Shelburne residents take the education of their children seriously, and as a result, ratings for area schools are high. Both public and private institutions attract dedicated student bodies. The Shelburne Community School is the public Pre-K through 8th-grade institution, located in the Village. Its 750 students are members of a mission-driven educational community, devoted to preparing their children to be studied community members.
The private Renaissance School, located on Shelburne Farms in the Farm Barn, serves students Kindergarten through 8th grade. The Heartworks organization encourages self-expression and independent thinking while developing students’ commitments to stewardship, a mission perfectly suited to the Farm’s environment. Heartworks Inc. opens another private school, Endeavour, for 6th to 8th graders only, located at Shelburne Commons, also home to one of three Heartworks 2-5yr old pre-school programs. Endeavor will be devoted to the unique needs of middle school aged students, with the goal to develop the knowledge and skills for a successful transition into High School.
Students in grades 9-12 may attend the Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, a top-rated public institution serving the Towns of Shelburne, Charlotte, Hinesburg, St. George, and Williston. Parents may also choose to send their children to the private Lake Champlain Waldorf School, which offers, through two locations, a complete education for roughly 250 students Pre-K through 12th grades. Pre-K and grade school classes are located on a campus just outside of the Village, on Turtle Lane, while grades 9-12 are served from Charlotte. The Waldorf education is a fast-growing nonsectarian educational worldwide movement born in Germany in the early 1900s, based on “educating the whole child” (intellectual, emotion, physical, and spiritual).