Why Maple Street?
Excellence at Maple Street is seen in many ways…
Through a stimulating curriculum, value is placed on high academic achievement, meaningful engagement in the visual and performing arts, participation in athletics, and the development of individual and social responsibility. We instill in our students the joy of learning so that they may know the satisfaction of attaining knowledge and understanding.
- All students in grades two through eight take the E.R.B. standardized diagnostic assessment annually. Two-thirds of all Maple Street students scored in or above the 96th percentile national norm in one or more tests.
- 38 students qualified for eligibility to the Johns Hopkins C.T.Y. Program.
- 97% of our students in grades three through eight participate in our interscholastic athletics program, which includes soccer, basketball, and tennis.
- Our students have competed at the national or state level in ice hockey, alpine, Nordic and freestyle skiing, snowboarding, tennis, horseback riding, squash, figure skating, karate, taekwondo, and the Olympic Development Program for soccer.
- Collaborative partnerships that provide world-class arts opportunities for our students have been formed with the Southern Vermont Arts Center, Weston Playhouse, Manchester Music Festival, Missoula Children’s Theatre, and the Northshire Bookstore. Our musicians are selected annually to participate in the Vermont District Chorus and the Vermont Midi Opus competition.
- Community service efforts have fostered relationships with programs that support local, state and international causes, including the BOMA Fund and Cows for Kids, GNAT-TV, Equinox Terrace, Mark Skinner Library, Second Chance Animal Shelter, and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.
- Through the morning meeting program and classroom presentations each student develops public speaking skills in a progressive program. This emphasis culminates in each Maple Street graduate’s commencement speech.
- Students in grades six through eight travel to Washington D.C., Quebec, New York City, and Boston in order to experience first-hand the focus of their year-long studies.
Why an independent school?
The reasons cited over and over again by the 400,000 families who send their children to independent schools include individual attention, small classes, teacher excellence, and high academic standards. But the main motive for families looking into independent private schools can be summarized in one word: Quality. They want, quite simply, the best for their sons and daughters.
The National Educational Longitudinal Study (NELS), conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, confirms what independent school families have known for years: larger percentages of students in independent schools are enrolled in advanced courses than in public, parochial, and other private schools.
Independent School students:
- Do twice as much homework as their counterparts
- Watch only two-thirds as much television
- Are significantly more likely to participate in varsity or intramural sports
- Are more likely to agree that students and teachers get along well, discipline is fair, and teaching is good.
With results like these, it is not surprising that NAIS enrollments are increasing at double the rate of all other schools in this country.
Excerpt from the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) Website