Independent School Approval
The independent school approval process is responsible for ensuring that Vermont's Independent Schools meet Vermont’s rule-based and statutory requirements for general education, and, if appropriate, special education services. There are two types of independent schools:
- Approved independent schools apply under guidelines identified in 16 V.S.A. § 166 and Vermont State Board rules 2220 - 2225.11. After the Agency of Education leads an initial application review and subsequent site visit, the State Board of Education has the ultimate authority for approving schools’ applications.
- Recognized independent schools present information to the Secretary of Education as described in 16 V.S.A. §166 (c). Recognized independent schools are not subject to approval by the Vermont State Board of Education.
Additionally, statute provides for tutorial programs, distance learning schools, and programs for pregnant and postpartum pupils. For more information about these programs, please contact Pat Pallas Gray (contact information listed below).
This Vermont Approved or Recognized Independent (Private) Schools Directory contains contact information for approved and recognized independent schools, approved tutorials and distance learning schools, pregnant and parenting programs
and state operated facilities.
Independent School News
Approved Independent School Applications
Recognized Schools Enrollment Notice Form
The Recognized Schools Enrollment Notice Form is required to be submitted annually as a part of maintaining a school's recognized independent school status. Completed forms must be received by the agency prior to the 2015-2016 opening of public schools in your area.
Patricia Pallas Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 479-1199
Page Last Updated on November 6, 2015