Key Information -- Opening of School

In just over two weeks we will welcome the class of 2023 to Burr and Burton Academy for Freshmen Orientation, marking the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year. Please take the time to read through the following information and embedded links for key information regarding the opening of school.

BBA Spires
BBA’s Spires are a common set of essential skills that students practice over time and across content area. Students will develop skills in the four areas through coursework, co-curricular activities, service projects and leadership experiences. This year we will work together to build a common understanding of the Spires, and begin to identify learning artifacts that connect to the Spires, serve as evidence of growth and point students to new learning goals. 

BBA’s OnCampus Portal and Website
BBA’s OnCampus Portal and Burr and Burton’s website are your information and communication hubs.

On the front page of the website you will see our 2019 - 2020 Academic Calendar, key policies and downloadable forms. In addition, please review summer assignments under the Academics tab to ensure you are ready for the start of classes. 

On the portal you can view your schedule and see your advisory placement. If you want to make a change to your schedule or notice an issue (missing block or double booked), please contact your school and college counselor to make adjustments prior to the start of the school year. For a smooth start to the school year, students and parents must log into the portal this week to complete the required enrollment forms:
  • 2019-2020 Fall Co-Curricular Rules and Info
  • 2019-2020 Emergency Contact Info and Permissions
  • 2019-2020 Health Consent and Medical Form
  • 2019-2020 Responsible Use and iPad requestForm
Logging in for the first time? Use the following Instructions and if you need support or have questions regarding OnCampus or the electronic forms, please contact

Flexblock and Daily Schedule 2019-2020
Please review the daily schedules for the opening weeks of school (August 21 - September 6) and the block schedule for the year. 
Daily Schedule for Opening Weeks of School
2019-2020 Daily Block Schedule 

At BBA we believe in fostering learner agency and our schedule includes Flexblock, a time when students make decisions about where they need to be, advocate for their learning and interests, and develop independence as a learner. 

Flexblock opportunities include time to meet with a teacher; collaborate with other students on projects; meet with study groups; complete assignments; work in the writing center, art, or media labs; see school and college counselors; conduct research in the library; complete college applications; attend class meetings; read a book; eat lunch; make up missed quizzes/assignments and class time, or attend an enrichment activity. Faculty advisors are actively involved in helping students to make good choices, reflect on their learning and track their progress. 

Flexblock is an important aspect of BBA’s learning culture: please review the goals and expectations for Flexblock. Also, some returning students will receive notification in the coming weeks regarding Flex Support. Students who struggled academically at the end of the 2018-2019 school year will start the year in Flex Support to provide support needed for success. 

iPad Distribution
You must submit the Responsible Use and iPad Request form in order to receive the link to book an appointment to pick up your iPad. Pick-up dates begin August 5th. 
  • Read HERE for details on iPad distribution. 
  • You will need to bring a $50 check with you in order to receive your iPad unless you qualify for a fee waiver. 
Do not hesitate to contact should any questions arise.

Burr and Burton Food Service Program
Healthy Body, Healthy Mind - Real Food For All is the mission of food service at BBA. BBA is committed to a program that provides delicious healthy meals, teaches students about our food system, and expands its use of locally sourced food while developing community. Read HERE to learn more about BBA’s cafeteria, Belltower Bistro, lower campus cafe, MealTime lunch accounts, and eligibility for the USDA Free Lunch Program. Student ID cards will be linked to MealTime accounts. All students will receive a temporary ID card on the first day of school, which will be replaced with a photo ID after school picture day. 

Special Information for incoming Freshman
Freshman orientation is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21 from 8:00 am - 1:20 pm. Please gather in front of the Riley Center by 8:00 am. During orientation you will participate in welcome and team building activities, meet your advisor and Freshman Mentor (a senior leader who will work with your advisory group), attend short classes to meet your teachers and get familiar with the campus. You should dress for an active day in comfortable clothes. Lunch is provided so no need to bring food or money. You will receive a call before orientation day from your Freshman Mentor who will welcome you to BBA and answer any questions you might have. 

Special Information for New Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors (students only) 
New Student orientation is scheduled for Monday, August 19, from 10: am - 12:30 pm.  All new sophomores, juniors and seniors should report to the Smith Center Library to meet with BBA Student Ambassadors who will answer questions, share tips about adjusting to Burr and Burton, help students locate their classrooms and get connected to BBA technology. The program will end with a pizza party.
Special Information on Junior Jumpstart
Junior Jumpstart is scheduled for Wednesday, August 21, from 8 am to 12:30 pm. Please meet in the Smith Center Lobby to start the day. The Junior JumpStart program will cover career and college information, standardized testing options, the junior year planning calendar and more! 

Special Information on Senior College Workshops
Seniors planning to apply to college must attend a Senior College Admission Workshop for all college-bound students: Wednesday, August 14 from 2:30 to 5:00 pm OR Tuesday, August 20, from 11 am to 1:30 pm (attend just one) starting in the Hunter Seminar Room. 

We look forward to an engaging year at BBA. Enjoy your last few weeks of summer and don't hesitate to reach out with questions!


Offering every student a world of opportunities.

Burr and Burton Academy

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