Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Once an application is complete, it is personally reviewed by the Admissions Team, that consists of select leadership, faculty and staff members. The Head of School has ultimate authority on an admission decision.

There are several reasons why we feel being an independent school helps us offer an exceptional education. Read about them here.

The IB Program is a rigorous course of study designed to develop the skills needed to live, learn, and work in a rapidly globalizing world. Individual IB classes are open to all Long Trail juniors and seniors so that all students have the exceptional opportunity to experience the benefits of IB classes even if they are not enrolled in the full Diploma Program. For more information on LTS and IB, click here.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Once an application is complete, it is sent to the Admissions Committee to review. Families are notified via email of the decision.

For homeschoolers, we ask for evidence or grades from your homeschool curriculum.  If the homeschooled student does not have any standardized testing scores, they should take the WRAT-4 at LTS

Unless there are extenuating circumstances, a visit day is required of all applicants.


A schedule of required vaccinations under Vermont state law is available from the School Nurse or your pediatrician. Students must be fully vaccinated according to the State of Vermont schedule, unless this criteria is met:

  • Medical Exemption: A reason for a medical exemption must be set forth in writing by a board-certified physician explaining that a particular immunization is detrimental to a child’s health. Such a medical exemption waives the requirement for that particular immunization until the immunization is no longer detrimental to the child’s health.
  • Long Trail School does not accept religious or philosophical exemptions

Ask us! Families are encouraged to call the Admissions Office at any time with questions.

Yes, the Director of Admission sees every application and enjoys meeting with every student and family personally.

Our admissions process is “need-blind,” meaning that we evaluate students on their merits alone, without knowledge of their financial background.

Families apply for financial aid in an online application through School and Student Services (SSS).   SSS calculates the amount the family can afford on education, or the Estimated Family Contribution (EFC).  It is important to note that the funding for financial aid is finite, and families need to meet the deadline of March 1 in order to be considered.

For direct questions on financial aid, please contact our business office.

Yes, LTS has a large fleet of buses and an extensive network of routes traversing Southwestern Vermont. There is an additional cost for busing that is calculated based on distance traveled to and from school.

Long Trail School does not discriminate in the administration of its admission and education policies on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, disability, gender, national or ethnic origin, or any other protected class.  
Long Trail School complies with all applicable state and federal nondiscrimination statutes, including the Vermont Public Accommodations Act (9 V.S.A. Chapter 139), the Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act (21 V.S.A. Chapter 5, Subchapter 6) and Vermont State Board of Education rules 2226.6 and 2229.1.