School Choice

Students who live in towns that don't maintain a school at their grade level have the opportunity to use their status as a resident of a "school choice" town to attend a secular, state-approved, independent school like Riverside. The town will pay tuition expenses, up to the amount that the state has published as the average expenditure per student, to Riverside. The family is responsible for making up any difference between that amount and the amount of Riverside tuition. Financial aid may be applied to that difference. Parents are responsible for making arrangements with the town clerk to ensure tuition payments are received by Riverside's scheduled payment dates.

The following Northeast Kingdom towns provide school choice:
Bloomfield, Brunswick, East Haven, Granby, Guildhall, Kirby, Lemmington, Maidstone, Norton, Peacham, Victory, Westmore.

Vermont Independent School News

“One message that often gets lost is how important private schools are to the Vermont economy, especially to the Northeast Kingdom. Tuition from in state, out of state, and international students contribute millions of dollars to our communities each year, paying the salaries of teachers and staff who are our friends and neighbors.”
— Sean Markey, parent to Liam Markey, 2019