Yankee Magazine has described Middlebury as “the cultural and intellectual capital of Vermont.”
We find this a fitting description for a town that is home to nine accredited, star-rated preschools and child care centers, an award-winning school district, and one of the top liberal art schools in the nation. From early education through college, Middlebury boasts an educational system that gives children the best foundation for lifelong learning.
With a proud history of more than 200 years, Middlebury College is one of the most highly regarded liberal arts colleges in the nation. It is a classic liberal arts college with more than 45 departments, plus interdisciplinary centers, graduate programs, and international opportunities. Its beautiful campus buzzes with a vibrant residential community, and its stunning facilities are filled with activity.
Middlebury College connects the community with international opportunities, regularly hosting scholars and thought leaders from around the world. Many of these events are open to the public. Speakers have included such dignitaries as President Bill Clinton, New York Mayor Rudi Giuliani, and three-time visitor, the Dalai Lama.
Summer is a uniquely cultural time in Middlebury. This is when Middlebury College’s summer Language School is in session, infusing the town with global awareness. Each student in the program must speak the language they’re learning for the entire summer — and only that language. Absolutely no English! Dining out in Middlebury during the summer, you may be surrounded by tables speaking Mandarin, German, Portuguese, or one of eleven other languages.
ACSU School District
The Addison Central Supervisory Union (ACSU) serves over 1,700 PreK-12 students in the greater Middlebury area, including the towns of Middlebury, Bridport, Cornwall, Ripton, Salisbury, Shoreham, and Weybridge. ACSU is comprised of seven elementary schools, a union middle school, and a union high school.
ACSU’s commitment to world-class education is evidenced in its dual focus on Common Core standards and the development of skills needed to prepare students for the 21st century workplace. The significant cultural resources found within the Middlebury community enable ACSU schools to establish global competence as a core learning objective.
Our schools have received numerous awards and perform strongly on state and national academic indicators. Teachers bring a student-centered approach to instruction, and ACSU graduates are well prepared for successful careers and engaged citizenry.
Middlebury Union High School
Middlebury Union High School prepares students for future challenges by nurturing academic and social experiences in a safe, supportive environment. It provides a strong core academic experience with several Advanced Placement courses and a broad offering of elective courses. Graduates are routinely admitted to some of the finest colleges and universities in the county.
A sampling of the colleges and universities that MUHS graduates have attended in the past two years are:
- Harvard University
- Princeton University
- Williams College
- Bowdoin College
- Cornell University
- Pomona College
- Yale University
- Carleton University
- University of Chicago
- Johns Hopkins University
- Middlebury College
- Columbia University
Middlebury is home to two premier libraries. The stately Ilsley Library is Middlebury’s community library and traces its roots back to 1848. Ilsley hosts regular events for all ages, including book groups, author lectures, pre-k yoga, writing groups, and film screenings. In particular, the Ilsley’s children section has drawn praise as having a collection and staff that “surpasses many city libraries.”
Middlebury College boasts one of the finest libraries of any liberal arts institution in the world. At a roomy 143,000 square feet—roughly 3 acres—the Davis Family Library boasts 725 seats, wired and wireless networks, service desks accessible from a spacious atrium, state-of-the-art classrooms, group study rooms, and offices.