Welcome to Pacem

Celebrating Curiosity - Igniting Passions

Pacem School is an intellectually inspiring, joyful learning community in Montpelier, VT. We are a state-approved, full-time independent 6th - 12th grade school, and in addition, we offer coursework and extra-curricular support to homeschoolers age 10-18.  Our students are curious and passionate. We give them time and freedom to pursue their interests while supporting them with an intellectually rich curriculum. Our exceptional faculty, all experts in their fields, inspire and guide our students every day. Pacem provides a community where each student is known and cherished. This setting allows our students to develop confidence, feel empowered, and to blossom.

Pacem: 10 years and beyond

Enjoy our visual retrospective of the past 10 years

What is Pacem?

Students at Pacem tell us what they love about their school.

 Too Much Information!

 Check out this fabulous quiz show video made by our Video Production Class in collaboration with ORCA media.

 Outdoor Days

 Every year we start start the fall outside.  Click to see the fun!

Welcome from Pacem's Director Lexi Shear

Learn more about what makes us unique in this short interview.

Interview with Pacem Parent Zak Griefen

Zak tells us what Pacem has been like for his 11-year-old son Max, naturalist, birder, and artist. 

Interview with Senior Eli Gould

Pacem Senior Eli Gould talks about his capstone project: "Sustainable Living in an Urban Environment" in this inspiring interview.


We're accepting applications and registration for the fall of 2018.  You can find all our our admissions information on this website.  Course descriptions and the weekly schedule for 2018-19 are available.  Please contact us if you have questions.

Seed Sale!

Get a head start on spring... order your seeds now!  We are again selling organic seeds from High Mowing to support Pacem 50% of all sales go directly to support our programs.  You can order from your favorite Pacem student, or directly through our website.  

New Science Course in January

I'm excited to announce that a new science course "Shake, Rattle, and Roll" will be starting in January.  This once-a-week class for middle school students will explore the physics of all things that move.  More information is here.


Community Lunch

New this year, we are hosting a monthly community lunch!  All the information and a link to let us know you're coming is here.  Lunches will feature soup from Joe's Kitchen at Screamin' Ridge Farm.


 Upcoming Events


Friday December 21:  Presentation Celebration 4 - 6:30

Monday December 24 - Friday January 4:  Winter vacation!

Monday January 7:  Classes resume

Monday January 21:  School is open for Martin Luther King Day.  Stay tuned for more info

Wednesday January 23:  Monthly Community Lunch.

Thursday November 29 7:00 - 8:30 pmBookreading with education author Kathleen Kesson


 Praise for Pacem

"Pacem has helped my naturally inquisitive son rediscover his love of learning! He is continually stimulated and urged to make connections and think critically.  His relationships with faculty and students inspire and excite him making his experience at Pacem truly transformative!"