A Platinum PartnerBurlington School District
Burlington School District is a pre-k-12 public school system serving around 4,000 students in Burlington, VT. Our mission is to graduate students who: value different cultures, engage with the community, communicate effectively, think creatively, skillfully solve problems, and achieve at their highest academic, intellectual, and personal potential.
Our School District
Burlington is a vibrant, picturesque community on Lake Champlain and the most culturally diverse city in Vermont. Burlington has an international airport, and is in close proximity to a number of large cities, including Montreal (90 minutes away by car), Boston (45 minutes by air), and New York City (one hour by air). With our excellent schools system, parks and Lake Champlain, and local ski mountains within an hour’s drive, it is not surprising that Burlington routinely finds itself on the “best places in the country to raise children” lists.
Diversity & Equity
The Burlington School District, led by its Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Partnership, embraces its role in establishing a long-term mission and vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion. It is our mission to value differences and to actively promote inclusion and equity. We will not passively accept an unwelcoming and unsafe environment for our students and staff.
Our Superintendent ”
Yaw Obeng demonstrates a strong commitment to both the development of community assets and social justice through the engagement of students, parents, and staff. Yaw seeks out opportunities to collaborate with community and business organizations on innovative initiatives. He has trained and presented on student achievement, leadership, community engagement, safe and inclusive schools, and equity issues throughout North America, Europe and parts of Asia. Most importantly, Yaw takes great pride in empowering students and staff to reach their highest potential.
– Yaw Obeng
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Diversity & Equity
Please visit our website to learn more about DEALT, Restorative Practices Collaborative, Equity and Inclusion Data Reports, Equity Council, and Diversity & Equity Resources.
ALL ARE WELCOME
The 2016 national election brought fear to many immigrant families in Vermont. With the increase in anti-immigrant rhetoric, new Americans – refugees, immigrants, and asylum seekers were distressed about their future in Burlington, Vermont, and the United States. What was going to happen to them? Would they be safe in America? Would they have to leave? Driven by the real fear she witnessed in her pediatric practice, Dr. Andrea Green reached out to Burlington High School to see if she could support the students in feeling safe and welcome. The students of the International Club of Burlington High School were also worried and wanted to do something. The students met together with Dr. Green to talk about these fears and ways to communicate that Vermont is a place where all are welcome. During these meetings and the design process the students strengthened their voice and power to stand up against hurtful rhetoric. They were able to share how Burlington has been a welcoming community. Something they wanted to make visible to all.
The mission of the Burlington School District English Learner (EL) program is to provide instruction to ensure that ELs gain the linguistic, social and academic skills they need as members of the Burlington school community. Our vision is that all students learn in a school community that values its multicultural and multilingual student body. ELs access a rigorous academic curriculum and receive support to learn English and achieve at school. We view our students as emergent bilinguals; that is, we encourage students to maintain and even strengthen their primary language(s) while learning English. Current and former ELs are productive members of the Burlington community.
Years to Tenure
The Burlington School Board will not discriminate or retaliate against any employee, applicant for employment, students or other designated beneficiaries of the statutes listed below in any employment or educational decision because the employee, applicant, or student opposed any practice made unlawful by or participated in any manner in an investigation, proceeding or hearing under the laws listed below and their regulations.