Corners of the Kingdom
A column on the special people, places and businesses in the Northeast Kingdom, one of the most beautiful places on Earth!
REGIONAL AND STATEWIDE RESOURCES TO LOCATE AND ACCESS EARLY CHILDHOOD CARE FACILITIES AND EDUCATION PROGRAMS:
Bright Futures Information System – Provides a database of child-care providers throughout Vermont, both licensed centers and registered homes, searchable by town. This site also contains information on becoming a child-care provider. For information, contact: www.brightfutures.dcf.state.vt.us.
Children’s Integrated Services (CIS) – If you are the parent of a child age 6 or younger and you have questions or concerns about a suspected developmental delay or condition, CIS can help develop an action plan for your child and family, provide resources and services or make referrals and help you through any transitions to other community services. CIS also assists pregnant and postpartum women with questions or concerns about a condition or risk situation that impacts the mother’s or the baby’s health or safety and families that have questions or concerns about providing a stable, healthy environment for their children. Coordinator: Dawn Powers, 802-334-5335 or dial 211 from anywhere in Vermont. www.dcf.vermont.gov/child-development/cis.
Kingdom Childcare Connection – Child-care support services to support and assist families with their child-care needs in a variety of methods – child-care subsidy eligibility, child-care referral services, community outreach and the child-care resource development program. Umbrella, located at 1222 Main St., Suite 301 in St. Johnsbury, is the regional child-care resource and referral agency. A book-lending library for parents and providers is also available. For information, contact: 802-748-1992 or www.umbrellanek.org/kingdom-child-care-connection.
NEKCA – Among the many community services Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA) offers, they have two Parent Child Centers: North, located in Newport; and South, located in St. Johnsbury. www.nekcavt.org.
NEKCA Parent Child Center North – Offers early childhood programs including a family education program/parenting groups, parent information resource center to give parents the tools they need to actively support their child’s education and child-are support services for child-care referrals and training for child-care providers. 70 Main Street, Newport, VT 05855. For information, contact: 802-334-7316 or www.nekcavt.org/index.php/parent-child-centers.
NEKCA Parent Child Center South – Hosts three preschool classrooms, two that provide part- and full-day options and a third specifically for 3-year-olds that operates three days a week for four hours a day during the school calendar. Preschool programs are offered through the collaboration of NEKCA, St. Johnsbury School District and Head Start. Other early childhood services include playgroups for ages 0-5 and home-visit services for ages 0-6 that meet income eligibility requirements. 115 Lincoln Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. For information, contact: 802-748-6040 or www.nekcavt.org/index.php/parent-child-centers.
Vermont Department of Education – The Dept. of Education, individually and in collaboration with a number of other organizations, supports early education initiatives in many ways. Vermont school districts have the option of providing publicly funded prekindergarten (preK) education for 3- to 5-year-olds by establishing partnerships with qualified early care and education programs, by operating a preK program directly or by doing both. In addition to publicly funded prekindergarten education, there are an assortment of other programs including Early Education Initiative, Essential Early Education, Even Start Family Literacy and Title I Preschool/Migrant Preschool Services. For more information on these programs and other statewide resources, contact: 802-479-1030 or click here.
Elementary & Secondary Education
PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEMS:
Our public school systems include complete facilities from pre-kindergarten through the 12th grade, Head Start and summer school programs. Two of our local high schools, St. Johnsbury Academy and Lyndon Institute, are operated semi-public/private, meaning they are private secondary schools with tuition provided by the town to its residents. Students come from all over for these co-educational schools, grades 9-12.
Blue Mountain Union School District – Offers grades PreK-12, with Blue Mountain Union High School in Wells River serving grades 9-12. 2420 Route 302, Wells River, VT 05081. For information, contact: 802-757-2711 or www.bmuschool.org.
Caledonia Central Supervisory Union – Offers grades Pre-K-12th grade, with Danville High School serving grades 9-12, includes Barnet, Danville, Peacham and Walden schools. P.O. Box 216, Danville, VT 05828. For information, contact: 802-684-3801 or www.ccsuonline.org.
Caledonia North Supervisory Union – Offers grades Pre-K-8th grade. (Lyndon Institute is primarily chosen for high school tuition.) Includes Burke Town, Lyndon Town, Newark Street, Miller's Run and Sutton Village schools. P.O. Box 107, Lyndonville, VT 05851. For information, contact: 802-626-5262 or www.cnsuschools.org.
