VERGENNES UNION HIGH SCHOOL

Serving the towns of Addison, ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes & Waltham

A Unified Vision of VUHS

Co-Principals Peter Reynolds & Edwin Webbley

ur purpose as a school community is to develop knowledgeable, responsible, respectful, and healthy
                  individuals who flourish in -- and contribute to -- an ever-changing society.

 

The five-year goal of VUHS is to reach a point where 80% of our graduates go on to higher education. (More to the point, our goal is to successfully prepare those students to thrive in higher education. Equally to the point, we ultimately work towards the 100% level.) The question remains, “What constitutes ‘Higher Education?’’’

 

The following initiatives that we have thus far aimed at our target of 80% Onward.

 

•Performance Graduation Requirements

      • Walden Program

•Teacher Learning Communities

 Understanding by Design (UbD)

  Formative Assessment Project (FAP)

  Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)

    

      • Positive Behavior Supports Program

      • MS Team/HS Tier Support for Students

 

      • Call-back

      • Restorative Justice Practices

      • Morning Meeting

      • Eat Right, Get Fit, Be Smart

      • Governance/Leadership ( Leadership Councils, (BEST)

      • Math-Science Partnership Grant

      • Facilitative Leadership(Critical Friends Group)

      • ANWSU K-12 Writing Initiative

      • School Coach Support

 

      • The 9th Grade “Team” Initiative

      • Content Area Reading & Writing

      • Expeditionary Learning/MS Program

        Additional Math

      • MS Learning Expeditions

        Extended Day (Vergennes After School)

        Summer Summit

 

To learn more about these initiatives and their relationship to all our Transformation initiatives please contact Ed Webbley ewebbley@anwsu.org (802) 877-2938 or Peter Reynolds preynolds@anwsu.org (802) 877-2938.

 

How do VUHS Students perform on the SAT over time?

The SAT is a globally recognized college admission test that lets you show colleges what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math — subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms. Most students take the SAT during their junior or senior year of high school, and almost all colleges and universities use the SAT to make admission decisions.
* Mean and Middle 50th Percent Range: the mean is the arithmetic average of a set of scores. To calculate the mean, the scores are totaled and the sum is divided by the number of scores. extreme score on the  high or low end of the distribution may skew the mean in smaller sets of scores.

 


 

ADVANCED PLACEMENT
The Advanced Placement (AP) Program provides students with the opportunity to complete college-level studies during high school. Many colleges grant credit to students who successfully complete AP courses. In order to receive college credit, a student must take the AP test. VUHS offers courses to prepare students to pass these exams in the areas of Biology, Calculus, Statistics, European History, US History, French Language, Literature & Composition, Language & Composition,

 

Year

Number of students tested

**Graduating Class Summary

           

  Students Requested Scores be Sent to the Following Schools

2009

23

13.1%

Champlain College, Cornell University, New York University,
University of New Hampshire, Wesleyan University, Clarkson University, Emerson College, Northeastern University, University of Vermont

2008

25

13.3%

Carleton College, Middlebury College, Skidmore College, Univ. of New Haven,

University of Vermont, Charleston Southern University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Univ. of Nebraska, Univ. of Maine, Vermont Tech. College

2007

29

8.2%

Castleton State College, Marist College, St. Lawrence University, Suffolk University, University of Vermont, Gettysburg College, McGill University, St. Michaels College, Tufts University

2006

20

8.7%

Bates College, Castleton State College, Florida State College, Green Mountain College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Univ. of California Santa Cruz, Boston College, Dartmouth College, Franklin College Switzerland, Northeastern University, St. Michaels College, University of Maine

2005

23

4.7%

Dartmouth College, Gordon College MA, Marlboro College, Union College, University of Miami, University of Virginia, Dickinson College, Husson College, Rochester Institute of Technology, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, University of Vermont, Wheelock College

**The Graduating Class Summary shows what percentage of your twelfth-graders scored a 3 or higher at any point in their high school years.

 

ACT (College Readiness Test)   

The ACT consists of curriculum-based tests of educational development in English, mathematics, reading, and science designed to measure the skills needed for success in first year college coursework.

 

How do VUHS ACT-tested Students Ready for College-Level Coursework Compare to the State?

 

College English Composition

College Algebra

College Social Science

College Biology

Meeting All 4

 

VUHS    93%

STATE   80%

 

VUHS     71%

STATE   56%

 

VUHS    79%

STATE   68%

 

VUHS    50%

STATE   40%

 

VUHS   50%

STATE  34%

*Benchmark scores: English Composition/18; Algebra/22; Social Science/21; Biology 24. The benchmark score is the minimum score needed on the ACT subject-area test to indicate a 50% chance of obtaining a B or higher or about a 75% chance of obtaining a C or higher in the corresponding credit-bearing college courses.

