Vermont statutes and State Board of Education rules authorize establishment of approved, recognized and distance learning independent schools, approved tutorials and approved educational programs
Approved Independent Schools Ninety-five approved independent schools operate in Vermont. They have varying educational philosophies and address a variety of student needs. Approved independent schools choose which grades they will serve and whether they will serve the general educational population only or the general and special educational population in one or more disability categories. Approved independent schools can receive tuition from public funds.
Obtaining approved status requires a school to submit a written application and undergo an on-site approval visit and review of the school’s organization, curriculum, facilities, staff qualifications, student health and safety, and financial qualifications.
Recognized Independent Schools Thirty-eight recognized independent schools operate in Vermont. Recognized independent schools file an annual enrollment notice through which the Commissioner of Education obtains information about the school’s objectives, operating schedule, curriculum, assessment procedures and student demographics. Recognized independent schools may not receive tuition from public funds.