New school without walls opening in Brattleboro


BRATTLEBORO >> Oak Meadow will hold information sessions about its new collaborative learning center for high school students, Brattleboro School Without Walls (SW2), which will open next fall. The sessions will take place on March 1 at 1 p.m., March 2 at 5:30 p.m, and March 5 at 11 a.m. at the Oak Meadow offices in the historic Brooks House in downtown Brattleboro.

SW2 will encourage high school students who enroll in Oak Meadow, a flexible, progressive distance learning school for grades K-12, to take classes and courses at many different organizations in and around Brattleboro and earn credit toward their Oak Meadow diploma. Participating arts, performance, and outdoors programs include New England Youth Theater, New England Circus for the Arts, Insight-Photography, River Gallery of Arts, Brattleboro School of Dance, Brattleboro Music School, Vermont Wilderness School, Circus Yoga, Vermont Jazz Center, and Express Fluency. Marlboro College also offers courses at no cost to area high schoolers, and college credit earned there will also count on the Oak Meadow transcript.

To support students in this program, Oak Meadow has created an independent learning center at its Brooks House location, staffed by an Oak Meadow teacher. Students are invited to visit the center Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Mornings sessions include academic classes, seminars, and workshops in math, science, literature/writing, history, and health/wellness. The afternoon homework cafe will offer open time for study, one-to-one personal support, and group projects.

Collaborating partners are planning to schedule courses on Tuesdays and Thursdays so Oak Meadow students — and other homeschoolers — can participate in their programs.

Dana Batchelor of NECCA said, "Brattleboro is a mecca for arts education in New England, and Oak Meadow has become a vital resource for connecting what we have to offer to the homeschool community, from the early grades all the way through high school. A well-rounded education that includes performing arts has been proven time and again to benefit students' overall preparation for adulthood."

Visit for more information. RSVP to the information sessions is not required; however, if you'd like to attend and need childcare, please call 802-251-7250. Onsite care may be arranged.


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