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1 An Introduction to Burr and Burton Academy Founded in 1829

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3 Academics Academics 68 Faculty Members 16 Student Average Class Size 16 Student Average Class Size 60 percent of faculty hold advanced degrees 60 percent of faculty hold advanced degrees 140 courses 140 courses 12 Advanced Placement courses 12 Advanced Placement courses 28 Courses required for graduation plus service learning projects 28 Courses required for graduation plus service learning projects Over 80 percent of graduates go on to university Over 80 percent of graduates go on to university

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5 Academic Information We have international students who attend for a minimum of one semester, a year or multiple years. The students who attend for a semester or a year follow a regular schedule and are here to perfect their English and to get to know the culture. The students who attend for multiple years are here to graduate and to go on to college. We have international students who attend for a minimum of one semester, a year or multiple years. The students who attend for a semester or a year follow a regular schedule and are here to perfect their English and to get to know the culture. The students who attend for multiple years are here to graduate and to go on to college. In order to graduate, the student must attend for a minimum of two years. Every student needs to have a minimum of 28 credits for graduation. In addition, all students are required to complete service learning projects. In order to graduate, the student must attend for a minimum of two years. Every student needs to have a minimum of 28 credits for graduation. In addition, all students are required to complete service learning projects. International students generally follow the usual course of study and take eight courses during the year. International students generally follow the usual course of study and take eight courses during the year.

6 Academic Information (continued) Burr and Burton follows a modified block schedule with 85-minute classes. Students take three one-credit courses during both fall and spring semesters, and two one-credit full-year classes. Seniors may elect to take one study period. Burr and Burton follows a modified block schedule with 85-minute classes. Students take three one-credit courses during both fall and spring semesters, and two one-credit full-year classes. Seniors may elect to take one study period. Students will take an English proficiency test upon arrival that will determine if they will need to take an ESL class. If so, the test also will decide the level of ESL at which the student will be placed. Students will take an English proficiency test upon arrival that will determine if they will need to take an ESL class. If so, the test also will decide the level of ESL at which the student will be placed. It is required for students who are here for one semester or a year to take an English class and a social studies class. It is required for students who are here for one semester or a year to take an English class and a social studies class. A mathematics proficiency test will also be given to place the student in the appropriate class. A mathematics proficiency test will also be given to place the student in the appropriate class.

7 The ESL Program The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Burr and Burton Academy provides students with the tools to develop the high level of fluency required for academic success at Burr and Burton and beyond. In addition to helping students master English skills, the ESL program provides language and academic assistance with mainstream classes and, for those who plan to attend college in the U.S., the college search and application process.

8 The ESL Program Level 1 Builds basic integrated social and academic English skills. Builds basic integrated social and academic English skills. Works on speaking and listening, vocabulary and grammar, reading speed and comprehension strategies, and basic essay structure. Works on speaking and listening, vocabulary and grammar, reading speed and comprehension strategies, and basic essay structure. Provides content support for other classes. Provides content support for other classes.Requirements: i. Entry TOEFL test score below 400. i. Entry TOEFL test score below 400. ii. Students in this level are required to take ESL Level 2 ii. Students in this level are required to take ESL Level 2 the following year. the following year.

9 The ESL Program Level 2 Builds integrated intermediate-level academic English skills.Builds integrated intermediate-level academic English skills. Includes classroom speaking and listening, academic vocabulary and grammar, reading speed and comprehension strategies.Includes classroom speaking and listening, academic vocabulary and grammar, reading speed and comprehension strategies. Includes analysis of simplified and authentic fiction and nonfiction, and a number of basic academic essay structures.Includes analysis of simplified and authentic fiction and nonfiction, and a number of basic academic essay structures. Requirements: Requirements: i. Entry TOEFL test score between 400–475 or completion of i. Entry TOEFL test score between 400–475 or completion of Level 1 with grade of C or better. Level 1 with grade of C or better. ii. Pre-requirement for all English courses. ii. Pre-requirement for all English courses.

