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St. Johnsbury Academy
Coed, Day & Boarding, College preparatory
1000 Main Street,St. Johnsbury, VT 05819-0906
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Basic information

Founded Year: 1842

Campus Size: 150 acres

Grades Offered: 9-12,PG

Accredited by: NEASC, NAIS, VISS,

Student #: Boarding #260, Day #680, Total# 940

International Students:15% (from 30 countries)


Academic related:

Average Class Size: 12       

Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:8

Number of AP Courses: 29AP

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 77%

ESL: offer summer program


100% college acceptance!

  • 100% of SJA graduates are admitted to a 4-year college or university
  • Test Site for: PSAT, SAT, ACT
  • Students at all grade levels have access to college counselors
  • College and university representatives visit campus frequently.

School highlights

  • Offer over 220 academic courses at four levels of difficulty including 29 AP courses.
  • All students participate in 1:1 iPad program.
  • Maker's Lab available for student use.
  • More than 40 visual and performing arts offerings
  • Excellent athletics program with 48 interscholastic teams
  • There are more than 30 organized clubs and activities.
  • Special programs: Robotics, Engineering design, Biotechnical Engineering, Architecture, Fashion Design, Astronomy and Weather Science , Forensics, computer science, programming, Game Design, filmmaking



The Campus is in a beautiful small-town setting in New England area, about 2 hour’s drive to Boston. The population of St. Johnsbury is approximately 6,200. St. Johnsbury was named #1 Small Town for Adventure by National Geographic magazine. Nearest airport: BostonMA; Burlington (BVT), VT Manchester (MNH).



The school facilities are great! The campus comprises 30 buildings, a brand new library, arts center, technology center, five playing fields, and all-weather track. Indoor athletics facilities include the Alumni Gymnasium, Field House, and Farmer Natatorium.


About School

St. Johnsbury Academy is an independent, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 9 to 12 and a post-graduate year. A nonprofit institution, the Academy is governed by a self-perpetuating, 21-member Board of Trustees. The Academy provides opportunities for its students to gain an understanding in those studies that provide a life foundation for the free citizen, enabling each Academy graduate to be intellectually self-reliant and to function as a constructive, moral member of society.


St. Johnsbury Academy is a member of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England, and the Vermont Independent Schools Association. In addition, the Academy is a member of the College Entrance Examination Board and has been designated by that body as an Examination Center.


Academic Courses:

ENGLISHEnglish 1~8; English literature, Communications, Rhetoric and Composition, Media Studies and Production, Public Speaking, Creative Writing, College Writing, Yearbook

SOCIAL STUDIES Humanities, US History, US Government & Economics, Microeconomics, World Civilizations, European History, Psychology, Contemporary Issues, Philosophy, Geography

MATHAlgebra, Trigonometry, Geometry, Calculus, Statistics, Functions, Probability, Programming JAVA, Linear Algebra, Computer science

FOREIGN LANGUAGESChinese, French, Japanese, Latin, Spanish, ESL

SCIENCESBiology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Anatomy & Physiology, Astronomy and Weather Science , Forensics

STEMRobotics, Engineering Design, Engineering Design and Development, Digital Electronics, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Biotechnical Engineering

VISUAL ARTSDrawing and Painting, Oil Painting, Water-Based Painting, Anatomy and Figure Drawing, Printmaking, Clay, Sculpture, Fashion Design, Game Design, Portfolio, Digital Graphics and Design, Filmmaking, Photography

MUSICBand, Chorus, Jazz Band, String ensemble, Guitar, Music Theory, Music Appreciation

THEATERActing, Stagecraft

DANCETango, Waltz, Square Dancing, Salsa, Jazz, Hip Hop, Ballet, Advanced Dance, Dance Training for the Athlete

HEALTHNutrition and Personal Fitness, Sports Medicine


High Level Academic courses

St. Johnsbury Academy offers a 220-course+ curriculum, which includes 29 Advanced Placement courses, 15 comprehensive technology-based programs, 40 courses in the fine and performing arts, college-level engineering, five languages, and an award winning technical education department. All academic departments offer courses at three levels: basic, standard, and accelerated. Many departments also offer AP-level courses.