Essex-Caledonia Supervisory Union – Offers grades Pre-K-12th grade, with Concord High School serving grades 9-12, includes Concord, Guildhall Elementary, Lunenburg and Waterford Elementary schools. P.O. Box 255, Concord, VT 05824. For information, contact: 802-695-3373.
Essex North Supervisory Union – Offers grades Pre-K-12th grade, with Canaan Schools serving grades 9-12, includes Bloomfield, Brunswick, Canaan, Lemington and Norton schools. P.O. Box 100, Canaan, VT 05903. For information, contact: 802-266-3330 or www.ensuvt.org.
Orleans Central Supervisory Union – Offers grades Pre-K-12th grade, with Lake Region Union High School in Orleans serving grades 9-12, includes Albany Community, Barton Academy and Graded School, Brownington Central, Glover Community, Irasburg Village, Lake Region Union High, Orleans Central Early Childhood Program and Orleans Elementary schools. 130 Kinsey Road, Barton, VT 05822. For information, contact: 802-525-1204 or www.ocsu.org.
Orleans-Essex North Supervisory Union – Offers grades Pre-K-12th grade, with North Country Union High School in Newport serving grades 9-12, includes Brighton Elementary, Charleston Elementary, Coventry Village, Derby Elementary, Holland Elementary, Jay Westfield Joint Elementary, Lowell Graded, Newport City Elementary, Newport Town, North Country Career Center, North Country Union High and Junior High, and Troy schools. 121 Dutchess Ave., Newport, VT 05855. For information, contact: 802-334-5847.
Orleans Southwest District – Offers grades Pre-K-12th grade, with Hazen Union High School in Hardwick and Craftsbury Academy serving grades 9-12, includes Craftsbury, Hardwick, Hazen Union, Lakeview Elementary, Wolcott Elementary and Woodbury Elementary schools. P.O. Box 338, 156 Daniels Road, Hardwick, VT 05843. For information, contact: 802-472-6531 or www.ossu.org.
St. Johnsbury School District – Offers grades Pre-K-8th grade. (St. Johnsbury Academy is primarily chosen for high school tuition.) 257 Western Ave., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. For information, contact: 802-748-8912 or www.stjsd.org.
Arlington School – A state-approved independent day school for grades 9-12 that provides educational, vocational and community-based services for non-traditional learners with specific learning needs. 125 School St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. For information, contact: 802-748-4424 or www.nfivermont.org.
Burke Mountain Academy – A college preparatory program for grades 8-post graduate, BMA provides an environment to pursue excellence in ski racing, academics and community life. More than 40 graduates have represented the U.S. on Olympic teams. Athletes train on Burke Mountain. 60 Alpine Lane, East Burke, VT 05832. For information, contact: 802-626-5607 or www.burkemtnacademy.org.
Caledonia Christian School – Serves grades K-10. The school's goal is to develop not only excellence in the academic portion of a student's experience but also focus on character development, nature studies, spiritual growth and instruction in the arts. The school offers traditional academics, religious teaching and an array of outdoor activities and trips in a safe and secure small setting. 54 Southard St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. For information, contact: David Knott, headmaster, at 802-748-9528.
The Cornerstone School – An independent day school for grades K-8 serving students with emotional, developmental/learning disabilities and other health impairments. The program’s allocated annual enrollment is around 35 students. Cornerstone School is operated by NFI (Northeast Family Institute) for behaviorally challenged students. 510 Portland St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. For information, contact: 802-748-6282 or www.nfivermont.org.
East Burke School – A private school for grades 8-12. The academic program at East Burke School consists of a standard high school curriculum that combines traditional and experiential elements. 116 VT Route 114, P.O. Box 228, East Burke, VT 05832. For information, contact: 802-626-8317 or www.eastburkeschool.org.
Good Shepherd Catholic School – A Diocesan, Catholic School, grades PreK-8, using a standards-based curriculum with daily instruction in religion and weekly instruction in French, Physical Education, Art, Music and Library. Christian values are the basis for character education throughout the school day. 121 Maple St., St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. For information, contact: 802-751-8223 or www.goodshepherdschoolvt.org.
Lyndon Institute – An independent, co-educational day and boarding school, enrolling students in grades 9-12, with courses in college preparatory, business and technical education, as well as a strong arts program. LI offers over 130 courses at four levels, Division II athletics and 20 extracurricular organizations, providing opportunities in the arts, scholastics and leadership. 168 Institute Circle, P.O. Box 127, Lyndon Center, VT 05850. For information, contact: 802-535-3636 or www.lyndoninstitute.org.
