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.

Join us in the January!

We accept students on a rolling space-available basis, and we are now enrolling for January classes.  Admissions information is on our admissions information pageCourse descriptions and the weekly schedule for next year are also available.  Please contact us if you have any questions. 

Pacem Art Raffle

Support Pacem's financial aid fund, and get a chance to win one of four fabulous art pieces in our fall Art Raffle.  You can buy tickets online, from a Pacem student, or find us at the Hunger Mountain Coope 11/13 and 12/4.

Short-term Classes

 All of our classes are open to both homeschoolers and full-time students.  This fall, however, we have a few short-term offerings that might be of particular interest to homeschoolers who are not able to commit to a year-long class.  Explore our short-term offerings in art, French, and ancient history!

Community Lunch

We will be continuing our community lunch program this year, and you are invited!  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

Wednesday November 27 - Friday November 29:   Pacem is closed for Thanksgiving

Thursday December 5:  Improv Acting Thursday workshop

Friday December 20:   Fall presentation celebration

Monday December 23 - Friday January 3:  Pacem closed for winter vacation

 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!"