Lyndon Institute

PO Box 127, 168 Institute Circle
Lyndon Center, VT 05850
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Founded in 1867, Lyndon Institute is dedicated to providing a unique educational experience for our students that leads to a lifetime of learning and good citizenship.
We are an independent and comprehensive high school for grades 9 12, offering a 150-course curriculum (including 16 AP courses) specializing in core and honors academics, fine and performing arts and career and technical programs. Our mission is to provide thoughtful and rigorous preparation for our students to reach their intellectual, creative and physical potential.
Our learning community is comprised of 500 students; 90% are day students from dozens of area towns and villages and 10% are international boarding students from a dozen countries.
The main 130-acre campus hosts 34 buildings, including the Main Building, Alumni Gymnasium, the 650-seat Alumni Auditorium, the Elliott Memorial Library, the John L. Norris, Jr. Center for the Arts, the Monahan Academic Commons, the Vail Student Center and six dormitories.
The 300-acre Binney Woods forest, located on Burke Mountain, provides outdoor recreation and educational opportunities. Using standards-based instruction crafted from state, national and institutional standards, we create a shared focus on instruction that helps all students achieve college and career readiness. Based on carefully selected assessments, dedication to differentiated instruction, quality professional development and genuine collaboration across teachers, specialist, administrators and parents, Lyndon Institute believes that all students can learn and achieve high standards.
Our students are encouraged to respect and value diversity and to be active and responsible citizens.
In 2009, Lyndon Institute was one of the first two high schools in the U.S. permitted to offer an American high school program in China.
We currently partner with three schools in China (Shaoxing, Heifei, and Fuzhou). LI offers a multi-level ESOL program (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and instruction in Spanish, Latin, French, Chinese and Russian.
Our fine and performing arts program consists of 22 courses in chorus, band, jazz band, world music, AP Music Theory, acting, the LI Theater Company, the LI Dance Company, digital photography, AP Studio Art, drawing, pottery, graphic design, painting, and printmaking.
Between the first and second semesters, for the first two weeks after the holiday vacation, students participate in "January Term" to focus on project-based learning and immerse themselves in an internship or the intensive study of subjects of their choosing. Most of the classes taught during January Term are created by our students.
We offer over 71 interscholastic athletic teams, extracurricular clubs, and programs.
Over 226 State Championships have been earned by our athletes since 2000.
Located in the scenic and historic Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, our school is a key educational and cultural resource for our entire community.
Our students participate in a number of community service projects.
Several on-campus amenities are available to the public: the Bob Heath track (for fitness walking and running); the Simpson Nature Trail (hikes and picnics); the athletic fields (for youth programs); and other facilities host performances and continuing education programs.
LI prides itself on being a positive presence and contributing member of the community. We believe that the primary obligation of our school is to help every student to discover their individual academic, artistic, technological, and athletic aptitudes; to encourage the development of goals appropriate to such aptitude, and to aid in developing the goals for the betterment of one`s self and one`s community.

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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Lyndon InstituteBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG5-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18671907
Campus Size150 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment450 students306 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(School logo apparel or collared shirts. No jeans.)
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio10:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1618
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$11 million$24 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsSara O'Connor
Chad Simpson
Associate Director of AdmissionsLauren Belknap

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2116
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Track, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Winter Track

School Notes

  • Lyndon Institute accreditations: ISANNE, TABS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Judi St. Hilaire - Olympic Athlete
    • Andrew Johnson - Olympic Athlete
    • Moses Pendleton - Founder of dance company MOMIX
    • Walter H. Cleary - Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court

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