There is a broad array of academic choices at Burr and Burton Academy, from Advanced Placement English to independent film-making to robotics. Planning a student’s formal class work is an important task, and prior to entering ninth grade, students and parents meet with members of the School and College Counseling Office to develop a tentative four-year program. The counselors meet with all new students to do the same.
It is possible that during the early years of high school students may be uncertain about plans after graduation. However, by the time students enter their junior year, they should have more definite plans so that appropriate courses can be selected. The counselors will help all students to develop a program suited to their individual needs and abilities.
Burr and Burton operates on a modified block schedule. Of the eight courses students take each year six are one-credit semester-long courses (three each semester) and two meet three days a week for the full year.
Student performance is assessed using a letter grading system. The difficulty of courses influences the value of the letter grade to determine each student’s class rank. Pluses and minuses are used by teachers and will be factored in when calculating class rank.
NACAC, NEACAC, NAIS, College Board, Independent School Association of Northern New England, Vermont Independent Schools Association, Vermont Principals’ Association
Vermont Department of Education, New England Association of Schools and Colleges
The Target Program, an innovative educational program at Burr and Burton Academy, gives students at high risk of dropping out of school or students who are simply not succeeding in the standard secondary program, an alternative educational setting and a flexible instructional program designed to ensure each student can succeed.
You may view and download the 2013-2014 Course of Study booklet (pdf).