Mountain Campus

The Mountain Campus Semester Program is an educational opportunity unlike any other at Burr and Burton. Each term, a small group of motivated students comes together on Burr and Burton’s Mountain Campus to engage in a semester-long study of the surrounding landscape and community— its past, present, and potential for the future. Classes are supplemented and blended with extensive fieldwork, local resources, and professionals to enhance the learning experience. Students take on significant leadership roles during the semester, and reflect often on their learning process, consequently coming to understand as much about themselves as they do the science, history, and literature of Vermont. The multidisciplinary curriculum is designed to be challenging and invigorating for college or career-bound students with a range of skills and experiences. 
Students examine a central question: “How do we live well in this place?” through investigations into: 
  • The social, political, economic and environmental issues affecting our local area and their relevance in the national and global context; 
  • How artists and writers have been inspired by these issues and how they have addressed these issues in their work; 
  • The different forest communities that exist on and around the campus and the ecological factors that influence them; 
  • Uses of land in the area and the resulting impact on wildlife, the forest, and the community; 
  • How to effectively prepare for and lead outdoor expeditions, how to achieve group cohesion and trust, how to build self-awareness and self-reliance; 
  • Ways people can care for a community and affect positive change. There are four academic courses woven into the interdisciplinary curriculum.

Mountain Campus Team

List of 4 members.

Hildene Partnership

Hildene, the Lincoln family home, recently transformed its 60-acre River Road meadowlands into the Dene farm and built a state-of-the-art teaching greenhouse, which it shares with Burr and Burton Academy. Hildene and Burr and Burton Academy share similar missions and core values around integrity, service, civic responsibility and sustainability, which is what helps to make this a perfect programmatic partnership. Our collaborative mission statement is to actively engage students and guests on a sustainable working landscape for the purpose of creating widespread positive societal change.

On the Dene, BBA students now have significant opportunity for hands-on, integrated study of:
  • Sustainability
  • Plant and soil science
  • Botany and Horticulture
  • Bioenergy gardening
  • Biology
  • Wetlands ecology/habitat study
  • Farming/ Agriculture
  • Economics
  • Food systems
  • Food Science
  • Veterinary science
  • Culinary arts
  • Civic responsibility and civic discourse, ethics
  • Wildlife management
  • Field study and internships, summer employment
  • Student-driven inquiry projects
  • Literature, politics, and more.

Shared institutional goals for this partnership include:
  • a desire to bring sustainability to the forefront of our respective programs;
  • allowing BBA students the opportunity to invest in their community; to learn more about what they can do to make a positive environmental impact; and to, through place-based, experiential learning, study agriculture, food cycle/systems, and the science, economics and politics of our local ecology;
  • engaging students in growing (and eventually, preparing) food that will be served at both institutions. The farm and its food system will be the vehicle for study, enabling thoughtful curricular integration across BBA’s academic disciplines.
Courses that currently take place on the Dene Farm include: 
Ecology and Evolutionary BiologyNaturalist StudiesIntroduction to Sustainable Agriculture, and Farms, Food and Systems Thinking.

Hildene Team

List of 3 members.

Student Success Program


Success Scholars will develop college and career readiness skills, strength of character, and a sense of purpose that will propel them toward a lifetime of success.

Definition of Success

  1. Scholars will become self-reliant; they will have a strong sense of financial and social independence.
  2. Scholars will effectively navigate relationships and resources, with the goal of ultimately contributing positively to the greater good (of the Burr and Burton community and society as a whole).
  3. Scholars will develop a sense of self-worth through the process of setting and realizing personal and professional goals.

Indicators of Success

Scholars will demonstrate the following success indicators:
  • Confidence
  • Academic proficiency and appreciation for the value of education
  • Transferable skills, including collaboration
  • Mindset of perseverance and optimism
  • Self-control, Self-worth and Joy
  • Establishment of a future vision to work toward
  • The ability to effectively navigate resources
  • Professionalism and knowledge of “Hidden Rules”
  • Healthy relationships with adults and peers
The Student Success Program is a program built and designed to help scholars grow into successful young adults throughout their high school experience. Scholars are guided onto the path of success by researching and visiting colleges that they might be interested in, developing healthy and positive relationships with one another, learning the importance of advocacy and independence, and so much more.
-Jason Pergament

Student Success Team

List of 5 members.

Target Program

The Target Program seeks to develop the following skills in each of its students so that they better understand their academic, social and emotional strengths and challenges.

Goals of the Target Program include:

  • self-reliance
  • self-advocacy
  • perseverance
  • empathy/perspective
  • creativity/imagination
  • critical thinking and questioning
  • collaboration 

Special Services

Burr and Burton is committed to the success of all students; as a result, specialized programs are in place for students in need of additional academic support.

The Special Services department serves students through various programs.
Some of these include:

1. The ACCESS Program (Accessing Community,Careers, and Education through Successful Self-Determination) provides students with individualized support for academic and practical skills. This program focuses on on the areas of functional academics, self-care, daily living skills, independent living, community access, and job training and placement.

2. The Learning Center provides students who need additional academic support for regular education courses. In this program, specialized instruction is provided through the Study Skills course. Teachers help students identify challenges, provide  remediation, tutor in content areas, and teach specific skills and strategies for successful learning.

3. The Target Program provides an alternative education experience to students who struggle in traditional educational environments or who are at high risk of dropping out of school. The goals of the Target Program are to help students become more self-reliant; understand their academic and social strengths and challenges; graduate from high school with a transition to independent living, including further education, training, employment and housing; and become active citizens, effective workers, and capable family and community members.

The Special Services Department educates students who are identified through a special education review process as eligible for special education (specialized instruction) and who have Individualized Education Plans.

An Evaluation and Planning Team determines a student’s eligibility for an IEP according to Vermont State Department of Education Special Education rules.

The Special Services staff includes Vermont-certified learning specialists, a reading teacher, a speech and language pathologist, paraeducators, and related services providers.

Special education personnel work with other agencies’ personnel to facilitate the transition of students to college or other post-high school or employment opportunities. This may include placing a student on a 504 plan which is designed to assist the student throughout life.

For more information please contact Director of Special Services Mary Diaz at 802.549.8153 or by e-mail

Special Services Categories

Special services are provided for students who qualify under one or more of the following categories of disabilities:
  • Learning impairment
  • Emotional disturbance
  • Orthopedic impairment
  • Specific learning disability
  • Visual impairment
  • Autism
  • Deafness/hard of hearing
  • Other health impairments
  • Speech or Language Impairment
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Deaf-blindness

Target Team

List of 4 members.

Access Team

List of 12 members.