Independent School Approval


This program is responsible for ensuring that Vermont's approved and recognized independent schools meet State Board of Education rules for regular, and if appropriate, special education services.

There are two types of independent schools:

  • Approved independent schools make application according to 16 V.S.A. § 166 and Vermont State Board rules 2220 - 2225.11. After a site visit, recommendations are given to the State Board of Education.

  • Recognized independent schools present information to the commissioner of education as provided for 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.

At present there are a number of independent schools that reflect the variety of needs and educational philosophies that exist in the state. It is through this unique network that special needs and educational alternatives are able to flourish. The Vermont State Board of Education views these schools as an important element of the state's educational system.


Recognized Schools Enrollment Notice Forms (2013-2014)
This form is required annually to continue a school's recognized independent school status. This information must be received by the agency prior to the 2013-2014 opening of public schools in your area. At this time it is not possible to submit the forms via e-mail.

Forms must be completed, printed, signed (where required) and mailed to:

Vermont Agency of Education
219 North Main Street, Suite 402
Barre, VT 05641

  Vermont Approved or Recognized Independent (Private) Schools Directory (November 2014)
This directory contains contact information for approved and recognized independent schools, approved tutorials and distance learning schools, pregnant and parenting programs and state operated facilities.


Alicia Hanrahan, Team Leader/Education Coordinator, at or (802) 479-1206

Page Last Updated on January 14, 2015