10 The ESL Program Level 3 Same as Level 2 with a strong emphasis on TOEFL and SAT test preparation integrated into the curriculum. Same as Level 2 with a strong emphasis on TOEFL and SAT test preparation integrated into the curriculum. Highly recommended for students planning to attend U.S. colleges. Highly recommended for students planning to attend U.S. colleges.Requirements Entry TOEFL test score between 475–550. Entry TOEFL test score between 475–550. After-school help is provided Mondays–Thursdays to students needing additional support for ESL or other classes. This is required for students with a grade of D or lower in any class. After-school help is provided Mondays–Thursdays to students needing additional support for ESL or other classes. This is required for students with a grade of D or lower in any class. College Help: Students wishing to attend college in the U.S. receive extra support in navigating the college research and application process. This is available during Tuesday and Thursday advisories, free blocks, or after school by appointment. College Help: Students wishing to attend college in the U.S. receive extra support in navigating the college research and application process. This is available during Tuesday and Thursday advisories, free blocks, or after school by appointment.

11 Activities Burr and Burton offer students numerous opportunities to explore their interests and talents outside the classroom. l 17 Scholastic Sports l Over 20 After School Clubs l Literary and Arts Magazine l Fall and Spring dramatic and musical productions l Field trips to Washington DC and New York City

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13 Arts and Technology The Media and Performing Arts Department is an integral part of every student’s education at Burr and Burton. The Media and Performing Arts Department is an integral part of every student’s education at Burr and Burton. Students are required to take one full-credit course in one of the art disciplines as well as one full-credit course in one of the technology disciplines for graduation. Students are required to take one full-credit course in one of the art disciplines as well as one full-credit course in one of the technology disciplines for graduation. The Media and Performing Arts Department provides opportunities for cultural literacy in the major disciplines of: The Media and Performing Arts Department provides opportunities for cultural literacy in the major disciplines of: Dance Music Theater Visual Arts Dance Music Theater Visual Arts CinematographyAudio Production Computer Design CinematographyAudio Production Computer Design Digital ExplorationComputer Hardware & Networking Digital ExplorationComputer Hardware & Networking The goal is to prepare students to be skilled art makers, technology experts, and performers as well as to develop members of an informed audience of the arts. The goal is to prepare students to be skilled art makers, technology experts, and performers as well as to develop members of an informed audience of the arts.

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20 Athletics Burr and Burton Academy sponsors interscholastic teams over three seasons Soccer Field Hockey Football Cross Country Ice Hockey Basketball Nordic Skiing Alpine Skiing SnowboardingDanceWrestlingLacrosseTennisSoftballGolf Track and Field Baseball

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31 The Campus Burr and Burton is located in the historic New England village of Manchester, nestled at the base of Mt. Equinox and a popular resort destination for over 150 years. The campus is comprised of 7 buildings on 29 wooded acres, including: Seminary Building, the original building from 1832 Seminary Building, the original building from 1832 The EH Henry Physical Education Center The EH Henry Physical Education Center The Smith Center for Science and Communication The Smith Center for Science and Communication The Riley Center for the Arts The Riley Center for the Arts The Rowland Center The Rowland Center Larson Hall Larson Hall

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35 Room and Board International students are placed in one of our four small dorms or with local families who are interested in and committed to sharing their lives with students from abroad. The families are interviewed and selected by school officials. Dorms are supervised by Burr and Burton faculty or staff members and their families. All meals are provided by the dorm and host families during the week and weekends. Students eat lunch in the school cafeteria during the week.

36 Dormitory Living We have 4 small dorms that house a small number of students. Dorms are traditional New England family homes that provide a warm and comfortable environment. They have laundry facilities and wireless Internet connection. Students share a room. Rooms are fully furnished with linen and bathroom amenities. Meals are eaten together with the dorm parents.

