Founded in 1867, Lyndon Institute is dedicated to providing a unique educational experience for our students that leads to a lifetime of learning and good citizenship. We are an independent and comprehensive high school for grades 9 – 12, offering a 150-course curriculum specializing in core and honors academics, fine and performing arts and technical and career programs. Our mission is to provide thoughtful and rigorous preparation for our students to reach their intellectual, creative and physical potential.
Our learning community is comprised of 570 students; 85% are day students from 20 area towns and villages and 15% are international boarding students from 21 countries. The main 130-acre campus hosts 34 buildings, including the Main Building, Alumni Gymnasium and 650-seat Alumni Auditorium, the Elliott Memorial Library, the John L. Norris, Jr. Center for the Arts, the Monahan Academic Commons, the Vail Student Center and six dormitories. The 300-acre Binney Woods forest, located on Burke Mountain, provides outdoor recreation and educational opportunities.
Our students are accepted at America’s “Top 100” colleges and universities ranging from the Ivy League to excellent liberal-arts colleges, fine and performing arts colleges, and national research universities. 90% of our graduating seniors plan to attend higher education. LI students enjoy personal attention from an accomplished and devoted faculty, genuine respect for their individuality and unique talents, a truly inclusive environment, and outstanding preparation for their choices of colleges or careers.
Our students are encouraged to respect and value diversity and to be active and responsible citizens. In 2009, Lyndon Institute was one of the first two high schools in the U.S. permitted to offer an American high school program in China. We currently partner with three schools in China (Shaoxing, Heifei, and Fuzhou). LI offers a multi-level ESOL program (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and instruction in Spanish, Latin, French, Chinese and Russian.
Our fine and performing arts program consists of 22 courses in chorus, band, jazz band, world music, AP Music Theory, acting, the LI Theater Company, the LI Dance Company, digital photography, AP Studio Art, drawing, pottery, graphic design, painting and printmaking.
Between the first and second semesters, for the first three weeks after the holiday vacation, students participate in “January Term” to focus on project-based learning and immerse themselves in an internship or the intensive study of subjects of their choosing. Most of the classes taught during January Term are created by our students.
We offer over 41 interscholastic sports, extracurricular clubs and programs. Over 24 State Championships have been earned by our athletes since 2000.
Located in the scenic and historic Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, our school is a key educational and cultural resource for our entire community. Our students participate in a number of community service projects. Several on-campus amenities are available to the public: the Bob Heath track (for fitness walking and running); the Simpson Nature Trail (hikes and picnics); the athletic fields (for youth programs); and other facilities host performances and continuing education programs. LI prides itself on being a positive presence and contributing member of the community.
We believe that the primary obligation of our school is to help every student to discover their individual academic, artistic, technological, and athletic aptitudes; to encourage the development of goals appropriate to such aptitude; and to aid in developing the goals for the betterment of one’s self and one’s community.
Head of School: Daren M. Houck