those not receiving aid at their home schools should request a financial aid packet by answering the appropriate question on the application form. The financial aid grants are mailed in late April.

Each dorm is assigned to two dorm parents who live within the dorm and interact regularly with the students. These dorm parents are responsible for checking in the students at night and for hosting a dorm meeting each week. Dorm meeting is a time for people to voice their concerns, to make announcements and for general discussion among the entire dorm.

We require that our students be covered by some type of health insurance: A half-year plan can be obtained through Milton Academy, which also offers elective accident and tuition-refund insurance.

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