Guidance and College Counseling


The Guidance department plays an active role in the course selection process by assisting students, advisors, and parents. There is a direct relationship between a student’s course sequence throughout high school and their post-secondary options, and we recognize the importance of course selection and long-range academic planning.


In addition to academic counseling, the Guidance Department offers a variety of services to assist students in reaching their full potential. Personal counseling, educational testing, career education, and college and financial aid counseling are some of its many functions.


Course Selection

The 220+ available courses at St. Johnsbury Academy require a disciplined approach to course selection and the help of experienced counselors. Our semester-based schedule allows ample time to try new things, and we encourage students to follow their interests while at the same time keeping in mind graduation requirements and future plans.

Graduation Requirements

In order to be granted a diploma by St. Johnsbury Academy, a student must complete four years of study, and accumulate 26 credits.




Senior Capstone

1 credit


4 credits – (One Credit earned from Freshman Humanities)


3 credits


3 credits

Social Studies

3 credits – (Humanities, US History (Junior Year), US Government (Senior Year)

Physical Education

1 1/2 credits

Computer Literacy

1/2 credit

Critical Skills

1 credit


Underclassmen must take eight blocks of study for the year. Seniors must take seven.


St. Johnsbury Academy will not accelerate graduation. Students must achieve four calendar years of resident study in a high school in order to qualify for graduation.


Grade Progression

The Academy is a four-year institution. Students normally progress from the ninth through the twelfth grades and finally to graduation by accumulating credits through successfully passing courses of study. The age of a student does not determine grade placement; the number of credits that the student has accumulated is the determining factor. Students enrolling after grade nine will receive a credit evaluation which will include the specific classes and number of credits needed to meet graduation requirements. At any point in the student’s progression through the Academy, if the student does not accumulate the requisite number of credits to advance to the next class, he will remain in the same class until accumulating enough credits to be promoted to the next class. Some students who fall behind are able to make up missed credits and graduate in four years.

Ability Grouping

Because we are a comprehensive school, we admit students whose intellectual capacities and abilities span a wide range. We believe that students learn best when the material that they are required to learn is presented in a form and at a degree of difficulty matched to their abilities. In nearly all of our academic departments, students are homogeneously grouped; that is, they are placed in instructional sections with students of similar abilities and academic preparation.


All of our academic departments offer courses at four levels of instruction: basic, standard, accelerated, and Advanced Placement. Students who are placed at the basic level have demonstrated a need for instruction in the basic skills required to learn the material of the course. Further, they frequently possess less information than their peers. Students who are placed at the standard level of a course have demonstrated average ability and skills. They possess threshold skills and are sufficiently versed in requisite information to be successful in this college preparatory curriculum.


Students who are placed in the accelerated level of a course have demonstrated advanced skills and possess considerably more information than most students. They have also demonstrated the ability to learn more quickly than their peers. Students are placed in various levels of instruction after careful study of standardized tests they have taken, recommendations of teachers and guidance personnel in the schools from which they came to us, and consultations with each Academy department chair. Students are not placed automatically at a given level of instruction in any department simply because they are in that level of instruction in another department. It is quite common at the Academy for students to be placed at different levels of instruction within different departments. Further, it is the aim of the basic courses at the Academy to equip the students to move to standard levels of instruction as soon as possible.


Department personnel meet regularly to make sure that students are appropriately placed.

College Counseling

Because of the very diverse group of students at St. Johnsbury Academy, our approach to College Counseling is student-based, thorough, and wide-ranging. Each year, we place students at top universities and liberal arts colleges, culinary schools, fashion design schools, fine arts schools, engineering schools, technical colleges, and an array of other 2- and 4-year institutions.

