Vermont Middle School Seminars

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Any off-campus components of the seminars described below are subject to revision as we follow State of Vermont and CDC recommendations regarding social distancing and interactions outside the campus community.

Session 1

Session 1 of Pre-College Vermont for middle schoolers is designed so that all students focus on the same seminar topic: Service, Leadership & Outdoor Education. Middle schoolers will be divided into small groups, each led by an instructor, as they engage in a series of outdoor challenges and adventures to build skills in teamwork, collaboration, and leadership.

Service, Leadership, & Outdoor Education

10—15 service hours
Meet new friends, learn essential skills in outdoor education, tap into your potential as a leader in Vermont’s Green Mountains. With your peers and instructor, wander Vermont’s forests and trail systems and undertake a series of exciting challenges as you learn to work as a team. Rotate responsibilities as the leader of the day, time-keeper, scribe, and inspiration-giver. Learn basic navigation and survival skills, learn how to build a fire, and go on a scavenger hunt as you navigate campus in pairs. Read more

Session 2

Creative Writing

Whether you want to write your first novel or create a poem that captures a specific emotion or experience, this dynamic workshop-style course is a step toward finding your voice and pushing your boundaries as a creative writer. Through personalized exercises led by published authors, develop skills in the genre of your choosing while exploring important craft challenges such as dialogue, imagery, narrative structure, word choice, theme, and storytelling technique. Read more

Farm to Table

From the farms, fields, and gardens to the dinner table, culinary traditions and eating local are the beating heart of Vermont’s identity. Dive into Vermont’s thriving food and farm culture, meeting with inspiring individuals and entrepreneurs who have dedicated their lives to the land. Expand your understanding of sustainable food systems as you sow, harvest, cook, and savor your way through Vermont’s food scene. Read more

Fashion Design

Trace the history of the multi-billion dollar global fashion industry as we know it today. Gain an understanding of the environmental and consumer trade-offs of the fashion industry, one of the largest polluters in the world, and the movement toward sustainable production. Engage in discussions with designers, retailers, and textile manufacturers working in the U.S. and abroad. Participate in hands-on workshops to learn many of the skills and techniques needed to design and create your own ready-to-wear clothing line. Read more


Designed for photographers of all skill levels, this seminar teaches the basics of digital photography and composition before diving into more advanced shooting techniques and editing instruction. Whether your passion is portrait, landscape, adventure, or storytelling, build your confidence and nurture your creativity through one-on-one workshops with your instructor and group critiques. In the classroom, learn aesthetic principles and review the work of a variety of photographers, from Dorothea Lange to Krista Rossow. Read more

Science & Technology: Addressing Global Challenges

Science and technology have changed how humans see the universe, but what impact do scientific breakthroughs have on our daily lives? And can cutting-edge science help us confront the world’s most pressing problems? Join other middle school students in this seminar to examine how scientific research and technology has impacted our lives and how it can play a vital role in ensuring a vibrant and sustainable planet for future generations. Read more

Studio Art

Develop and refine your artistic vision as you explore studio art through work in drawing, painting, sketching, and collage. This seminar, taught by a working artist, is for all middle school students regardless of skill level or experience. Expand existing techniques, establish new skills, and explore your creative side in both studio- and plein air-based lessons. Create pieces based on subjects ranging from the human figure to still life, from landscape to portraiture, and from imaginary to realistic. Read more

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High School Seminars

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