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39 Family Living Students are placed with local families who are committed to sharing their lives with students from abroad. The families are interviewed and carefully selected. Students are placed with local families who are committed to sharing their lives with students from abroad. The families are interviewed and carefully selected. Students have their own rooms and participate in the family activities. Students have their own rooms and participate in the family activities. Students have a good opportunity to learn more about the culture while living with a family, and improve their English language skills. Students have a good opportunity to learn more about the culture while living with a family, and improve their English language skills. Families may be located near the school or within driving distance no longer than 20 minutes from the school. Families may be located near the school or within driving distance no longer than 20 minutes from the school.

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41 International Program Information Burr and Burton Academy is an independent school that serves 650 students in grades It offers a highly competitive academic program. 50 to 60 international students; 50 to 60 international students; The small size of our program allows us to give a great deal of personal attention, working closely with them to succeed academically and socially. Countries represented typicaly are China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Bolivia and Mexico. Countries represented typicaly are China, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Thailand, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Austria, Bolivia and Mexico. The school usually opens during the last week of August and closes during the second week of June. Students are required to arrive 3-4 days before for orientation. Students may not stay longer than 3 days after the school closes. The school usually opens during the last week of August and closes during the second week of June. Students are required to arrive 3-4 days before for orientation. Students may not stay longer than 3 days after the school closes.

42 International Program Information continued Vacations: 2 weeks in December, 1 week in February, and 1 week in April. Vacations: 2 weeks in December, 1 week in February, and 1 week in April. Students must have medical insurance. They can purchase a plan for an additional fee or they can purchase it in their own country. Students must have medical insurance. They can purchase a plan for an additional fee or they can purchase it in their own country. There is limited financial aid available. There is limited financial aid available. After-school help is provided Monday through Thursday to students who need additional support for ESL or other classes. This is required for students with a grade of D or lower in any class. After-school help is provided Monday through Thursday to students who need additional support for ESL or other classes. This is required for students with a grade of D or lower in any class. Students wishing to attend college in the U.S. receive extra support in navigating the college research and application process. Available during Tuesday and Thursday advisories, free blocks, or after school by appointment. Students wishing to attend college in the U.S. receive extra support in navigating the college research and application process. Available during Tuesday and Thursday advisories, free blocks, or after school by appointment. SAT and TOEFL preparation available. SAT and TOEFL preparation available. Students are required to participate in a sport or club to help them become involved with student life. Students are required to participate in a sport or club to help them become involved with student life.

43 How to Apply 1. the International Program Director Andrea Thulin inquiring about the school. You can download the application on the website at 2. Send us the following documents: 2. Send us the following documents: a. Completed application form b. Written essay in English, indicating why the student wants to come to the United States or Burr and Burton Academy c. Family photos d. Transcripts for two most recent years of school e. TOEFL scores and English teacher evaluation letter f. Two teacher recommendation letters g. Physical exam and complete health information form h. Parents financial statement

44 How to Apply (continued) 3.Once the application is carefully reviewed, the student is interviewed and the student is accepted, Burr and Burton will send you a notification of acceptance, a contract to be signed and an invoice for the non- refundable deposit of 10% of the tuition cost, which will be applied to the tuition fee. 4. After receiving the signed contract and the initial deposit, Burr and Burton will send you a letter of acceptance with an I-20 immigration form to be presented at the consulate for the visa application. We will also send you additional information and other forms to sign. 5.We will send you a course guide prior to the beginning of the school year, please contact the International Program Coordinator to select your courses. 6. We carefully select all host families. Each student will be assigned with a host family prior to their arriving or will be placed in one of the small dorms, if requested by the student.

45 Local Area Links Equinox Resort Manchester, Vermont Southern Vermont Arts Center Manchester Music Festival Burr and Burton Academy Stratton Mountain Bromley Mountain Merck Forest

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48 For further information please contact: Andrea Thulin International Student Program Director fax


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