Burr and Burton Academy (BBA), a 9-12 independent high school in Manchester, Vermont, seeks a dynamic, visionary leader for its Mountain Campus semester program in environmental studies.
BBA’s Mountain Campus program was founded in 2012. Housed in a LEED Platinum certified building surrounded by thousands of acres of national forest in Peru, Vermont, the program uses the encompassing landscape and the mountains and wilderness of Vermont as a vehicle for study integrating social studies, English, Vermont history, eco-entrepreneurship, and scientific exploration. Guided by the central question, "How does one live well in a complex and ever-changing world?" students develop skills in self-advocacy, leadership, analysis, and citizenship while gaining a deeper appreciation for the environment, the importance of community, and the beauty of the natural world. Learning expeditions include multi-day backpacking trips in the Green Mountains, an eco-entrepreneurship trip to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, and numerous connections with agricultural and scientific organizations.
Each semester, roughly 25 students from the Burr and Burton main campus attend the Mountain Campus program. Admission is based on a set of criteria that focuses on motivation and community mindset. There is no additional fee to attend the Mountain Campus, so this program is available to the entire student body, regardless of socioeconomic status.
Burr and Burton Academy: an Independent School that Serves the Public
Burr and Burton Academy is an independent school that serves the public. Founded in 1829, it serves as the public high school for thirteen towns in southern Vermont, accepts all students from those towns, and is committed to providing an outstanding educational opportunity to each and every student. Each town pays the tuition of $16,250 per student, so families attend Burr and Burton at no personal cost. Each student and family has a choice of whether to attend Burr and Burton or a traditionally-structured public school, and it is worth noting that BBA’s market share exceeds 90% in virtually all of its sending towns.
The student body is diverse socioeconomically, with roughly 25% of students qualifying for free lunch. Educational results are extraordinary when compared to other schools in Vermont, with highlights including:
- Virtually 100% graduation rate
- 80%-90% college matriculation rate
- SAT scores 122 points higher than the national average
- AP test-taking rate and results in the top 5% of all schools nationally
Although BBA serves as a public school to its sending towns, it operates independently, governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees. This structure provides enormous stability and enables BBA to follow through on visionary projects such as the Mountain Campus while maintaining focus on the essential processes of teaching and learning that are fundamental to its day-to-day purpose. BBA merges the best of independent school philosophy and expectations with the democratic ideal of education for all.