Schools in Stowe
Stowe schools are ranked tops in the state, with students consistently scoring above average on performance tests. Stowe High School was ranked the number one high school in Vermont in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best High Schools Ranking 2012.” Nationally, the school ranked 285 out of 21,776 schools. The graduation rate is 90 percent, which is one of the highest in the country. The ranking is based on standardized test results, AP offerings, and the percentage of students taking AP courses and their test results.
The Stowe elementary and middle school always land in the top tier of statewide school rankings based on student-teacher ratios, the number of full-time teachers, and standardized test results.
Teachers, parents, community
Academically, our schools are hard to beat. Our schools are small, intimate, inviting, and stimulating. The teachers, administrative staff, and coaches work together to encourage growth on all levels, helping our kids reach their full potential as students, athletes, and community members.
If you’ve been in town for a decade or so, you’ll notice that there’s virtually no teacher turnover. The teachers seem to enjoy coming to school every day as much as the students. It’s just a fun, inspiring place to be.
From the elementary school to the high school level, students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities, clubs, and year-round sports programs.
Parental involvement and community support of our schools is another big “stand out” component of our successful school program. Education is a huge priority for families and the community as a whole. There is never a shortage of parent volunteers, both in the classroom and on the sports fields.
Athletics also play a big role in the overall school experience. At the elementary school, students are invited to take part in Friday Program, which gives kids a chance to spend the afternoon skiing or snowboarding at the mountain, ice-skating, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, or swimming. Third and fourth graders cross-country ski during their mid-winter gym classes. And if you show up during recess, you’ll find kids outside playing pick-up soccer (or snow soccer during the winter), basketball, and street hockey.
Most of the organized sports programs for elementary-age children are managed by community organizations, such as the Stowe Rec Department, Stowe Soccer Club, and Stowe Youth Hockey.
At the middle- and high-school levels, most kids play at least two sports, sometimes three. Being active, making healthy choices, and taking advantage of our natural resources is a big part of growing up in Stowe, primarily because these values are supported and modeled in the greater community.