We encourage all of our students to take advantage of any of numerous opportunities to make the most of their high school years. Exploring one’s interests in high school is rewarding intrinsically and it can also build knowledge and experiences that may benefit the student in the application process. Please note that we do not encourage students to be involved in activities merely to build a resume for a college application. Rather, we find that students enjoy developing their personal interests which can have the added benefit of strengthening a college application.

A partial list of opportunities that TSA students enjoy is found below.


  • Independent Studies: Students may take outside classes or study a topic on their own, either under the guidance of a TSA faculty member or an outside community member. Students need to write a proposal for their proposed Independent Study.  Please speak to Florence Tolbert for proposal guidelines.
  • UVM’s Math department has a number of opportunities available to high school students each year. TSA students participate regularly in the Prize Math Exam, for example.
  • College level courses: Students may take a college-level course tuition-free at a variety of local institutions, including Dartmouth College (begining junior year–watch the newsletter for announcements), the University of Vermont, and the Community College of Vermont (CCV). Students in 10th and 11th grade are encouraged to take the Introduction to College Studies course at CCV, which earns a voucher to take an additional course at a number of Vermont colleges.
  • CRREL is proud to sponsor the Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) to provide a unique opportunity to area high-school JUNIORS with an aptitude for math and science. Students work on a one-to-one basis with a CRREL scientist or engineer, who acts as a mentor. Students learn techniques for dealing with scientific and engineering problems and may have the opportunity to use highly sophisticated equipment. During the summer the students gain valuable on-the-job experience and information to help them make important career choices. Each student presents a poster at an end-of-summer poster session, summarizing his or her project. If interested, students may work part-time during the school year and may be eligible to remain temporarily employed with CRREL throughout their Bachelor degree program. Apprenticeships are located at CRREL, 72 Lyme Road, Hanover, New Hampshire.  Please contact lourie.a.herrin@usace.army.mil with questions.


Summer college programs can be a great way to get a start on the college experience. Students can get high school or college credit for these courses. Examples:
  • Washington University in St. Louis High School Summer Experiences: Take two college courses or explore Pre-Medicine, Writing, Pre-Engineering or Business. summerexperiences.wustl.edu or call toll free: 866-209-0691
  • University of Rochester Eastman School of Music is offering music camp for middle and high school students. Programs are available in jazz, strings, voice or guitar. See www.esm.rochester.edu/keuka for applications and scholarship information.
  • Marlboro (pre)College Summer Programs are available throughout the summer on a variety of topics. Priority application deadline: March 1. For more information see marlboro.edu/summer



TSA invites all students to participate in our team sports. See the athletics page for more information.


Theater and the Arts:

TSA has a strong tradition in this area with many opportunities for students. See the Program of Studies for more information.



There are many opportunities for leadership within the school, although they may not be traditional areas of leadership as seen in other schools. We encourage students to take leadership roles in a variety of contexts. These range from Student Government to directorial positions during the musical theater interim.


Community Service:

Students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service per year. This can be a wonderful opportunity for students to gain experience in a field of interest to them while also contributing to the broader community.



Many of our students choose to travel abroad or within the US to enhance their educational experience. If students would like to travel during a time that would cause them to miss school, they should refer to  our Student Travel page.