Why SMS?

Why SMS?

At SMS, we believe that students should not have to choose between excelling academically and achieving their athletic dreams. 
With options for both boarding and day students, SMS combines our top-tier academic and athletic offerings with a full community life to fulfill our mission: to provide a unique environment that offers each student the opportunity to pursue excellence in competitive winter sports and college preparatory academics while developing strong personal values.
Contact our Admissions Team (802-859-1103) to schedule a visit and learn more about the full term program at SMS.

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  • Rich and Varied Campus Life

    With 48 different courses and counting, a wide selection of fall and spring sports, and numerous community activities, SMS students find their days filled with a variety of activities. Our school may be small, but we offer a plethora of choices in academics, athletics, and student life.
  • Students Learn Independence and Self Motivation

    SMS alumni enter college with a strong ability to endure the rigors of a college curriculum.   In a survey of recent graduates, one alumnus said, “I am well prepared for my college courses because of the excellent preparation I received from the teachers at SMS.  They encouraged self advocacy and taught me how to communicate effectively."
  • Highly Qualified Teachers and Coaches

    At SMS, we feel strongly that our professional educators should focus on their area of expertise.  Our teaching faculty’s qualifications are unparalleled; 70% of our teachers hold a least a master's degree, and every member of our coaching staff is certified by the US Ski and Snowboard Association. 
  • Access to the College of Your Choice

    Each year, our graduates are accepted at numerous top-tier colleges and universities. The SMS Class of 2022 graduated 30 students who were accepted to a wide variety of highly competitive schools, including Dartmouth, Middlebury, UVM, Cornell and Williams.
  • Academic Support while Traveling

    Students and teachers stay connected on class web pages + video calls, and email. SMS students master time management and remote learning to strive for excellence in both academics and athletics.
  • Access to Cutting-Edge Technology

    At SMS, we have refined remote learning practices to support students during their busy competition season. Teachers and students utilize the latest technology both in the classroom and while on the road.  Our STEM lab features a 3D printer, Glowforge, and two state of the art computers for students to use InDesign.
  • An Environment of Motivation

    The SMS community focuses on high effort and high achievement among all of its members.  SMS celebrates each individuals' victories in all aspects of their life, including personal, social, academic or athletic. 
  • Support Network to Ensure Success

    In addition to the coaches and teachers, each student has an advisor who guides them through their SMS experience. Advisors help students choose courses, and provide counsel on academic, social, and extracurricular pursuits.
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.