Long Trail School, VT

Long Trail School, VT
Long Trail School, Vermont

Coed Day School, Grades 6th – 12th
Head of School: Seth Linfield, Interim Head of School, Long Trail School, Doreset, VT

School Profile

1045 Kirby Hollow Road
Dorset, VT 05251
Co-ed Day school
195 students, Grades 6th – 12th
Head of School for July 1, 2018

Long Trail School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school located in Dorset, Vermont with 195 students in grades 6 through 12. LTS takes pride in small class sizes, a talented and committed faculty, Long Trail School, Vermontwelcoming community spirit and a rigorous curriculum complemented by the celebrated International Baccalaureate Program. Long Trail School is the only Vermont school to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, a rigorous course of study designed for highly motivated juniors and seniors. The IB curriculum emphasizes how to learn, how to problem solve, and how to reach considered conclusions on the many issues that will face students in the future.

Founded in 1975, Long Trail has grown from a small rented space serving 14 students to a state-of-the-art, 60,000-square-foot schoolhouse on a 16 acre campus. Over the past four decades their campus has expanded to accommodate both Middle and Upper Schools, athletic facilities and fields, a state-of-the-art performing arts center and a prolific greenhouse.

Long Trail students come from a range of nearby towns in southwestern Vermont and New York state, as well as several foreign countries.

Long Trail Beliefs

Long Trail believes that the way they teach must be creative and dynamic and mindful of the differences among students. These are the beliefs that shape their approach:

  • Learning how to think is more important than being told what to think
  • Curiosity and conversation motivate
  • Children deserve a safe, welcoming, and supportive school where everybody is known and valued
  • Diversity improves the educational experience
  • A dynamic classroom responds to the individuality of each child
  • A balance of challenge and support moves learners to greater understanding and skill
  • Teaching and learning work best in small groups
  • Education is a shared responsibility

The Board of Trustees seeks a permanent Head of School to begin July 1, 2018. Significant experience in a senior leadership position, fundraising expertise and outstanding personal qualities are required. An advanced degree is preferred.

Candidates interested in this position are asked to submit the following materials to

EC Candidate Summary Sheet (contact Doug Cummings or Deirdre Ling for that document)

  • Cover letter addressed to the Search Committee
  • Resume
  • Statement of educational philosophy
  • A list of five or more references with contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses)
  • Up to three letters of reference (optional)

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