An independent high school with a public mission and global reach.

From its founding in 1829, Burr and Burton has been an independent academy serving as the local high school for area students. It is known for its vigorous educational program in academics, athletics and the arts, as well as for its supportive, caring community, and its excellent faculty.

Because Burr and Burton is a "town academy" with a public mission, students who reside in the following thirteen sending towns can attend Burr and Burton free of charge: Manchester, Dorset, Danby, Dover, Londonderry, Landgrove, Mt. Tabor, Peru, Stratton, Sunderland, Wardsboro, Weston and Winhall. These towns vote every year to approve the school's tuition, which is paid through state property taxes.

Admission is also open on an annual basis to interested students from other towns.

Every year Burr and Burton welcomes students from other countries who are interested in spending a semester, year or more in an American high school, either living with a family or in a small dormitory close to the campus.

If you would like to learn more about Burr and Burton, please contact the Director of Admission and School Counseling, Kirk Knutson, at 802-549-8125 or by e-mail at

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Scholarships and Financial Aid

For local families living in partial-paying communities, Burr and Burton offers a merit scholarship, The Belltower Merit Scholarship. Student-applicants must complete an academic record review, written essay, and reference check to be considered for a Belltower Merit Scholarship. 

For local families living in non-paying communities, Burr and Burton offers the Bell Tower Merit Scholarship and accepts applications for financial aid through Smart Aid. In combination, these can assist families in making a BBA education accessible. While the Bell Tower is merit-based, financial aid is needs-based, requiring the applicant to fill out the application. Details on the financial aid are available by visiting the admission process page.

For additional information contact Kirk Knutson, Director of Admissions and Counseling at or call at 802-549-8125.

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Sending Towns

Full-Pay: The full-pay, sending town rate for 2019-20 is $17,490.
Mt. Tabor

Partial-Pay & Private: The 2019-20 non-sending rate is $19,490. For the year 2019-20, a family whose student receives the state average ($15,933.00) has a balance of $3,557.00. 

Burr and Burton Academy offers a merit scholarship that candidates can apply for to cover a portion of the balance.

In past years these towns have annually approved paying the state per-pupil average.

Middletown Springs
Rutland Town

If you have questions regarding payments from any of these towns, please contact the respective town office.

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Burr and Burton Academy

57 Seminary Avenue
PO Box 498
Manchester, VT 05254
Phone: 802.362.1775, Fax: 802.362.0574