Quaker school finally finds home (2/4/10)

Feb. 4, 2010

After nearly two years of searching, a new alternative learning school has decided to open in Burlington.

The first school year for the Green Mountain Friends School will begin in September at the Ethan Allen Homestead in Burlington. The school will base its curriculum on the 300-year-old Quaker tradition and educate children ages 5 to 14.

“A Friends school is a community that honors the voice within each person,” school founder Annie Galloway said in a press release. “This practice brings a level of respect and mindfulness that shapes the school from the inside out.”

The school plans to evaluate the Burlington homestead during the academic year to determine if it’s convenient for enrolled students. In the past year, the school looked throughout Chittenden County, including in Williston, for a suitable location.

The Green Mountain Friends School will hold a series of open houses in the next few weeks, beginning Feb. 11. For more information, contact Annie Galloway at 734-1616 or visit the school’s Web site at www.vtquakerschool.org.


— Tim Simard, Observer staff