Thank you for supporting our amazing school field trip to Plimoth Plantation.
Barnard Academy is a central part of the vibrant and engaged community of Barnard, Vermont. Students reach out to their community throughout the school year by serving seasonal meals to locals, acting in quarterly programs, and singing at holiday events. The community gives back by attending fundraising events and donating to the Barnard Education Fund, which supports the students through a broad array of culturally and intellectually enriching experiences.
Every season brings its own specific delights to the Barnard community. The smoking stacks of maple sugaring houses warn of spring and remind neighbors that it is time for cider and doughnuts dipped in syrup. The Silver Lake Association holds its annual essay contest, challenging local kids to consider the importance of their lake and community. Local farms begin tilling the land and, before you know it, Thursday evening CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) gatherings become a much-anticipated social event where vegetables are distributed and neighbors can catch up as they eat and enjoy the music of local talent.
With summer in full swing, Silver Lake welcomes campers and swimmers to its sandy shores, and the center of Barnard expands to accommodate the dripping towels and ice cream cones of sun-bathers and swimmers outside the Barnard General Store. The Barnard Recreation Department provides supplies for activities like tennis and volleyball, the Barnard Inn serves up fine-dining and tavern-priced meals and, on a nice day, golfers head to nearby Quechee, Stowe, or Killington for a day of golf. Other adventurous souls drive down into South Barnard, where they can hike the trails to Luce’s lookout and enjoy a 360-degree view of Lakota Lake and surrounding mountains.
Twin Farms, an all-inclusive luxury hotel and spa that attracts star-studded personalities with its unique décor and unparalleled service, rewards the school by sponsoring a yearly fundraising event that includes tours of its rooms and a five-star meal. Conversations with community members enhance the meal and you can bet that the Vermont Standard, Central Vermont’s oldest weekly newspaper, will add a record of the evening to its reports on local events.
Winter weekends are great for skiing and locals either drive to Suicide Six (10 miles south), or head out for the day to larger ski areas like Killington or Okemo (35 miles west). With the older kids at the big slopes, younger children can test their skills on at Woodstock’s Mount Tom, or practice their skating skills at Woodstock’s Union Arena. Winter vacation and travel plans are easy to book through nearby bus and train stations or through any of the four major airports in the area.
Barnard finds cultural and artistic support in surrounding communities. The Billings Farm and Museum teaches families about farm life in the nineteenth century and how to make ice cream, cheese, or cider, depending on the season. With twelve restaurants offering fine dining in the area, Barnard residents need not drive far to enjoy an evening of gustatory delight. After dinner, Woodstock’s Town Hall Theatre is a great place to take in a movie or to enjoy a professional musical or theatrical performance put on by the Pentangle Council on the Arts. And for those who seek an additional layer of artistic and intellectual stimulation, Dartmouth College and the HOP (the Hopkins Center for the Arts), are a half an hour away by car. A few miles from the college, Dartmouth Hitchcock Memorial Hospital provides medical services to the area. Dartmouth is one of two major hospitals within short driving distance of Barnard.
The community of Barnard begins at home and extends out in ever-widening circles that include a larger Vermont community. With roots in a strong, active, and supportive community, Barnard Academy is able to prepare its students for the larger world through a wealth of cultural, intellectual, and personal experiences.