5-year trends – average act scores

From this table you can determine: • Changes in the number and percentage of participants • Score changes in subject areas and the ACT composite • How your graduates compare with state averages

                Total Tested

      English

Mathematics

Reading

Science

Composite

Grad. Year

VUHS

State

VUHS

State

VUHS

State

VUHS

State

VUHS

State

VUHS

State

2005

13

1,318

22.2

22.3

21.2

22.1

22.2

23.5

20.2

22.1

21.5

22.6

2006

17

1,528

23.3

22.1

24.5

22.2

23.5

22.9

23.4

22.2

23.9

22.5

2007

12

1,855

22.8

22.6

22.6

22.5

23.6

23.3

23.5

22.3

23.3

22.8

2008

15

2,203

20.4

22.4

23.0

22.4

21.9

23.3

20.9

22.1

21.8

22.7

2009

14

2,008

23.2

22.9

24.9

22.9

24.9

23.7

23.9

22.5

24.4

23.1

 

 

 


vuhs graduates have enrolled in the following schools

2005-2009

Ave Maria College

Rensselear Polytechnic Institute

Bay Path College

Rivier College

Becker College

Rochester Institute of Technology

Bennington College

Russell Sage College

Bentley College

Saint Michael’s College

Brigham Young University

Salt Lake Community College

Burlington College

Sarah Lawrence College

Calvin College

Siena College

Carlton College

Simmons College

Castleton State College

Skidmore College

Cedarville University

Saint John’s University

Champlain College

Saint Joseph’s College of Rutland

Charleston Southern University

Sterling College

Colby-Sawyer College

SUNY Canton

College of the Atlantic

SUNY Plattsburgh

Colorado College

SUNY Cobleskill

Concordia College

SUNY Fredonia

Community College of Vermont

SUNY Oswego

Cornell University

SUNY Morrisville

Curtis Institute of Music

SUNY Potsdam

Dickinson College

Tulane University

Endicott College

Union College

Florida Institute of Technology

University of California Santa Cruz

Florida State University

University of New England

Franklin College Switzerland

University of  New Hampshire

Gordon College

University of Maine

Green Mountain College

University of Maine Farmington

Hampshire College

University of Maine Orono

Hesser College

University of Montana

Husson College

University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Ithaca College

University of New Haven

Jacksonville University

University of Northwestern Ohio

Jamestown Community College

University of Ozarks

Johnson State College

University of Prince Edward Island

Judson College

University of South Carolina

Keene State College

University of Tampa

Kentucky College

University of Vermont

Lyndon State College

University of Virginia

Maine College of Art

University of Western Florida

Maine Maritime Academic

Valcencia Community  College

Marist College

Valley Forge Christian College

Massachusetts Maritime Acad.

Vassar College

Merrimack College

Vermont School of Cosmetology

Middlebury College

Wentworth Institute of Technology

Moody Bible Institute

Wesleyan University

Motorcycle Mechanics Institute

West Virginia Wesleyan College

NE Institute of Technology

Western Kentucky University

New York University

Wheelock College

Northeastern University

 

Norwich University

 

Ohio State University

 

Oklahoma State University

 

Paul Smith’s College

 

Plymouth State College

 

Pratt - Brooklyn

 

Prescott College

 

2008-2009 

42% attended four year colleges

25% attended a one & two year colleges

9% entered the military

 

2007-2008  

49% attended four year colleges

15% attended one & two year colleges

 

2006-2007 

40% attended four year colleges

18 % attended one, two or tech school, and 6% entered the military

2005-2006   

49% attended four year colleges

10% attended a one or two year colleges

 

2004-2005   

48% attended four year colleges

 1% attended one or two year colleges

 

 

 

 


 

The Walden Project is inspired by the writings of the great American philosopher Henry David Thoreau, who went into the woods to "live deliberately." During his sojourn, he meditated upon his life and the relationship between himself and his society. We hope to continue that tradition, to reconcile the notions of self-sufficiency and social responsibility for our students.

 

The Walden Project is an alternative learning program through Vergennes Union High School. It focuses mainly on science and literature while exploring the relationship between humans, society, and the natural world. Walden encourages students to take their education into their own hands and make it their own.

 

This program is offered to any high school student who is interested in an integrated approach to education. This interdisciplinary project will seek to present links across and within the traditional curriculum of Science, English, Math, and History. Students will ask critical questions and engage in problem solving that appeals to verbal/linguistic, logical/mathematical, visual/spatial, body/kinesthetic, musical/rhythmic, interpersonal and intrapersonal styles of learning.  Additionally, students will be asked to be active members of their community, both within the alternative program and the community-at-large. This involvement is intended to cultivate positive relationships to their selves social milieu, and their physical environment.

 

Six years in a row, a Walden student has received the Presidential Scholarship from College of the Atlantic in Maine.

Matt Schlein, founder of the Walden
Project, raised the money to buy
260 acres the students
now use as their classroom.

