Attendance is vital to enhancing one’s knowledge. Frequent absences result in lost classroom interchange, a valuable component of the learning process. A parent/guardian must call in a student’s absence by contacting the Registrar at 802.867.5717 x178. A student who has been absent must bring a written note from parent or doctor to the Registrar when he/she returns to school. Failure to do so means the absence is unexcused. Long Trail School supports Vermont law for compulsory attendance by students between the ages of 6 and 16 years (16 V.S.A. §1121).
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We do not rank our students because we believe the small size of Long Trail nullifies class rank as a meaningful measure of student achievement.
Credits, Grading and Changes
Our grading system is based on our academic year, which is divided into two semesters each consisting of two marking periods indicated by quarter. For the marking period end dates, semester end dates, and grade distribution dates, please check the Academic Calendar.
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Discipline and Disclosure Policy
Long Trail’s discipline policy helps ensure a safe and comfortable learning environment. Discipline is regarded as part of the educational process and is typically an internal matter. However, there are certain choices that students make that have consequences beyond Long Trail School. Specifically, colleges and universities have become increasingly concerned with their own students’ conduct and behavior and now routinely ask about a student’s high school discipline record. Both the Common Application, which is used by almost 400 colleges, and individual institutional applications explicitly ask about academic and behavioral violations as well as criminal convictions.
At Long Trail School, seniors are expected to be truthful and report any school infraction that resulted in probation, suspension or expulsion since ninth grade or any criminal conviction. LTS will also report to colleges and universities any major change in status (probation, suspension, expulsion, or separation from school) during the student’s high school years (ninth-12th grade). The director of college counseling will report any relevant information at the time the application is submitted as well as during the application review or after an admissions decision is made, depending upon when the infraction occurs.
It is our belief at Long Trail that we are advocates for our students and the director of college counseling will work closely with students and parents as we report these matters to institutions.
Students typically earn seven credits per year and twenty-six credits in four years. One and a half years of the arts, four of English, three of math, three of science, three of social studies, and three of the same world language are required. Long Trail strongly encourages students to exceed these standards. The Dean of Academics and the Registrar must approve exceptions. IB Diploma candidates must fully meet the requirements of the IB Programme.
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This is typically 30 minutes per class, totaling two to three hours per night for upper school classes. IB and AP courses are more intensive. The Middle School homework policy is no more than 10 minutes per class per night.
Monthly Reports & Exams
Monthly reports evaluate homework, class work, projects, labs, overall skills, and effort. Students in grades 9-12 take comprehensive 90-minute exams twice a year during a three and a half day period at the close of each semester. IB and AP students have additional testing. Grades are awarded and semester evaluations are issued.