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Our Mission
The mission of the Burlington School District is to ensure that all students achieve their highest intellectual and personal potential, and are prepared to contribute as global citizens in the 21st Century.
Excellence and Equity
Hallmarks Of Excellence
November 13, 2009
At the November 13th Board Retreat, the commissioners passed a resolution re-affirming these "Hallmarks of Excellence" as a cornerstone of the vision for the future of Burlington Schools.
  • Rigorous academics
  • Differentiated instruction
  • Enriched arts, math and sciences, and wellness experiences
  • Education for a sustainable future
  • 21st Century learning: technology-infused, project-based, real-world relevance
  • Promoting diversity and cultural competence
  • Community partnerships

2009-2010 Update On Our Vision
The task ahead of us is clear -- preparing every one of Burlington's kids for their future. The work we do with our youth in and out of our schools becomes the engine that drives the economic, cultural and social prosperity of our city.
To meet our goals, we continue to implement our Excellence and Equity plans. With your help, in each of our schools, we are working toward the shared vision that we developed over the last three years. Our vision includes strong and successful collaboration among our teachers, staff, community partners, and parents. Our cultural and economic diversity continues to be one of our strengths, as our students learn in a rich environment that reflects our increasingly global society and workplace.

Expanding partnerships is a critical element of our vision. Our community partners play a key role in all of our schools. Working with our local colleges -- St. Michael's College, Champlain College, CCV, the University of Vermont along with the Flynn Theater, Burlington City Arts, Very Merry Theater, Vermont Youth Orchestra, Shelburne Farms, City Market, the Intervale, Echo Center, among many other partners -- ensures new opportunities for our students that help prepare them for the career opportunities of the 21st Century.

Vision Statement
July 2008
The Board adopted a vision statement based upon the work over the past several years and the visioning process with hundreds of teachers, parents, students and community leaders. The process, conducted between March and July 2008, identified the ways that our schools must advance to prepare all students for the 21st Century.

Click here to read the vision statement.

Best Place To Raise A Family
Children's Health Magazine rated Burlington the best place to raise a family. Our City's education system was listed as one of the reasons why Burlington ranked #1.