Red Cedar School

Special Programs

Life at Red Cedar involves a wide mix of opportunities: academic, social, physical, artistic, inside, outside, in nature, in the local community and far from home. Special programs augment classroom learning and ensure a balanced experience.

  • A strong environmental program involves students in a range of activities that foster a love of nature and an informed awareness of the environment.

  • Students help to build and maintain an outdoor classroom space on the school’s land. They have participated in the building of a small barn, cob oven, shed to cover the oven, a yurt, and a stove to heat the yurt. The outdoor classroom is used for a wide range of activities including workshops, class projects and play.

  • Wednesday afternoons are set aside for workshops in the visual and performing arts, outdoor adventure, crafts, and other hands-on ventures.

  • Multi-day backpacking and snowshoeing wilderness trips are undertaken with the older groups each year.

  • In the winter, the entire school skis each Wednesday afternoon, with a choice of alpine or Nordic skiing, or snowboarding.

  • We undertake cultural trips out of the area in connection with our social studies focus each year. Trips have included Plimoth Plantation, Sturbridge Village and Boston, MA; Montreal and Toronto, Canada; Acadia National Park, New York City and Washington D.C.

  • For a week during mud-season each year we turn every classroom into an art studio and dive into Arts Immersion Week. Students choose week-long morning and afternoon art workshops. Recent Arts Week offerings have included set-design (we typically do a performance of one-act plays in the week following Arts Week), pottery, the art of South American cooking (each year a different culture is offered; previous offerings have included Greek and Italian cooking), African drumming, pack-basket weaving, mural painting, chair building and carving, and trumpet.

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Red Cedar School
246 Hardscrabble Road
P.O. Box 393
Bristol, VT 05443
802-453-5213