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).
At present, Vermont houses a wide range of Approved and Recognized Independent Schools reflecting a variety of student needs and educational philosophies, statewide. The Agency of Education and State Board of Education view these schools as an important element of the state's educational system, and as valued partners in the work of educating Vermont’s diverse student population.
Recognized Schools Enrollment Notice Form (2015-2016)
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.
Forms must be
completed, printed, signed (where required) and mailed
Vermont Agency of
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641
Approved or Recognized Independent (Private) Schools
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.
Patricia Pallas Gray at email@example.com or (802) 479-1199
Page Last Updated on May 26, 2015