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.
Currently enrolled Burr and Burton Academy students can apply to attend an upcoming Mountain Campus semester by completing and submitting the attached application