Rock Point School

Burlington, Vermont, USA view map
Co-Ed, Interfaith

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Rock Point School is a small co-educational, college-preparatory, boarding and day school, in wonderful Burlington, VT. Students will find a place that is nurturing, supportive, and fun, while being gently guided to become their best selves. Our program is designed to work with students who need support, structure, and personal attention in the classroom as well as in the dorm at night and on the weekends. Rock Point offers a lively and full weekend program (skiing and snowboarding, plays, ceramics and other art offerings, movies, coffee houses, sporting events, and more), in addition to a very full school day. Community service and many arts offerings enrich the school's program.

1 Rock Point Road, Burlington, Vermont, USA 05408

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Director of Admission: Hillary Kramer
Admissions Phone:802-863-1104 ext.12Fax:802-863-6628
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: Rolling
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $150
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

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  • Founded: 1928
  • Campus Size: 130 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-post-grad
Girls     16 1 17
Boys     18 3 21
Total     34 4 38

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $54,900
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $27,200
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 25.00%
  • Average Awarded: $16,000
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $0
  • Current Endowment: $1,510,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $0

Department Director: Ryan Weiland

Average Class Size: 8

Full Time Teachers: 5

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 30.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 8-1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • Evening Study Assistance
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Executive Functioning skill building
Foreign Languages:
Humanities/Social Sciences:
Computer Studies:
Performing/Visual Arts:
Special Programs:
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:

Summary: Rock Point School is a place where high school students come to change their lives. In our small, nurturing community, students form close relationships with staff and peers. These relationships help students develop strength of character, compassion, integrity, and resilience. The personal, emotional and social well-being of every student is as important as his or her achievement in the classroom. In everyday life at Rock Point School, students explore their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Through work crews, study halls in the evening, and all kinds of fun activities, students learn to manage their time and find a healthy balance between work and play. Our activities in the dorm are geared toward art and culture, outdoor recreation, and community service. Throughout these areas, we teach students about the basics of self-care: getting enough exercise, getting enough rest, paying attention to nutrition, and having healthy ways to relax and de-stress. The dorm staff love to share their passion for outdoor adventure and the arts, as well as just spending time with students. Every weekend there is a range of activities offered at school, in the amazing college town of Burlington, and throughout Vermont and upstate New York. These include skiing/snowboarding, hiking, biking, running in the Burlington marathon, playing on an Ultimate Frisbee team, cooking and baking, gardening, community service projects, watching sporting events, and attending art shows, poetry slams, music concerts, and plays. We also go backpacking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, whitewater rafting on the Hudson River, and explored Montreal. We pursue travel education both far afield and close to home. Each year, usually during February vacation, we offer an international trip. During various years, we have traveled to Japan, Cambodia, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Nicaragua. Each trip has included cultural exchange and a service-learning component.

Department Director: Ryan Weiland

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 2

Average Students Per Dorm: 16

No. of Girls Dorms: 1

No. of Boys Dorms: 1

Dorm Amenities:
Game Room
Laundry Facilities 

Dress Code: Casual

Student Life



Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Environmental Club
  • Gardening
  • Outing Club
  • Photography
  • Sailing Club
  • Student Activities
  • Weightlifting
  • Yoga

Summary: We have a rich arts program, with art history and studio art in the morning, and arts electives (stain glass, photography, digital animation, school play, and more) 3 afternoons a week. We have physical education during the school week, with a variety of offerings including Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, basketball, yoga, and long walks in nature. In addition, there is skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and other outdoor activities on the weekend. Burlington is a great arts community and college town.

Arts Department Director: Jeanne Waltz

  • Art Club
  • Theater
  • stain glass, photography, fiber arts, jewelry
Interscholastic Sports
  • Basketball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Martial Arts
  • Nordic Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weight Lifting

Summary: Juniors are offered SAT prep classes and conversations about college. Seniors attend the Senior Seminar, a semester-long course that meets weekly to help seniors with post-high-school planning. Students explore colleges and other programs through the Internet and other resources. They are taught how to prepare a resume and cover letter, and how to complete the common application. We work in conjunction with parents, students, and educational consultants to decide which school or programs best meet the student's goals, interests, and skills.

Department Director: Emily Skoler

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 82.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Goucher College 1 graduates
St. Johns College 1 graduates
Clark College 1 graduates
University of Vermont 2 graduates
Champlian College 3 graduates
Maine College of Art 2 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

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Summary: The Summer Session at Rock Point School is a time for students to build their skills as learners, make friends, have adventures, and explore the rich and varied opportunities that surround Burlington, Vermont in the summertime. Come experience the fun of Vermont in the summer, including lake activities, art offerings, camping, and much more while you strengthen your abilities as a learner. Classes will be held weekday mornings, and will consist of discussion, experiential exploration, and hands-on activities. The program will emphasize core learning skills that lead to success in any learning environment, such as effective reading strategies, planning and editing a piece of writing, critical thinking, research strategies, and self-advocacy. Students will be encouraged to stretch themselves not only in the classroom, but in exploring new activities and developing meaningful relationships with self, staff, and peers. A key goal of the Summer Session is to develop beneficial habits in academics, relationships, and lifestyle choices.

Department Director: Kate McKernan

Rock Point Summer Session

July 07, 2013 to August 17, 2013

Come join us for a Vermont summer of personal, social, and academic growth! Earn English and other credits; learn effective reading, writing, and researching strategies; improve critical thinking; become a better self-advocate; hike; swim; create art; make new friends; and become your best self!

Registration Deadline: June 30, 2013
Financial Aid Available:  
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