St. Johnsbury Academy, Vermont, New England, USA

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St. Johnsbury Academy in St. Johnsbury enjoys great location in quiet Vermont! If you are considering a co-educational private boarding school in US please think about this one! A boarding high school for students in grades 9 to 12 and a post-graduate year. Boarding students come from 17 states and 26 countries. There are 23 Advanced Placement subjects offered. More than 40 visual and performing arts offerings. School traditions include dress code, daily non-denominational Chapel (morning assembly) The campus is approximately 43 acres with 30 buildings, five playing fields, and all-weather track Indoor athletics facilities include the Alumni Gymnasium, Field House, and Farmer Natatorium. Eight dormitories are spread around the Academy campus, four each for boys and girls. Different in size and personality, each dorm houses faculty advisors, their families, and students. Resident students have access to all the facilities on campus and are within walking distance to movie theatres, restaurants, and shops. School is closed to border wtih Canada, possibility to visit Quebec and Montreal.

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About the school

St. Johnsbury Academy was founded in 1842 by Erastus, Thaddeus, and Joseph Fairbanks to provide „intellectual, moral, and religious training for their own children and the children of the community.”

The school was reincorporated in 1873 in order to accomplish the founders’ goal of providing exemplary educational opportunities to a wider range of students, not just those destined for liberal arts colleges and universities. The result of this reincorporation was a comprehensive school, offering technical training as well as college preparatory studies. With this change, the founders created a school that was unique among New England academies, greatly changing the character of the school, and enabling it to serve the educational needs of St. Johnsbury and the surrounding communities.

A long-standing voucher system providing area students with educational choice continues to allow the Academy to enroll the majority of students from the St. Johnsbury area while maintaining its own independence. For more than a century and a half, this commitment has remained at the very heart of St. Johnsbury Academy’s educational philosophy. Employing authentic and traditional methodologies, the school remains committed to personally relevant instruction.

The campus comprises approximately 43 acres with 30 buildings, five playing fields, and all-weather track. Indoor athletics facilities include the Alumni Gymnasium, Field House, and the SJA Pool (Farmer Natatorium).

St. Johnsbury Academy is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is approved by the state of Vermont as an independent school.

Dorms range from a late 1800s mansion to a modern environmentally friendly „green” dorm. Dorm parents strive to make their students feel at home. Each dorm has its own identity and residents become loyal supporters of their home away from home.

Each dorm is staffed with several dorm parents who are experienced, caring members of faculty and staff. Dorms are supervised 24-7. From morning wake-up to lights out every night, students receive guidance and support from adults they know and trust.

Every dorm has a Head Dorm Parent who provides leadership and set the tone for the dorm, and each student has one dorm parent who is his or her Dorm Mentor.This mentor meets with the student regularly throughout the year, and sends written reports home to the student’s family about dorm life and participation in extracurricular activities.

Each dorm has supervised study halls each school night with homework help available from dorm parents.

Once a week, students have a formal dinner which is served family-style in our dining hall with students and dorm parents sitting together.

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Academic life

The Academy offers more than 200 courses at four levels of difficulty.

31 Advanced Placement courses

8 Technical programs

More than 40 visual and performing arts offerings

7 Engineering and Robotics courses

5 foreign languages: Chinese, French, Japanese, Latin, Spanish

All students participate in 1:1 iPad program.

Sweeny Applied Engineering Center available for student use

      Sport and culture

      Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate, Alpine skiing, Basketball, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track,  Nordic Skiing, Wrestling, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball

       the Alumni Memorial Gymnasium; the field house, which is home to indoor basketball/tennis courts, a weight room, a cardio room, and a regulation-sized pool; on-campus playing fields for football, track, lacrosse, field hockey, soccer, baseball, and softball, and Rec Fit St. J, a full-service off-campus gym.

      The St. Johnsbury Academy Fine Arts department offers a comprehensive range of courses that provide a solid technical and aesthetic foundation. 

      Visual Arts Courses: Foundations of Drawing and Painting, Anatomy and Figure Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Fashion Design, Filmmaking, Digital Design, Clay, Sculpture, Water-based Painting, Oil Painting, Portfolio, AP Art, and Visual Art Capstone.

      Performing Arts Courses: Acting, Stagecraft, Popular Dance, Dance, Training for the Athlete, Band, Jazz Band, Chorus, Strings, Guitar, Music Appreciation/Theory, and AP Music.

      AP summer Institute

      St. Johnsbury Academy has offered the AP Institute since 1986. Over the last two decades, the Institute has matured into the premier professional teaching environment for AP certification on the East Coast.

      2018 dates

      This year three sessions will be offered on the following dates:

      Session 1: July 8-13

      Session 2: July 15-20

      Session 3: July 22-27

      All inclusive pricing: workshop, on-campus housing, and all meals is $1395 ($1295 Early Bird)

      All inclusive, single-occupancy room pricing: workshop, on-campus housing (single room), and all meals is $1595 ($1495 Early Bird)

      Summer ESL Program

      The Summer ESL Program at St. Johnsbury Academy is an exciting opportunity to immerse yourself in the English language while experiencing American culture.

      The combination of language instruction and living with an American family maximizes your exposure to the English-speaking world in a personal and friendly atmosphere and the beauty of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont offers a wide range of recreational activities.

      Operation Creation (Summer Youth Corps)

      Operation Creation (Summer Youth Corps) is an innovative program designed to inspire entrepreneurship and community pride in rising 9th graders. Designed for students living in St. Johnsbury, this three week summer program includes:

      Learning how to run a restaurant

      Learning how to work in a wood shop

      Community Service

      Financial literacy

      Leadership skills

      Communication skills

      Staffed by dedicated members of the St. Johnsbury Academy faculty and staff and majorly underwritten by grants and support from community businesses. The program includes three weeks of activity, breakfast, lunch, uniform and uniform maintenance.

      Athletic summer camps

      Hilltopper Youth Tennis Program (Ages 11-15) Session 1

      06/18/2018 – 06/22/2018

      Hilltopper Youth Tennis Program (Ages 6-10) Session 1

      06/18/2018 – 06/22/2018

      Incoming Student-Athlete Strength and Conditioning

      06/18/2018 – 06/22/2018

      Track and Field Program

      06/19/2018 – 07/26/2018

      Hilltopper Youth Football Camp

      06/25/2018 – 06/29/2018

      Hilltopper Youth Tennis Program (Ages 11-15) Session 2

      06/25/2018 – 06/29/2018

      Hilltopper Youth Tennis Program (Ages 6-10) Session 2

      06/25/2018 – 06/29/2018             

      Hilltopper Basketball Camp

      07/09/2018 – 07/13/2018

      Hilltopper Wrestling Camp (Grades 3-8)

      07/09/2018 – 07/13/2018

      Hilltopper Wrestling Camp (Grades K-2)

      07/09/2018 – 07/13/2018

      Hilltopper High School Football Mini Camp

      07/23/2018 – 07/27/2018

      Hilltopper HS Boys’ Soccer Camp

      07/23/2018 – 07/27/2018

      Hilltopper HS Girls’ Soccer Camp

      07/23/2018 – 07/27/2018

      Hilltopper Youth Soccer Camp

      07/23/2018 – 07/27/2018

      Location Description

      The Academy Campus is in a beautiful small-town setting.

      The population of St. Johnsbury is approximately 6,200.

      1000 Main Street St. Johnsbury, Vermont 05819 Vermont 05819

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