Located in Saxtons River, a village in the town of Rockingham in Windham County, Vermont, Vermont Academy is a private, co-educational, college preparatory school, primarily boarding in nature, for grades 9-12 and post graduate. We are one hr and thirty minutes from Hartford, CT and two and a half hrs from New York. Our students are constantly challenged in the classrooms, on the athletic fields, and in the community as a whole. We believe in setting the bar high while also securing a safety net to catch those who fall short of their goals.
It is in the effort of trying that growth is made, and our faculty and staff are devoted to fostering a “try and try again” approach to success. Students come from a variety of countries from around the world, including Canada, the Bahamas, Brazil, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Korea, China and Japan. Our dormitories have a mixture or international and American students, so that everyone can learn about different cultures and lifestyles. Our dorm parents have their apartment right in the dormitory with the students and participate with them in dorm activities. All of our students participate in sports and activities after classes.
Distance and driving time from:
New York City: 227 miles; 4 hours
Hartford, CT: 112 miles; 1 hour 30 minutes
Boston, MA: 117 miles; 2 hours 30 minutes
Montreal, Canada: 225 miles; 4 hours 7 minutes
Train (Amtrak) and bus (Vermont Transit Lines) service is available to the town of Bellows Falls, Vermont, approximately five miles from the school.
Our dormitories have a mixture or international and American students, so that everyone can learn about different cultures and lifestyles. Our dorm parents have their apartment right in the dormitory with the students and participate with them in dorm activities. All of our students participate in sports and activities after classes.
All of our students participate in sports and activities in the afternoons after classes. International students have the opportunity to learn sports which are not common in their countries, such as lacrosse and American football.
During the year we celebrate the global community on our campus by recognizing important holidays from different nations, trying food from different countries in our dining hall, and have musicians from different parts of the world perform for us, and having speakers who address global issues. We have a student run organization called Global Initiatives which raises money for various charities and helps us to celebrate each other’s cultures.
Going to school at Vermont Academy provides an excellent opportunity to learn about American culture and meet students from around the world.
School / Office Address:
Saxtons River, 10 Long Walk
Vermont Academy is easily accessible from Interstate 91 and Route 121. The school is one and a half hours from Bradley International Airport, which serves Hartford, Connecticut, and Springfield, Massachusetts.
From the south: Take I-91 to Vermont Exit 5. *Exit ramp will fork; take LEFT fork (ignoring signs for Routes 5 and 121 and Saxtons River to the right). The road will come to a T; at this intersection turn right onto Back Westminster Road and follow this road for approximately 2 1/2 miles until its junction with Rte. 121. Turn left onto Route 121 and proceed approximately 3 miles to the village of Saxtons River. In the village, you will see a sign for Vermont Academy on the right. Take the next right onto Pleasant Street and then the first left onto Burk Hill St., which leads into Vermont Academy's main entrance. Proceed up the hill onto the campus, bear right between Jones building (on your left) and the headmaster's residence (on your right). You may park in the designated spaces on your left just past the dorm.
The Admissions Office is the small cobblestone cottage close by the parking area and visible between the first two red brick buildings as you enter the campus.
From the north: Take Exit 5 off I-91 South. At the end of the exit ramp, turn right. Follow directions above for “from the south” .
From the east: Follow Route 2 west to I-91 to Vermont Exit 5. Follow directions above for “from the south”
Directions from Major Airports
From Bradley International (Hartford): approximate travel time, 1 hour 30 minutes
Exit the airport and take Interstate 91 north. Continue on I-91 until you reach exit 5 in Vermont, which is the Westminster, Bellows Falls exit. See directions for "from the south".
From Logan International (Boston): approximate travel time, 2 hours, 30 minutes
Exit the airport and take Interstate 93 back towards Boston. Look for the exit for Storrow Drive and take that exit. Continue on Storrow Drive until you see the exit for Cambridge and Route 2. Take Route 2 west to Route 140 north at Gardner, MA. Stay on Route 140 north until you come to Route 12 north.Take a left onto Route 12 north, heading toward Keene, NH. At the junction of Route 12 and Route 101, take a left and head west on Route 101 You will go continue through a rotary and then take a right onto Route 12 north which will head to Walpole, NH. You'll pass a yellow blinking light, and then take a left at Route 123, which will take you over the Connecticut River and into Vermont. Turn right on Route 5 north. Travel approximately 1/4 mile and then take a left at the sign for I-91. Go past the entrance to 91 and take a right on Back Westminster Road. Follow this road until it ends at Route 121. Take a left and continue into Saxtons River, approximately 3 miles. Turn right onto Pleasant St. Turn left at the first Vermont Academy entrance, and proceed up the hill onto campus. Please park in the circular driveway. The Admissions Office is the small cobblestone cottage visible between the first two red brick buildings.
From Manchester Airport: approximate travel time, 2 hours
Exit the airport and take Route 101 west to Keene, NH. Take Route 12 north from Keene and follow the directions from Logan (above) from that point.
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