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Schools That Work| Case Study

Montpelier High School

Grades 9-12 | Montpelier, VT

Connecting Student Interests to Real-World Learning

MHS provides opportunities for students to pursue their own interests through community-based learning, service learning projects, a focus on sustainability, and personalized learning plans.
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What This School Is Achieving

Montpelier High School greenhouse

Montpelier High School, a 9-12 public school in Montpelier, Vermont, integrates the theme of sustainability across their curriculum. They have a robust community-based learning program, a major service learning project focused on food production, and a commitment to a daily recess, called MHS Unplugged.

  • #2 ranked high school in Vermont according to US News and World Report
  • “School of Success” from the National Center for Learning and Citizenship (NCLC)
  • 94% graduation rate among all demographic groups  
Montpelier High School greenhouse

How They Do It

Service Learning: Real-Life Applications for Learning

Service Learning: Real-Life Applications for Learning

Montpelier High School's service learning program integrates across the curriculum, utilizing a school greenhouse and gardens to provide food for the school district's lunch program.

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Recess for High School Students

Recess for High School Students

Last year, Montpelier High shifted its schedule to free up 15 minutes -- for recess. Teachers and students find they are more calm and focused, with a camaraderie that continues into the classroom.

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Integrated Studies: Sustainability and Cross-Curricular Connections

Integrated Studies: Sustainability and Cross-Curricular Connections

By connecting the theme of sustainability across multiple disciplines, the teachers at Montpelier High School have built a robust, integrated teaching approach that engages students and creates community.

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Community-Based Learning: Connecting Students With Their World

Community-Based Learning: Connecting Students With Their World

At Montpelier High School, community-based learning focuses on student interest to create internship opportunities that are designed to connect academic learning to the real world.

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Voices From the School

What Is Personalization, Really?

Mike Martin & Adam Bunting
Director of Curriculum + Technology & Principal

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