Website: www.stjacademy.org
Johnsbury Academy was founded in 1842 by Erastus, Thaddeus, and Joseph Fairbanks to provide "intellectual, moral, and religious training for their own children and the children of the community."  

The school was reincorporated in 1873 in order to accomplish the founders' goal of providing exemplary educational opportunities to a wider range for students, not just those destined for the liberal arts colleges and universities.

By creating a comprehensive school, offering technical training as well as college preparatory studies, the founders created a school that was unique among New England academies. This action greatly changed the character of the school enabling it to serve the educational needs of St. Johnsbury and the surrounding communities. A long standing voucher system, providing area students with educational choice, continues to allow the Academy to enroll the majority of students from the St. Johnsbury area while maintaining its own independence. For more than a century and a half this commitment has remained at the very heart of St. Johnsbury Academy's educational philosophy. Employing authentic and traditional methodologies, the school remains committed to personally relevant instruction.

Johnsbury Academy believes that learning is most effective in a community atmosphere where collaboration and respect for others is part of the common daily business. Small classes, the advisory program, and a diverse offering of extracurricular activities all exist to support this notion of community.

Today St. Johnsbury Academy remains unique among American independent schools in its ability to offer its students a truly comprehensive curriculum. This breadth of curriculum, supported by first rate facilities and the resources to attract an outstanding faculty, has attracted national recognition as well as over 230 boarding students from across the United States and around the world.

Website: www.stjacademy.org
Johnsbury Academy was founded in 1842 by Erastus, Thaddeus, and Joseph Fairbanks to provide "intellectual, moral, and religious training for their own children and the children of the community."  

The school was reincorporated in 1873 in order to accomplish the founders' goal of providing exemplary educational opportunities to a wider range for students, not just those destined for the liberal arts colleges and universities.

By creating a comprehensive school, offering technical training as well as college preparatory studies, the founders created a school that was unique among New England academies. This action greatly changed the character of the school enabling it to serve the educational needs of St. Johnsbury and the surrounding communities. A long standing voucher system, providing area students with educational choice, continues to allow the Academy to enroll the majority of students from the St. Johnsbury area while maintaining its own independence. For more than a century and a half this commitment has remained at the very heart of St. Johnsbury Academy's educational philosophy. Employing authentic and traditional methodologies, the school remains committed to personally relevant instruction.

Johnsbury Academy believes that learning is most effective in a community atmosphere where collaboration and respect for others is part of the common daily business. Small classes, the advisory program, and a diverse offering of extracurricular activities all exist to support this notion of community.

Today St. Johnsbury Academy remains unique among American independent schools in its ability to offer its students a truly comprehensive curriculum. This breadth of curriculum, supported by first rate facilities and the resources to attract an outstanding faculty, has attracted national recognition as well as over 230 boarding students from across the United States and around the world.

Facts

Enrollment

  • The Academy enrolls 928 students in grades 9-12 and post-graduate

Students

  • The student body includes 478 boys and 450 girls
  • There are 672 day students and 256 boarding students
  • Day students come from 50 Vermont and New Hampshire communities
  • Boarding students come from 17 states and 26 countries

Teaching Faculty

  • The student teacher ratio is 8:1, the average class size is 12
  • There are 107 full-time and 16 part-time faculty. 77% hold advanced (Master’s and Ph.D.) degrees

Curriculum

  • The Academy offers more than 200 cours

Academics

Academics

  • There are 23 Advanced Placement subjects offered. In 2013, 198 students took 359 exams. 76.8% of students received a score of 3 and above.
  • 9 Technical programs
  • More than 40 visual and performing arts offerings
  • Six Engineering courses
  • Five foreign languages: Chinese, French, Japanese, Latin, Spanish
  • Technology includes 1:1 iPad program for ninth and tenth grades, with other networks available.
  • There are 48 interscholastic teams. Most teams participate in Division 1 Metro-conference
  • 20 Intramural sports offerings
  • More than 30 organized clubs and activities

Mission & Philosophy

Mission & Philosophy

This is the mission of St. Johnsbury Academy, a diverse, comprehensive, and independent educational community grounded by our traditions, our deep optimism regarding young people, and our commitment to academic excellence:

  • Character:To teach good character by modeling and fostering compassion, respect, responsibility, and integrity.
  • Inquiry: To foster a love for learning by challenging individuals to pursue knowledge, creativity, and intellectual self-reliance.
  • Community: To encourage each individual to understand his or her relationships, rights, and responsibilities within a community that is itself part of the larger world.