New Perspectives
New Perspectives

Jun 23, 2008, 14:38

Burlington, Vermont
Hillary Kramer
Admissions Director

Rock Point School, founded in 1928, is a co-ed boarding school, with a small day program for students ages 14-19 and in grades 9 through 12, who have gotten off track both personally and academically. The average length of stay is two years. With small classroom sizes and large staff-to- student ratio, students receive individualized attention to prepare for college level academics. Rock Point is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, is a member of the National Association of Episcopal Schools, the VT Independent Schools Association of Northern New England and the National Association of Independent Schools.

John Rouleau is Headmaster of Rock Point and lives on the property with his wife. John has a Masters degree in Education and Educational Administration from the University of Vermont and has been at Rock Point since 1971. CJ Spirito, the Dean of Students, came to Rock Point School in 1990 and has a BA in English from Saint Michael's College. Rounding out the team is Hillary Kramer, Director of Admissions, who has been at the school since 2003 and has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Vermont.

The focus on academics for students includes developing critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills by articulating ideas and feelings through speaking, writing and art. In addition, students receive classes based on their grade levels. Study halls are available each evening and are supervised by staff. Community living and personal responsibility issues in the dorms and classes are discussed twice a week in scheduled school meetings with staff and students, allowing students to build honest, healthy relationships.

Recreational activities for students include weekly outdoor and art adventure activities such as rock climbing, hiking, biking, or attending music concerts, plays and poetry readings. Extensive trips are also part of the curriculum, with trips to Montreal, Boston, the White Mountains of New Hampshire and Maine to name a few.

[This information came from the Rock Point School website.]

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