Kindergarten through Graduation

Students at the Canaan School enjoy a focused, personalized learning experience from the first day of kindergarten through their 12th-grade graduation ceremony.  Guided by our caring faculty and staff, they discover and explore the world around them as they develop their skills, interests, and strengths.

At the elementary level, we combine play - an important part of every child’s growth experience - with academics tied to the Vermont Early Learning Standards. We promote a love of learning and exploration through understanding and respecting each child’s individuality. Students are introduced to traditional subjects such as reading, math, science, and social studies, as well as to a broad range of art, music, library, and physical education programs.

Canaan students have a farm dayIn middle school, students begin creating personalized learning plans that reflect their strengths, areas of interest, learning styles, and future goals. Working with their families and advisors, they select a sequence of courses that will lead to high school studies geared either to preparation for college or success in a chosen career or trade.

As they enter high school, students are introduced to a variety of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses to expose them to subjects that could lead either to further study in college or to careers in these growing areas. All students are encouraged to explore classes in advanced manufacturing, building trades, business, diversified agriculture and/or emergency services through our Technical Career Center. This exploration isn’t intended to provide specific training in these areas, but rather to introduce students to potential career paths that may help them in choosing a college major should they choose to pursue an advanced degree; or a career, should they choose to enter the workforce following graduation.

While many of our graduates matriculate to some of the finest colleges and universities in the country, there are also many who decide to establish their lives and careers right here at home. At Canaan Schools, we strive to provide all of our students with opportunities to succeed in whichever direction they choose to go.

Vermont Education opportunities

Our high school students can take advantage of many opportunities outside the classroom, like work-based learning and early college.


Every family in Vermont has the right to educate their own children. All students in Vermont must be enrolled at an approved public or independent school or enroll in a home study program. 


The Vermont Dual Enrollment program, 16 V.S.A. § 944, includes up to two college courses for eligible Vermont high school students. 


Among the Flexible Pathway options, there are opportunities for students to participate in work-based learning experiences. These allow students to gain job experience while they're still in school. 


The Canaan Career & Technical Center currently offers a number of technical programs in which students can earn embedded high school and college credits. 


Vermont's Early College Program allows high school students to enroll, free of charge, in full-time academic programs at one of the Vermont State Colleges or another approved Vermont school. 


ENSU is exploring the pros and cons of creating an interstate school district to provide more offerings to students at a reasonable cost to taxpayers. 

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