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 8 - 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 are extremely proud both of our small Pacem community, and the greater community of Vermont for their support and courage during this unprecedented time. We are excited to announce that we will be opening for in-person classes this fall according to our published schedule. We plan to be entirely outside in September and October! Not only will this help us to be safe, but it will offer some wonderful curricular opportunities. Once it is too cold, we will be inside, spaced 6 feet apart in our spacious classrooms. Read a summary of our plan for ensuring the health and safety of our community, or for more details, see the full plan here.
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.
Monday January 4: School opens after winter break
Monday January 18: School is open for Martin Luther King, jr. Day
Friday January 22: Fall narrative assessments of students sent out
Monday Feb 22 - Tuesday March 2: School closed for February vacation
Homeschool Enrichment Classes
Some of our classes are full, but we still have space in these great enrichment classes. They are all short-term (just for the fall) and homeschoolers are particularly encouraged to join us for these! More information is 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!"