The mission of The Sharon Academy is to nurture intelligent, independent, and creative thinking in a small school community, awakening students to their immense potential and the difference they can make in the world.
The Sharon Academy (TSA) is a state-approved, independent day school. We are accredited by the State of Vermont and by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). We are members of the Coalition of Essential Schools, the Vermont Independent School Association, and the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England. Because we are an approved independent school, our tuition fees can be paid by any Vermont town that normally tuitions students to public schools.
Founded in 1996, The Sharon Academy prides itself on being an innovative, academically challenging school that offers all of the advantages of a small school environment and the best of both private and public school education. Our goal is to create a school with high academic standards where students feel safe – a place where students come first, where they are able to be themselves, be accepted socially, and challenged academically. Located in beautiful Sharon, Vermont, we serve 165 students in grades 7-12.
Our curriculum and teaching practices are academically demanding, problem focused, and when possible, connected to real-world endeavors. We emphasize personal responsibility, independent learning, leadership, teamwork and presentation skills across the curriculum.
As our classes are academically rigorous, we do not offer AP classes. Our class sizes are purposefully small to teach to a variety of learning styles. Ability-grouping is utilized only in mathematics and world language.
While completing graduation requirements, students may also pursue personal academic interests outside the traditional classroom through internships, outside courses at local colleges, online courses, travel, and independent study. We consistently challenge our students to take the lead.
Minimum diploma requirements include:
- 4 English credits,
- 3 History and Social Science (including 1 credit of United States History),
- 3 Math credits,
- 3 Science credits (including 2 lab sciences),
- 2 World Language credits,
- 1¼ Art credits (including ¾ studio art credit),
- 1½ Physical Education credits and
- 6¼ credits earned through electives or additional academic courses.
In addition to their class credits, all students must complete a minimum of 40 hours of documented Community Service per year. Students also complete and present two in-depth Exhibitions. The Junior and Senior Exhibitions contain written, visual and oral components. Exhibition assessment is based both on the written component (8–12 pages) and on the knowledge and skill demonstrated in an oral presentation (20-25 minutes) before an audience of faculty and peers.
The town of Sharon is located in Windsor County, Vermont. It is a rural New England town of 1,502 people (census 2010). The nearest urban/suburban area is Lebanon, NH, approximately 19 miles away. Sharon’s population density is 37 persons per square mile.
The school population reflects the demographics of the region; a cross-section of socioeconomic strata. The majority of our students are publicly funded from ten sending towns (Brownsville, Hartland, Pittsfield, Sharon, Stockbridge, Strafford, Tunbridge, Washington, Weathersfield, and West Windsor). Our privately tuitioned students come primarily from Chelsea, Hanover, Norwich, Randolph, and Woodstock.
TSA believes in building community in all our activities: academic, athletic, dramatic, and artistic. We strive to form a community in which staff and students all share a voice, advocating for themselves and for others. Examples of this can be found in our weekly, student-run, all-school meetings; our Community Service graduation requirement; the community-based projects undertaken in the Energy and the Environment course; and the overwhelming student participation in our school interim projects and on our athletic teams.
Through all of our activities, we challenge students to expand their definition of community to include the wider world. We encourage students to actively shape and improve the many interconnected communities to which they belong.