Burr and Burton Academy

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Burr and Burton Academy
Manchester, VT
Type Independent
Religious affiliation(s) Non-sectarian
Established 1829
Headmaster Mark H. Tashjian
Faculty 87
Enrollment 680
Student to teacher ratio 13 to 1
Campus 29 acres (12 ha)
Color(s) Green and gold
Athletics 19 interscholastic sports
Mascot Bulldog

Burr and Burton Academy is an independent, coeducational New England secondary school that serves as the school of choice for 680 students from Manchester and thirteen surrounding communities as well as over 60 students from overseas. Countries represented typically are China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Bolivia and Mexico.

Situated at the foot of Mt. Equinox and overlooking picturesque Manchester Village, Burr and Burton is a school with a proud tradition of educating students of diverse backgrounds and talents in a warm and caring environment that encourages excellence and community.

The trustees and faculty of Burr and Burton are dedicated to upholding the highest academic standards while at the same time seeking the integrated development of all students through aesthetic appreciation, athletic competition, physical well-being and technological competency.

BBA has 3 satellite campuses, Target, Hildene and Mountain Campuses.

Burr and Burton Academy’s Mountain Campus building is now LEED® Platinum Certified, the highest level of green building given by the U.S. Green Building Council and received the Gov.'s award for environmental excellence. All electricity provided by hydro and solar power; all buses powered by biodiesel; hand dryers have replaced paper towels; water bottle filling stations have saved thousands of plastic bottles...and counting.


Established in 1829, the school is committed to educating students of diverse backgrounds and talents. The school strives to widen its cultural breadth by attracting students from various ethnic, racial, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds.

Tuition varies from local commuting students which are paid for by the sending town. Tuition for the 2016-2017 school year is $16,250 for students in our sending towns and $17,250 for students who do not reside in a sending town. International tuition is $43,900 for a boarding international student requiring ESL support.[1]


Outside activities include 19 varsity sports, musical and dramatic presentations, 48 clubs, leadership and service opportunities. Over 85 percent of students participate in after-school activities.[citation needed]


Athletics, physical fitness, and sportsmanship are emphasized. In addition to physical education classes, students have the opportunity to participate in 19 interscholastic sports programs. Offering Teams in 19 Sports: Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country Running, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Softball, Snowboarding, Tennis, Track and Wrestling. Club Sports: Equestrian, Iron, Pointe, Rock Climbing, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball.

The school is a member of the Marble Valley League and competes statewide in Division I/II. Many of the coaches are also classroom teachers.[citation needed]

Burr and Burton Academy has won 43 state championships in the last 10 years.

In the 2008-2009 school year, Burr and Burton Academy set the record for the most State Championships in Vermont in a single year, with 10 out of the 16 sports bringing home the win: Girls' Cross Country, Girls' Dance, Girls' Basketball, Boys' and Girls' Snowboarding, Boys' Alpine Skiing, Girls' Hockey, Boys' Golf, Girls' Tennis, and Boys' Lacrosse. The previous record was 7.

Athletic facilities include the Judy McCormick Taylor Field, Pettibone Field, the Upper Field, the Ropes Course, and the E.H. Henry Physical Education Center. Athletic teams also have use of the facilities at the Dana L. Thompson Memorial Park in Manchester, and tennis courts at Equinox, EOB, and Murray Hill. The ski teams use nearby Bromley Mountain Ski Area and Wild Wings Nordic Center, the golf team practices at the Manchester Country Club, and the hockey teams uses Riley Rink at Hunter Park.


With over 160 academic courses along with 14 advanced placement courses to choose from, the academic program provides students with a wide range of vigorous educational experiences and a strong liberal arts foundation, equipping graduates with the skills and understanding necessary for engaged citizenship and lifelong learning.

Media Arts and Sciences[edit]

The Media Arts and Sciences Department, in the Jonathan Levin Center, presents television and radio technology to students. The television studio is one of very few in the country that operates without videotape.[citation needed] Print publications are designed and produced by the students.

The Communications program is unique in that it is staffed entirely by students.[citation needed] As the writers, producers, journalists, and designers, students produce programs and publications for the school and the community.

Independent film courses introduce students to filmmaking. Both short and feature-length films are produced each year.[citation needed]

A multi-camera television studio contains digital television equipment used by the students in the Television News classes to produce the weekly iNews Show, broadcast to the campus and surrounding towns. Five editing suites and a digital audio suite allow students to work on multiple programs at the same time.

The Research Lab courses offer students the opportunity to explore various areas of study in a fast-paced lab environment. Students have explored topics including hydroponics, solar energy, wind energy, and advanced studies in animation, programming, digital art, web publishing, computer and digital hardware, and networking.

Vermont Public Radio broadcasts from the Levin Center.


Students are required to take a full credit course in one of the art disciplines for graduation.

The Arts courses at Burr and Burton Academy are offered through three departments: the Media Arts and Sciences Department, the Performing Arts Department and the Visual/Practical Arts Department. Each program provides unique opportunities for cultural literacy in the major disciplines of Dance, Drama, Music, Photography, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Animation, Robotics, Visual Art, Film, Drafting, Architecture, Woodworking and more. The Performing Arts Department offers over a dozen major performance opportunities throughout the year in addition to a range of classes that emphasize the creative process.[2]


BBA offers Spanish, French, and German with each language containing at least 5 courses along with AP.

Memberships & Accreditations[edit]

NACAC, NEACAC, NAIS, College Board, Independent School Association of Northern New England, Vermont Independent Schools Association, Vermont Principals’ Association.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of Burr and Burton include:


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2008-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-10-24. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 

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Coordinates: 43°09′49″N 73°04′41″W / 43.1636875°N 73.0781602°W / 43.1636875; -73.0781602