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Burlington High School is located in Burlington, Vermont. With a population of approximately 41,000, Burlington is the largest and most diverse city in the State of Vermont. It sits in a unique picturesque location on the eastern shore of Lake Champlain, between the Green Mountains and the Adirondacks.


Burlington High School offers a comprehensive and challenging college preparatory program with an emphasis on academic excellence and intellectual curiosity. The mission of the school challenges all students to achieve at their highest levels and encourages students to be curious, independent, motivated, and socially responsible. Students will develop and demonstrate Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Effective Communication, Civic Engagement and Cross-Cultural Understanding, Personal Development, and Curiosity and Creativity skills to make a positive contribution to the world beyond BHS.

Due to Burlington’s designation as a refugee resettlement center, students from all over the world interact with native Vermont students who themselves come from a broad range of socio-economic backgrounds. The result is a high school population of 1,025 that is uniquely and interestingly diverse, an urban school in the midst of one of the country’s smallest and most rural states. All Burlington High School students are required to complete 10 hours of community service each year as part of the charge “to educate and inspire students to influence and shape the future.” Students also engage in a broad range of co-curricular activities including a recognized drama program, competitive sports teams, and literary, recreational and arts clubs and programs.


Burlington High School is accredited by the New England Association of Secondary Schools and Colleges and the Vermont Department of Education. Among its professional faculty and administrative staff of 85, most have pursued graduate study, and nearly 78% hold a Master’s Degree or higher. Faculty members are active in regional and national professional organizations.


Over 160 course offerings, primarily college preparatory or honors classes, are available in twelve disciplines.

  • Honors level courses in each discipline are designated by an asterisk (*) on student transcripts. Grades are unweighted.
  • Advanced Placement courses are offered in Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Music Theory, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, U.S. Government and Politics, and U.S. History.
  • Qualified students may enroll concurrently in college and university courses.
  • Support classes for the more than 145 students learning English for Speakers of Other Languages and for students with learning challenges are also available.
  • Students may earn credit through community learning, workplace internships, and peer tutor programs as well as through reading, remedial skills, and individual services programs such as ASPIRE and the Student Support Center.
  • The Burlington Technical Center, located on the BHS campus, and the nearby Center for Technology in
  • Essex, offer rigorous career pathway classes resulting in dual enrollment with high school and college credit and industry certifications. 22% of Burlington High School juniors and seniors attend technical center classes.