The AP Capstone™ program is a two-course sequence of AP Seminar and AP Research that allows students to explore real-world issues while developing the analytic, research, problem solving, and communication skills that colleges look for in an applicant.


The domain of the course will include three main components:

   1. Problem-solving: Discipline-specific research methods, field research, and critical inquiry

   2. Communication: Discipline-specific writing formats, editing, revision, and public speaking

   3. Citizenship: Self-management strategies and analysis of community needs. Defining the characteristics of a professional and acting and producing to that definition.



The Academic Support and Enrichment Services Center (Learning Center) is professionally staffed with faculty representing core disciplines. The Center offers a resource for students to seek support as well as enrichment to pursue their academic interests and realize their potential. Students can access the Center during their unscheduled blocks or study halls.



Grades are reported to students and parents four times a year: Mid-semester and at the end of each academic term. Report cards consist of a list of courses taken, the teacher of each course, and the grade or grades for the period being reported.


STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Courses

The STeM Program is an elective, multifaceted system of guidance, coursework, work experience, mentoring, and training for students and teachers that provides students with a pre-university experience in engineering.


Biomedical and Health Sciences Program

Students must also take part in an approved internship as part of a clinical or patient care experience (either during or outside of the school day), and complete a related senior capstone project mentored by the program advisor.




AP Capstone Program (AP Seminar and AP Research), English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, United States History, European History, United States Government and Politics, Microeconomics, Psychology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Computer Science A, Computer Science Principles, Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics 2, Physics C: Mechanics, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Environmental Science, Drawing and Painting, Studio Art 2D, Studio Art 3D, Music Theory, French Language and Culture, Spanish Language, Japanese Language and Culture, Latin


Athletics and Sports:

Baseball, Tennis, Basketball, Softball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Golf, Football, Cross Country, Track and Field, Field Hockey, Ice hockey, Alpine Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Wrestling, Cheerleading, Gymnastics, Indoor track, Ultimate



There are 48 interscholastic teams with most teams participating in the Vermont Division 1 Metro-conference.20 Intramural sports offerings. Geographically, the academy competes in both the Northern Vermont Athletic Conference (NVAC) Mountain and the NVAC East Leagues depending on the sport. It usually competes in Division I by size.


The boys' track and field team has won 30 Division I state championships, most recently in 2012.

The boys' indoor track and field team won Division I state championship for the first time in 2012.

The girl's indoor track and field team won Division 1 state championships in 2015 and 2016.

The girl's outdoor track and field team won Division 1 state championships in 2015 and 2016.

The boys' baseball team won the Vermont state championship for Division I in 1993 and 2006.

The softball team won the Vermont state championship for Division 2 in 1984 and 1986.

The boys' basketball team won the Vermont State championship for Division I in 1981, 1982 and 1997

The girls' basketball team won the Vermont State Championships for Division I in 2010.

The boys' ice hockey team won the Vermont State Championships for Division 3 in 1994, 1996, 2001 and 2003.


The football team won the Vermont state championship for Division I in 1966 and 1968.

The football team won the Vermont state championship for Division II in 1961, 1982 and 1994.

The football team also competes in one of New England's oldest football rivalries. In 1894 the first game was played between St. Johnsbury Academy and Lyndon Institute.

In 2015 more than 100 games have been played between the two schools, with the Academy winning 60, the Institute winning 44, with six ties.


