Welcome to Peoples Academy

Welcome to Peoples Academy High School. Established in 1847, Peoples Academy served 84 male and female students from eleven different towns. The original school was built in only 40 days for a mere $750. WOW! In September of 1929 the new and beautiful Copley Building opened for school. Copley continues to serve as the high school for close to 350 wonderful students from four nearby towns.

Peoples Academy has a rich tradition of innovation and excellence. Since the beginning, Peoples Academy stressed the importance of both academics and co-curricular activities. A student in the 1850s could take History, Botany, English, Latin and Philosophy, as well as Music, Oil Painting and Drawing. 162 years later, technology class has replaced penmanship but students continue to have a wide variety of opportunity.

In 2000, Peoples Academy was named a “High School on the Move” by the Vermont Department of Education and participated in a renewal effort to continually improve our quality of education. Peoples Academy faculty completed TASS: Teaching All Secondary Students in 2008. This program provided weekly graduate education courses for our staff where improved student learning was the goal. As a result our staff provides unique, advanced and high quality educational experiences to all learners. In 2013, we began our process of moving toward a more personalized and proficiency based learning community. With the help of TASS and the Tarrant Foundation we’ve made great progress, such as becoming a 1:1 personal device school, moving to a Graduation by Proficiency System, and leading the state in dual enrollment and early college success with Vermont Colleges. 

Quite simply, at Peoples Academy the focus is: Success for all learners. The examples of students finding success are endless at Peoples Academy. We believe that our student body deserves various pathways to graduation. This looks like some students taking traditional classes while others design their own. Their learning might take the form of an engaging discussion about Shakespeare or a working internship with a nearby business or community organization. Allowing for multiple pathways to graduation offers students more than one avenue toward achievement.

Enjoy your visit. We have lots to share and many stories to tell.

Philip Grant, Principal

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