Students in grades 7 and 8 who want to attend SMS during the winter season, can be part of a special program intended to introduce them to the demands and rewards of a winter sports academy.
This exciting program runs from November to April, during the height of the on-snow training and the winter competition season.
Winter Term is the ideal program for seventh and eighth graders who are considering pursuing their winter sport on a full time basis. This allows them to access world class coaching and high level training while in middle school. Our Academic Dean works closely with each student's home school to establish clear expectations, coordinate academic requirements, and report on the student's progress.
SMS provides tutorial support in the student's home school curriculum or integrates them into the SMS academic program. In every case, each student receives a tailored academic program to fit the expectations of their home school, ensuring a seamless return in the spring.
Applicants complete the same Application for Admission for our Winter Term and Full-Term Programs.
Specific academic questions from prospective families and home school counselors/teachers should be directed to Alex Lehmann.
Initial inquiries regarding the Winter Term Program, including admission for the upcoming academic year, should be directed to our Admissions Team (802-856-1103).
Students enrolled in our Winter Term Integrated Program will matriculate into existing, full-year SMS courses. These courses are designed to begin with new material when the Winter Term student arrives. Please note that the student's home school curriculum will not be followed if you choose this option.
Some of the advantages of integrating into our program include a more traditional immersive classroom experience, one that involves a group dynamic that nurtures the exchange of ideas, peer support, and group learning. Our teachers are also very aware of the unique demands on students during the winter months, and our courses are designed to support the ebbs and flows of the busy winter athletic season. SMS recommends integration as much as possible, especially if a student is required to withdraw from their home school while attending SMS for the Winter Term.
Students enrolled in our Winter Term Tutorial Program will receive tutorial support in their home school curriculum. For this approach to be effective, we rely on close and frequent communication with home school teachers and expect willingness on their part to share all materials. In short, the home school MUST provide SMS with all of the course work that the student-athlete is expected to complete while attending SMS.
Please note: The SMS tutors of students following their home school curriculum are not expected to create new curriculum, course work, quizzes, or tests; therefore, full cooperation and support from the home school is essential for a successful tutorial arrangement.
Some Winter Term student will be tutored in some of their home school courses while integrating into some SMS courses. This occurs when a home school determines that the SMS curriculum is similar to their curriculum or otherwise acceptable in one or more of the student's courses, while still requesting that the student follow the home school curriculum in other subject areas.
Please feel free to call the Dean of Academics and Winter Term Coordinator, Alex Lehmann, to discuss these options (802-856-1117).
Stratton Mountain School is an independent boarding and day school that focuses on college preparatory academics and competitive winter sports. Located at the base of Stratton Mountain, SMS is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.