Clubs and Organizations:

Anime ClubBells AngelsBreathing RoomCar ClubCeramics ClubChallenge Course ClubChess ClubChinese ClubCommunity Service Resource ClubDance ClubDungeons & Dragons ClubDynamic Youth MentorsEnvironmental ClubFashion ClubFuture Farmers of AmericaFrench ClubHilltonesHip Hop ClubIntaglio SocietyIntramural AthleticsJapan ClubJazz Appreciation ClubKnitting/Quilting ClubMath ClubModel UNMountain Biking ClubOuting ClubPhoto LabPottery ClubReal Time StrategyRobotics ClubScholar's BowlSkills USA

Spanish ClubStudent Art LeagueSwim ClubTennis ClubWriter's BlockYearbook (The Lamp)

Yoga ClubYouth Health Services


Colleges attended by our student

Harvard University        UC Berkeley

Columbia University       Cornell University

Emory University          Princeton University

Stanford University        New York U (2)

Johns Hopkins U (3)       Boston College (2)

Boston University (3)      Brandeis University

Carnegie Mellon U        Tufts University

College of William and Mary

Wesleyan University


Dorm life(% Students Boarding30%; )

Dorm Amenities: Laundry Facilities, Lounge, Wireless Internet

Boarding students come from 15 states and 30 countries.

Nestled at one end of Main Street, our campus is home to students from across the country and the world, creating a global community. Eight dormitories are spread around the Academy campus, four each for boys and girls.  Different in size and personality, each dorm houses faculty advisors, their families, and students. Resident students have access to all the facilities on campus and are within walking distance to movie theatres, restaurants, and shops.


Through the Resident Life Office, students can take advantage of weekend travel opportunities, local ski areas, recreation and arts.  We are also close to the larger metropolitan cities of Burlington, Boston and Montreal Canada.


At the Academy, boarding students have the opportunity to live in a global community within the safety and security of a small Vermont town.  The integration of our boarding students, with our regional day students, creates a unique school culture.  We provide opportunities for our students to share their language, life experience, and traditions with each other and the broader community of their families, area elementary schools, and residents.


Each weekend, the Resident Program schedules activities for resident students. These activities occur almost every Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday. In addition to the sporting, choral, theater and other events taking place on campus, the Resident Program organizes: Day trips to Boston and Montreal Skiing and snowboarding every weekend in the winter (the nearest mountain is 25 minutes away!) Shopping at the outlets in North Conway, NH Sightseeing in Burlington, VT Rockclimbing Go-cart racing Miniature golf Paintball Battle of the Bands Dances ... and many others!


All resident students are required to participate in an afternoon activity for at least an hour each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.



Notable alumni

Calvin Coolidge (1891), 30th president of the United States 1923-1929.

Albert W. Barney (1938), Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court

Susan Dunklee, U.S. team member for the 2014 Winter Olympics

Charles Edward Russell (1881), muckraking journalist, NAACP co-founder, and 1927 Pulitzer Prize winner

John L. Bacon (1881), Chelsea and Hartford banker and Vermont State Treasurer

A postgraduate student, he had previously failed the entrance exam for Amherst College. He was given a certificate after one term at St. Johnsbury and was accepted at Amherst.

Taylor Coppenrath (2000), professional basketball player

Franklin Fairbanks, attendee; president of E & T Fairbanks and Company, donated Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

Josiah Grout, Governor of Vermont 1896-1898; was attending Academy when the Civil War broke out and he enlisted

Edwin Osgood Grover (1890), publisher and educator

Charles Hosmer Morse (1850), founder of Fairbanks-Morse

Graham S. Newell (1933), member of the Vermont State Senate and Vermont House of Representatives

Edwin Wallace Parker (c. 1851), bishop of the American Methodist Episcopal Mission

George H. Prouty (c. 1880), Governor of Vermont 1906-1908

Linda Richards (attended 1856-7), America's first trained nurse

Jonathan Ross, US Senator from Vermont

Robert Holbrook Smith (1898), co-founder, Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935

Charles W. Waterman, United States Senator from Colorado, 1927-1932

Sterry R. Waterman (1918), Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1955–1970

Charles Woodruff (1860s), fought in American Civil War; Brigadier General, US Army


Admission requirement:



Application deadline:

January 15 (or based on space availability)



Tuition and Board for international students:

Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $51,560 for boarding students and $16,315 for day students.

Fees for ESL Instruction are $4,750 for the school year and $6,500 for Summer ESL.  The Guided Studies program fee is $8,400 for the school year.



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