Rock Point School

1 Rock Point Road
Burlington, VT 05408
Rock Point School is a small, supportive day and boarding school for high school students who have not found success in other more traditional school settings.
Rock Point is a place where young people - who have found themselves off-track academically, socially, and personally - are seen for who they are, take healthy risks, grow, find success, and discover their passion. Located in beautiful and culturally rich Burlington, VT, we offer high school students small, engaging classes, experiential learning, close relationships with staff, and ongoing opportunities to discover who they are.
Academically, we support a range of learning styles, and work with students to improve their organization, self-advocacy, and study skills.
In our dorm program, we encourage our students to have fun, laugh, try new things, make friends, and discover what excites them -- whether it be snowboarding, digital animation, or playing music.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 34 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $72,700
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $36,590
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Rock Point School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 287 schools) for:

Student Attention

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Rock Point School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
School Type
ADD/ADHD Support
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded
Campus Size
130 acres
126 acres

Student Body

34 students
315 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
Average Class Size
8 students
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
ESL Courses Offered
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$2.1 million
$27 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(This includes all room and board as well as weekend trips and activities. Week-long trips and some skiing and snowboarding may require additional fees.)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Summer Program Cost
(Financial aid is available. This is the boarding rate. )
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
Director of Admissions
Hillary Kramer
Associate Director of Admissions
Laura Abrams


# Interscholastic Sports Offered


Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club or Organization:
Creative Writing, GSA, School Play, Spirit Committee, yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Stained Glass

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Skateboarding, Skiing, Snowboarding, Ultimate Frisbee, Yoga

School Notes

  • Academic Courses:  Each year, Rock Point students take a class in each of our five core content areas: English, Math, History, Science, and Art.
  • During the day, students have one hour of supervised study hall when all teachers are available to continue to provide support and instruction.
  • Students also take electives (in the past we have offered photography, music, drama, movement, makers' space, and fiber arts). Students often look forward to these electives classes as a chance to connect with their core classroom teachers and their peers in a more relaxed and creative setting.
  • Core Learning Skills:  Some skills are practiced primarily in the classroom, although they can be applied more broadly: writing, critical thinking, note-taking, test-preparation, and test-taking. Other skills are practiced everywhere in our program, as we help students learn to manage their time, maintain healthy relationships, and develop essential character traits like compassion, creativity, and resilience. More and more current educational research is discovering that these are the skills that most reliably lead to success in any learning environment; at Rock Point School, we have been operating on that belief for decades.
  • Tailored to the Individual:  At Rock Point School, we are serious about considering the particular strengths and challenges of each student in every aspect of our program. Our small size allows us to be more flexible, responsive, and nuanced than larger institutions. While we believe that all students benefit from a learning environment where they are more fully known by their teachers, experience has shown us that certain students seem to need this more than others. For some, being truly known allows them to grow and change in ways they had never dreamed were possible.
  • Life outside of class: The dorm staff shares their love for outdoor adventure and the arts, as well as just spending time with students. Every weekend there is a range of activities offered at the school, in the amazing college town of Burlington, and throughout Vermont and upstate New York.  These include skiing/snowboarding, hiking, biking, cooking and baking, gardening, community service projects, watching sporting events, and attending art shows, poetry slams, music events, and plays. We have gone backpacking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, whitewater rafting on the Hudson River, and explored Montreal. 
  • Trips:  We travel both far afield and close to home. Students have opportunities to go on trips throughout Vermont, as well as to Montreal, Ottawa, Boston, New Hampshire, New York, and Maine. Each year,  we try to offer a week-long trip to a location a bit farther away. Recently, we have started a yearly trip to Alabama and Georgia as part of our study of the Civil Rights movement.
  • Teaching Healthy Living:  The personal, emotional, and social well-being of every student is as important as his or her achievement in the classroom.  In everyday life at Rock Point School, students explore their physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Through work crews, study halls in the evening, and all kinds of fun activities, students learn to manage their time and find a healthy balance between work and play.  Our activities in the dorm are geared toward art and culture, outdoor recreation, and community service.  Throughout these areas, we teach students about the basics of self-care: getting enough exercise, getting enough rest, paying attention to nutrition, and having healthy ways to relax and de-stress.
  • Summer Session:  At Rock Point, we offer a fun, exciting, and supportive place for students to spend their summer. Whether they need to make up academic credit, or simply want to build organizational skills, study habits, and social skills, as well as live in a structured community setting, our summer session is a great option. We especially enjoy the way Burlington, Vermont comes alive in the summertime.  And, just as in our regular-year program, the summer session emphasizes healthy relationships with staff, learning to be good members of a community, a range of fun activities, and a chance to build academic skills.
  • Rock Point School accreditations: NEAS&C, TABS, ISANNE,
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • James Graham - CEO and Founder of Community Phone
    • Jo Dee Messina - Country Singer, winner of Academy of Country Music's Top Female Artist of the year, and the CMA's Horizon Award.
    • Pamela Rae Schuller - Internationally known disability and mental health advocate and professional stand-up comedian.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Rock Point School cost?
Rock Point School's tuition is approximately $72,700 for boarding students and $36,590 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of Rock Point School?
The acceptance rate of Rock Point School is 75%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 60%.
Who are famous alumni from Rock Point School?
Rock Point School famous alumni include: James Graham, Jo Dee Messina and Pamela Rae Schuller.
What sports does Rock Point School offer?
Rock Point School offers 1 interscholastic sports: Ultimate Frisbee.
Does Rock Point School offer a summer program?
Yes, Rock Point School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Rock Point School's ranking?
Rock Point School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Small student body (number of students) and Small average class sizes.
When is the application deadline for Rock Point School?
The application deadline for Rock Point School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 34 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $72,700
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $36,590
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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