The Riverside School – A premier day school for grades Pre-K-8th grade. Riverside challenges students to meet their highest potential and invite them to make choices about their course of study and independent learning. Riverside helps students to find delight in the blend of arts, academic, physical and social activities. 30 Lily Pond Rd., Lyndonville, VT 05851. For information, contact: 802-626-8552 or www.theriversideschool.org.
St. Johnsbury Academy – A comprehensive independent secondary school serving a wide range of students, grades 9-12. The Academy serves as the area technical school. Since the Academy serves both as a day and boarding school, it provides its students with culturally rich experience academically, culturally and athletically. During the summer, the AP Institute brings in around 500 students from around the country. 1000 Main St., P.O. Box 906, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. For information, contact: 802-748-8171 or www.stjacademy.org.
Thaddeus Stevens School – For grades 2-8, their approach to education embraces three important elements: a curriculum rich with diverse approaches for intellectual growth and achievement, an atmosphere that values children and encourages civic development and a safe environment for fostering emotional health. 39 Luther Circle, P.O. Box 274, Lyndon Center, VT 05850. For information, contact: 802-626-0370 or www.thaddeusstevensschool.com.
United Christian Academy – An interdenominational Christian Day & Boarding School for grades K-12, located in Newport, serving children from the Northeast Kingdom and throughout the world. Built on the classical educational model. 65 School St., Newport, VT 05855. For information, contact: 802-334-3112 or www.ucaeducation.org.
VT Turning Points School – A psychoeducational day treatment program for youth, grades 1-12, with emotional and behavioral challenges and learning disabilities. The program’s allocated annual enrollment is around 35 students. 158 Meade Hill, Morgan, VT 05853. For information, contact: 802-895-2541 or www.nafi.com. Parents who home school have a local support network as well as resources available from the Department of Education. www.education.vermont.gov/vermont-schools/school-operations/home-study.
The Northeast Kingdom has many local colleges and other programs for furthering higher education and training. Our private and state colleges offer diversified educational and degree programs.
Vermont Adult Technical Education – Comprised of St. Johnsbury Academy and Lyndon Institute, www.vtate.org, provides a central location for all information relating to adult technical education in the region, offering on-site and on-line classes along with off-site classes. For information, contact: Academy at 802-748-7738 or www.ed2go.com/stjacademy or Institute at 802-535-3695 or www.ed2go.com/li.
Community College of Vermont (CCV) – An accessible, affordable and student-centered college, serving 9,000 students each year. A Vermont State College, CCV offers associate degree and certificate programs, as well as a wide selection of day, evening and online courses. Students may enroll part or full time in December, March and July for the upcoming semester. Financial Aid is available. On-line and state-wide locations including Newport and St. Johnsbury. 100 Main St.-Ste.150, Newport, VT 05855. 1197 Main St.-Ste. 3, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. For information, contact: 802-334-3387 (Newport), 802-748-6673 (St. Johnsbury) or www.ccv.edu.
Lyndon State College/Northern Vermont University-Lyndon Campus (LSC) – A comprehensive, four-year college whose mission is to prepare every student for personal and professional success through experience-based, high-quality programs in the liberal arts and professional studies. Lyndon serves a wide range of students and is home to nationally competitive professional programs, including Atmospheric Sciences, Mountain Recreational Management, Exercise Science and Television Studies. 1001 College Road, Lyndonville, VT 05851. For information, contact: 802-626-6200 or www.lyndonstate.edu.
Northeast Kingdom Learning Services, Inc. – Provides an array of educational programs to the general public, both young and old, with learning centers in Canaan, Hardwick, Island Pond, Newport and St. Johnsbury. 55 Seymour Lane, Ste. 11, Newport, VT 05855. For information, contact: 802-334-6532 or neklsvt.org.
Springfield College – A fully staffed satellite campus of Springfield College (Springfield, Mass.), offering a bachelor of science degree in human services with an optimal concentration in Addiction Studies, added concentration in early childhood education and two master of science degree programs. Weekend classes for working adults. 347 Emerson Falls Road, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819. For information, contact: 802-748-5402 or www.springfield.edu/shs.
Sterling College – A four-year liberal arts college combining structured academics, hands-on experiential challenges and plain hard work into a curriculum deeply rooted in environmental studies. The college offers interdisciplinary studies, a comprehensive internship program, global field studies and a campus-wide Work-Learning-Service program. Academic majors: Conservation Ecology, Sustainable Agriculture, Outdoor Education and Leadership, Circumpolar Studies and self-design studies. Financial aid is available. 16 Sterling Drive, Craftsbury Common, VT 05827. For information, contact: 802-586-7711 or www.sterling.edu.