Colleges Attended by the Class of 2019

Albertus Magnus College 

American University (2) 

Assumption College 

Babson College (2) 

Bentley University 

Birmingham City University 

Bishop’s University 

Brandeis University 

Carleton College 

Champlain College (4) 

Chapman University (2) 

Clark University (3) 

College of DuPage 

Colorado College 

Community College of Vermont (2) 

Culinary Institute of America 

Dalhousie University 

Denison University 

DePaul University 

Emory University 

Endicott College (2) 

Florida Atlantic University (2) 

Florida State at Jacksonville 

Franklin Pierce University (2) 

Hardeman School of Court Reporting 

High Point University 

Huntington University 

Husson University 

Ithaca College 

Johns Hopkins University 

Johnson & Wales University (6) 

Keene State College (5) 

Lehigh University 

Lincoln Tech Institute 

Lynn University 

Marist College 

Merrimack College 

Middlebury College 

New England Institute of Technology 

New York University (3) 

Northern Vermont University, Johnson 

Northern Vermont University, Lyndon (15) 

Norwich University (4) 

Parsons (The New School) 

Pennsylvania State University 

Pepperdine University 

Plymouth State University (6) 

Providence College 

Quinnipiac University (2) 

Rhode Island School of Design 

River Valley Community College 

Roanoke College 

Rochester Institute of Technology (2) 

Ryerson University 

Salve Regina University 

Savannah College of Art and Design 

School of the Art Institute of Chicago 

School of Visual Arts 

Smith College 

Southern Connecticut State University 

Southern New Hampshire University (2) 

Springfield College (2) 

St. John’s University 

St. Lawrence University 

Sterling College 

Suffolk University (2) 

SUNY Stony Brook (2) 

The American Musical and Dramatic Academy 

The University of Alabama 

Thomas College 

Trinity College (3) 

Tufts University (2) 

Unity College 

Universidad Franciso de Vitoria 

Universidad Iberoamericana 

University of Alabama 

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis (2)

University of California, Irvine 

University of California, San Diego (3) 

University of California, Santa Barbara

University of California, Santa Cruz   

University of Florida 

University of Maine (2) 

University of Massachusetts, Lowell 

University of Nevada, Las Vegas 

University of New England 

University of New Hampshire (2) 

University of New Haven 

University of Rochester 

University of South Carolina 

University of Southern California 

University of Southern Maine 

University of Vermont (10) 

University of Washington (2) 

University of Wisconsin 

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee 

Utica College 

Vermont Technical College (3) 

Virginia Tech 

Wentworth Institute of Technology (3) 

Wheaton College (3) 

White Mountains Community College (5)

Colleges Attended the Past Five Years

American University

Art Institute Chicago

Bard College

Baylor University

Bentley University

Berklee College of Music

Boston University

Bowdoin College

Brandeis University

Brown University

Bucknell University

Business School Lausanne

California College of the Arts

Carnegie Mellon University

Clark University

Clarkson University

Colorado School of Mines

Columbia University

Concordia University (Montreal)

Cornell University

Culinary Institute of America

Dartmouth College

Davidson College

Denison University

Dickinson College

Elon University

Emory University

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (Los Angeles)

Fashion Institute of Technology

Flagler College

Fordham University

Franklin and Marshall College

George Washington University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Hamilton College

Harvard University

Imperial College London

Indiana University at Bloomington 

Johns Hopkins University
Keio University (Japan)

Kent State University

King’s College (London)

Lander University

Lehigh University

Loyola University (New Orleans)

Macalester College

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

McGill University

Miami University (Oxford)

Michigan State University

Middlebury College

Mount Holyoke College

New York University

Northeastern University

Parsons The New School for Design

Pennsylvania State University

Pratt Institute

Providence College

Purdue University

Reed College

Regent’s University (London)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rhode Island School of Design

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rutgers University (New Brunswick)

Sarah Lawrence College

Savannah College of Art and Design

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

School of Visual Arts

Skidmore College

Smith College

St. Lawrence University

St. Olaf College

Syracuse University

Temple University

Trinity College 

Trinity College (Dublin)


Union College

University of Arizona

University of British Columbia

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis

University of California, Los Angeles

University of California, Irvine

University of California, San Diego

University of Chicago

University of Colorado at Boulder

University of Connecticut

University of Florida

University of Illinois at Urbana —   Champaign

University of Iowa

University of Maine

University of Maryland, College Park

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of Montana, Missoula

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

University of New Hampshire

University of Nottingham (UK)

University of Oregon

University of Redlands

University of Rhode Island

University of Rochester

University of Southern California

University of St. Andrews (UK)

University of Texas Dallas

University of the West of England, Bristol (UK)

University of Vermont

University of Washington

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Vassar College

Villanova University

Washington University in St. Louis

Wellesley College

Worcester Polytechnic Institute