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Education Opportunities
Montpelier Public School System

The Montpelier Public School System consists of:
  • Union Elementary School (grades K-5),
  • Main Street Middle School (grades 6-8),
  • and Montpelier High School (grades 9-12).  
Many opportunities are available for children, parents, and teens to become involved in the school programs, activities, and events.

More information is found on the Montpelier Public Schools Website.

Montpelier Recreation Department

The Montpelier Recreation Department is located in the School District offices on Barre Street and oversees all of the athletic activities and facilities for the City schools.

The Montpelier Recreation Department
58 Barre Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
(802) 223-5141
Central Vermont Adult Basic Education in Montpelier
59 Elm St.
Montpelier, VT 05602
Tel: (802) 223-3403

The CVABE Learning Center in Montpelier is located at 59 Elm Street on the corner of School and Elm. Our lead teacher and community coordinator is Emily MacFadyen.

Central Vermont Adult Basic Education provides free literacy instruction for adults and out of school youth in the belief that a person who is literate has the essential key for self understanding and for full and active membership in the world. We carry out this mission with the engagement of our communities so that the hopes and efforts of our students will be championed every step of the way.

Higher Education Opportunities
Workshops, Lectures, Classes
Check out the
Calendar of Events
for some of the current offerings.

Opportunities exist for adults and people of all ages to further their education in a particular field, learn specific skills, attend independent courses, or pursue general studies.  Despite its small size, Montpelier boasts of having the following five institutions of higher learning:

Community College of Vermont
32 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 828-4060
Fax: (802) 828-2801
Web site about the Montpelier location:
Located on the Vermont College campus, the Community College of Vermont's Montpelier campus enrolls approximately 900 students annually. This institution largely serves non-traditional students and is part of a statewide system. Administrative and other services are housed at 89 Main Street, City Center.

New England Culinary Institute
56 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 223-6324 or toll-free at (877) 223-6324
As the name suggests, the New England Culinary Institute specializes in education of the culinary arts. NECI enrolls approximately 400 students annually. In addition to the main campus, the school owns and operates the Chef's Table and the Main Street Bar & Grill restaurants and the La Brioche Bakery & Cafe in the downtown.

Vermont College of Fine Arts

36 College Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 828-8600
Offering MFAs in Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, and Visual Art. At Vermont College of Fine Arts, art is all we do. The programs at VCFA are as creative as the art we teach. Here we encourage experimentation and individuality of expression with one-on-one mentoring and low student-to-faculty ratios, and we offer a curriculum that’s always evolving, as well as shaping the future of art.

Union Institute & University
62 Ridge Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
Phone: (802) 828-8500 or toll-free at (888) 828-8575
Union Institute & University offers a different approach to adult education, featuring flexible, individualized, and socially relevant BA/BS, MA, M.Ed., Ed.D., Ph.D., and PsyD degrees, online or through brief residencies. Union enables adults to earn a degree while continuing their family and work commitments. Union’s Vermont academic centers are in Montpelier and Brattleboro.

Other Opportunities Nearby

In addition to the colleges and learning institutions offered right in Montpelier, many educational opportunities can be found a relatively short distance away.
Champlain College
Burlington, Vermont

Goddard College
Plainfield, Vermont

Johnson State College
Johnson, Vermont

Lyndon State College

Lyndonville, Vermont

Middlebury College
Middlebury, Vermont
Norwich University
Northfield, Vermont

Saint Michael's College
Winooski, Vermont

University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont

Vermont Technical College
Randolph, Vermont