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
There are two types
of independent schools:
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.
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
statute provides for tutorial programs, distance learning
schools, and programs for pregnant and postpartum
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