The Schoolhouse Learning Center is a State of Vermont approved elementary and middle school and licensed childcare center that has provided quality programs for over 40 years. Schoolhouse programs nurture each child’s innate curiosity and encourage independence of mind and resourcefulness. Families are invited to be a part of Schoolhouse programs and are a vital part of the community.
The Schoolhouse is located in South Burlington on 28 acres of fields and wetlands with a large playground, gardens and 3 ponds. The building, a renovated barn, offers ample space with 5 classrooms, a large, open community room and a spacious gym. Students come from towns in and around Chittenden County.
The Schoolhouse is a consciously diverse community committed to a set of values including mutual respect, cooperation, self-reliance and resourcefulness. The school’s commitment to multiculturalism and diversity in all its forms may be seen in the wide variety of parents, students and teachers who make up the Schoolhouse community. It is also reflected in the ways children learn, how decisions are made and how conflicts are resolved. The Schoolhouse offers needs-based scholarships, accepts childcare subsidy and is eligible to receive Act 62 funds from sending districts for 3- and 4-year-olds.
Programs include Story Time at The Schoolhouse (preschool for 2-4 year olds), Elementary (early K-5th grade), Middle School (6th-8th grades), Afterschool (for 4.5-13 year olds) and Camp (summer and vacation camps for 4.5-13 year olds).
What Makes the Schoolhouse Unique?
Curriculum: We are committed to the following educational values:
- academic excellence for each child
- respect for each child’s individual learning style, interests, and development
- community based on relationship building
- joy in learning through active inquiry
- aesthetic expression
- diversity and cultural awareness
- opportunities for self-direction through academic choice
- development of problem solving, conflict resolution and leadership skills through experiential learning
- cooperative and collaborative learning
- teacher as facilitator and coach
- place-based learning
- multi-age and small-group learning
- parent involvement
- formative and portfolio assessments that are individualized and responsive to developmental needs of students
Through our relational and differentiated teaching, we create a community of confident learners who can advocate for themselves.
Social: Our core concepts of trust, sharing, responsibility, respect and belonging are embraced by our community of parents, teachers and students.
At the Schoolhouse, there is minimal separation between home and school. Teachers communicate with parents virtually every day through class letters, blogs, and informal conversations. Students understand this is their place to be valued and can feel safe because they see their parents spending time there. Our community grows from experiencing our core concepts at the youngest age group on up through the adults who contribute to life at Schoolhouse. Children come to embody our core concepts through multi-age groupings in classrooms, short courses, and job partners. Teachers model social skills every day; our intentional modeling values each child and strengthens our community.
Community: There are many events and opportunities that bring our community together.
- Fundraisers – Fall Fundraiser, Mother’s Day Brunch Bags
- Opening and Closing Days
- Science, Culture, and Art Displays
- Kwanzaa Ceremony
- School Play
- Community Meetings
- Social Events
- Birthday Celebrations
- Job Partners – older and younger students working together to care for the school, solve problems, and organize our displays
- Commitment to family involvement, including at Board of Trustees level
In addition to our curriculum, social development, and integral community, Schoolhouse is unique because of the following attributes:
- full-sized gym for physical activity and displays
- large circular community meeting space
- commitment to support low- and moderate-income families through dedicated scholarships
- 28 acres of wetlands including three ponds, 2 playgrounds and a small stream