Burr and Burton hits all-time enrollment high

This article by Greg Sukiennik originally appeared Aug. 30 in the Bennington Banner.

MANCHESTER — In 189 years of educating high school students, Burr and Burton Academy has never had as many students enrolled as it does right now.

The independent school set an opening day record on Aug. 23, with an overall enrollment of 756 students. Its incoming class of 183 freshmen is also an all-time high, according to the school.

Burr and Burton Academy

Burr and Burton Academy

Those freshmen marched into the E.H. Henry gymnasium and took their seats in the bleachers to a standing ovation from their classmates, as BBA officially opened its 2018-19 school year.

Each class was addressed as a group by student speakers and by headmaster Mark Tashjian on the school year ahead. And they all heard about the school theme for the year — “kaizen,” a Japanese cultural and business term meaning “change for good” — and how small, personal changes and improvements by students, faculty and staff can collectively make BBA better.

Read full story at the Bennington Banner.

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3 thoughts on “Burr and Burton hits all-time enrollment high

  1. Vermont is so fortunate to have fine independent schools such as Lyndon Institute, St Johnsbury Academy and Burr and Burton. The big public education monopoly would love to shutter these schools, after all union jobs are more important than Vermont children and families…

  2. If only the Vermont Agency of Ed., it’s directors, the State Board of Ed., the VT legislature and the current Scott administration, would open their eyes to what works in the education market place, Vermont’s highest in the nation per pupil costs and its student’s less than mediocre academic and economic performance could be turned around at the drop of a hat. If they wanted to reverse enrollment declines and see Vermont’s workforce and economy thrive, all they need do is pay attention to ‘the education marketplace’ that schools like Burr and Burton represent.

    “Liberty [including educational liberty] means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.” George Bernard Shaw

    There is only one reason why the State education monopoly continually oppresses personal and parental education freedom. It’s because the monopoly doesn’t want to be held responsible for its actions while its operatives and special interests profit from its authority. It is tyranny personified.

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