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: /pah' chem/ n. Latin for "peace"
At Pacem School we work together to solve problems collaboratively and create a community that honors everyone; we seek peace within ourselves; and we wrestle with the hard questions about how people could live together more peacefully in the world.
We currently have a waiting list for every full-year class for this academic year. We are, however, accepting applications for next year (2023-24). We expect to be full next year, as well, so we encourage you to apply soon! Course descriptions and weekly schedules for next year will be available soon.
Wednesday March 15: 5 pm. Join us for an in person open house and information session. Register here.
April 3: Priority Enrollment Deadline for current students (enrollment materials will be available on or before March 17)
April 7: Priority Application Deadline for new students
April 20: Health Day
April 21: Snowday make-up day. Regular Friday classes
April 24-28: April Vacation
May 8-9: School Trip Days! (no regularly scheduled classes)
May 19-19: School Play
COVID-19 response Winter 2023
We currently have no COVID restrictions in place, however, we encourage people to stay home when they are sick and wear a mask if they feel like they might be coming down with something.
Pacem Stands with People of Color
Across America, people are rising up to demand justice for people of color. Pacem School stands with the BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) community. We mourn the lives lost and damaged by the scourge of racism, and we believe that change is necessary to right the injustice of our society. Read our full statement of support and action here.
Learning in a Multi-Age Community
Goddard College student and Pacem alum, Kiana LaDeau has been contemplating the value learning in a multi-age community, such as we have at Pacem. She says that, among other things, she learned "to view people younger and older than me as my peers, and to see across age divides and appreciate what everyone has to offer." Read her complete piece here.
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!"