 

Based on exit data these are the percentages of Walden graduates who went on to pursue post secondary education:

 

2008-2009

90%

2007-2008

85%

2006-2007

75%

2005-2006

75%

 

Colleges Walden Students have been accepted to (as of April  2009):

◘Audubon Expedition Institute  ◘Bard College ◘Bennington College ◘Bishops College ◘Boston Museum School of Fine Arts◘Massachusetts Art Institute ◘Castleton State College ◘Champlain College ◘College of the Atlantic ◘Columbia College ◘Cornell College ◘Emerson College ◘Eugene Laing College (The New School for Social Research) ◘ Evergreen College ◘Franklin Pierce College ◘Gordon College ◘Green Mountain College ◘Hampshire College ◘Hartwick College ◘Ithaca College ◘Johnson and Wales College ◘Johnson State College ◘Lesley College
◘Maine College of Fine Arts ◘Marlboro College ◘ Montana State University ◘Naropa University ◘New York University ◘Paul Smiths College ◘Penn State University ◘Prescott College ◘Roberts Wesleyan University ◘Russell Sage College ◘Sarah Lawrence College ◘Southern New Hampshire ◘ Sterling College ◘SUNY- Environmental Science and Forestry ◘SUNY Fredonia ◘SUNY – Potsdam ◘ SUNY Purchase ◘Unity College ◘University of Colorado –Boulder ◘University of Massachusetts-Amherst ◘Univ. of Massachusetts-Dartmouth ◘University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ◘University of Montana ◘University of Oregon ◘University of Southern Maine◘University of Vermont
◘University of Wisconsin – Madison ◘Vermont Technical College ◘Warren Wilson College

 

For more insight into the Walden Program please visit http://www.edutopia.org/outside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

PATRICIA A. HANNAFORD CAREER CENTER

 

Since 2001 select students spend time learning at the Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, VT. Programs available include:

 

AGRICULTURE

Š                Agribusiness Technology

Š                Diesel Power Technology

Š                Forestry and Natural Resources

Š                Sustainable Landscapes, Food Production and Turf Management

Š                Mechanical Science

Š                Plant & Animal Science

 

ARTS & HUMANITIES

Š                Design & Illustration

Š                Addison Repertory Theater

Š                Video Tech Arts

Š                Visual Communications

 

BUSINESS & SERVICES

Š                Culinary Arts

Š                Health Careers

Š                Human Services

 

TECHNOLOGY

Š                Automotive technology

Š                Construction Technology

Š                Industrial Design and Fabrication

Š                Engineering & Architectural Design

Š                Intro to Technology

Š                Foundations in Computer-Assisted Drafting & Design

 

School Year

Number of VUHS Students Attending PHCC Over Time

2009-2010

70

2008-2009

84

2007-2008

61

2006-2007

66

2005-2006

65

2004-2005

76

2003-2004

59

2002-2003

14

2001-2002

28

2000-2001

47

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                    

                           Source: Vermont Data Warehouse /Student Census

                            

 

 

For additional information please visit:

http://www.hannafordcareercenter.org/

 


 

In 2008-2009, VUHS failed to achieve our Adequate Yearly Progress on the NECAP math test in the sub-group called “Free and Reduced Lunch”.(No Child Left Behind legislation mandates that every sub-set of the school population must make progress. 0ur students eligible for free & reduced lunch out performed the state average, for this group.

 

VUHS Enrollment for 1998-2009

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999

1998

593

623

656

641

670

703

649

634

642

647

592

580

                 Based on 1st day of school enrollments

        

 

The chart below indicates a dramatic increase in families qualifying for lunch assistance.

Source: VT Dept. of Education Food and Nutrition Management
              Eligibility Report by Fiscal Year

 

 

The number of families eligible for Medicaid Assistance remains stable.

 

percentage of households in our five communities eligible for Medicaid
Over Time

 

2005-2006

2006-2007

2007-2008

2008-2009

2009-2010

50%

56%

54%

52%

51%

 

DROPOUT RATES

A dropout rate by state and federal definition is an individual student who is not enrolled in an approved educational program and who has not graduated from high school. 

 

COMPLETION RATES

The event completion rate represents the number of students enrolled in the senior class who graduate or complete school at the end of their senior year. The statewide 08-09 event completion rate for twelfth graders is 93.8%.

 

Adjusted Enrollment        Completion Rate         Group Graduation Rate       Still Enrolled at the End of 4 years.

2008-  =   110

95.45%

94.39%

3.74%

2009  12th graders = 107

97.20%

 

 

 

To learn more about Data Collection Methodology please visit The Vermont Department of Education

http://education.vermont.gov/new/html/data/dropout_completion.html

 

 

 

 

ASSESSMENT RESULTS

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NEW ENGLAND COMMON ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

2008-2009

2009-2010

GRADE 7

GRADE 8

 

These charts look at how the same group of middle school students performed over 2 years.

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2009-2010 Grade 11 Progress Comparison

Same Group of Students Tested in Grade 8 and Again in Grade 11