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Woodstock Union High School

100 Amsden Way, Woodstock, Vermont 05091

     We are a diverse community committed to the discovery of promise in each of us, and           
dedicated to the full development of intellect, curiosity, energy, and conscience.

Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICERS: Mary Beth Banios, Superintendent; Sherry Sousa, Director of Instructional Support Services; Garon Smail, Principal; Heather Lawler, Associate Principal; Hannah Leland, Dean of Students; Stephen Stuntz, Special Education Coordinator; Justin Wardwell, Director of Athletics; Heather Hansen, Registrar     Telephone: 802/457-1317   FAX 802/457-1850   www.wuhsms.org  CEEB#460520


COUNSELING SERVICES DEPARTMENT: Christopher Cate, Director; Sofia Bertocci, School Counselor; Nerissa Edwards, School Counselor; Vali Stuntz, School Counselor;  Janet North, Counseling Services Administrative Assistant; Joni Kennedy, Student Records, Scholarship Coordinator  Telephone: 802/457-1930   FAX 802/457-1392

Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges



OUR SCHOOL is a comprehensive, fully accredited public high school offering a course of studies for four years as described by the Department of Education in Vermont.  In our recent history, we have been awarded recognition for excellence by the United States Department of Education and we have earned a Public School Medallion from the Vermont Business Roundtable.  Woodstock Union High School was awarded the national silver medal and ranked #6 in the state and #1,207 nationally out of 21,776 schools in theU.S. NewsBest High Schools 2012 rankings. Rankings are based on college readiness, math proficiency, and reading proficiency.  Our district is composed the following towns: Barnard, Bridgewater, Killington, Pomfret, Reading and Woodstock. Our school also accepts tuition students from other towns. We participate in Vermont’s School Choice Program. The enrollment this year is 324 (+ or -).  The Union has a total population of about 7312 (2010 census); each sending town has a local elementary school.


OUR STAFF includes a Principal, an Associate Plrincipal, a Dean of Students, four school counselors and two school nurses.  We have 38 full and part-time teachers, and some are shared staff with the Middle School; of the 38, 31 have earned one or more advanced degrees (beyond the bachelor’s level).  Teachers are guided by an Administrative Team which consists of department chairs, advisory team, the dean of students and the principal.  Our regional Career and Technology Center is located in White River Junction/Hartford, Vermont. The Hartford Career and Technology Center serves all students including those who are preparing for the world of work and or seeking post secondary education at both associate degree and bachelor degree levels. The 12 programs at HACTC are experiential and hands on including dual enrollment opportunities in each program with community and technical colleges located in Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. This highly competitive program had a 55% post secondary placement in 2013. We have an offsite program, Options,

designed to assist some students.  Our teacher-pupil ratio is 9:1. We enjoy paraprofessional, secretarial, and custodial staff.

We recognize the value of community participation, and students are urged to participate via extra and co-curricular activities, a Supervised Work Experience Program (SWEP), Career Exploration, and Student Intern.  Community Service is encouraged but not required for the diploma; about 40% of our students are active in volunteer work.  The school community enjoys a monthly meeting called “Best Thursday” which is managed by our Student Council.


ACADEMIC OPPORTUNITIES AT OUR SCHOOL include courses in required distributions which include Language, Literature and the Arts; Mathematics, Science and Technology; Social Studies; Physical Education and Health, and electives in Agricultural Education, Business and Computer Technology, Family and Consumer Science, Foreign Language; some electives are offered on site in Technology Education.  Our campus enjoys two greenhouse facilities.   Our students may apply for Early Graduation as a three year course of study program.  Eligible students may study at the Vermont Academy of Science and Technology (VAST) at the Vermont Technical College in the Grade l2 year.  This year we have a student enrolled in study at Dartmouth through the special Community Program. A course description and synopsis is available for every course of study offered in our school.  The school publishes a Program of Studies booklet annually.  Advanced Placement (Level I) opportunities this year include Calculus, Computer Science, Computer Science Principles, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, French, Government & Politics, Physics 2, Spanish, Studio Art and United States History.  Latin students in the fourth year of study have the option of taking the AP Latin exam. At the end of the first course selection and auditioning period, enrollments in AP courses totaled 161.  Independent, self directed studies are available to learners who have demonstrated independence in scholarship.  Online and Virtual High School courses are available to our students, but each must earn the approval of Mr. Bango, our Technology Integration Teacher, the appropriate department chair, and our administration.


The Class of 2017 is required to evidence l8 required credits and at least 7 additional courses.  Most students exceed the minimum number of 25 credits for the diploma, and many seek opportunities for Independent Study, travel and exchange programs, and collegiate study in the area.  We accept up to four foreign exchange students annually; by Policy, the school only approves students for which we have an appropriate program, and the organization must be listed by the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel.  Similarly, a small number of our students participate in foreign study, travel, or exchange programs and transfer credits earned.  We currently have a two week and a semester long reciprocating exchange program with a sister school inVielhas, Spain and St.Gaudens, France.Our school works closely with the wider community; parents, family members, and other community supporters are often present for various activities sponsored by the school (especially in athletics, the annual Art Exhibit, for Yoh Theatre productions, and at concerts).   We enjoy a Union Arena Community Center on campus.

The recent enactment of Personalized Learning Plan requirements in the state of Vermont through the Flexible Pathways Bill will help students achieve academic success, be prepared for post-secondary opportunities, and engage actively in civic life.

A personalized learning plan (or PLP) is developed by students in grades 7-10 as a way to help them achieve short- and long-term learning goals.  Through the PLP, students participate in a thoughtful, deliberate process to identify their learning goals and the learning expectations of their school. The purpose of the PLP process at WUHSMS is to engage students in crafting, working towards, and refining future educational and personal goals with the support of parents, teachers, and the community. Two other programs that have significant impact on Woodstock students are the following: Dual Enrollment and Early College. These options are two programs that students are increasingly taking advantage of to expand their academic endeavors.  Seniors also have the option of creating their own experience through a class entitled Senior Concentration.  Through these experiences students can explore careers or areas of interest more deeply. On average 11 students per year take advantage of the Dual Enrollment Program and the Early College Program currently has 1 student participating from the class of 2017.  

THE EVALUATION SYSTEM respects individual student’s needs, varied learning styles, and each student’s unique aspirations and goals.  Since l998, GPA has been determined by averaging precise numerical grades and adding Quality Points for Honors (+5) and Advanced Placement Courses (+10).  Our administration and faculty hope that this method best reflects performance and assists employers and college admissions personnel in candidate selection.  Weighted courses are denoted on the transcript as Level I (Advanced Placement), Level II (Honors) and Level III (college prep). A complete list can also be found at the back of the school profile.  It is the policy of Woodstock Union High School to offer academic honors to those students who have achieved academic excellence during their high school career.  Except for the Valedictorian and the Salutatorian, WUHS does not provide a class rank. The Valedictorian and Salutatorian are determined at the end of the third quarter marking period of the student’s senior year. Honor Roll status is earned by having no grade lower than 80%: Seniors must have five credits while all others must have six credits. To reach Summa Cum Laude a student must achieve an adjusted GPA of 96% or higher for the marking period while Magna Cum Laude students must achieve an adjusted GPA of 92% or higher for the marking period.   Students may seek approval for earning partial PE credits through participation in school sanctioned athletics.  Though not required for the diploma, students are encouraged to study non-native languages.  The Art Department assists students in the presentation of a Portfolio for alternative assessment.   All departments in the school are encouraged to differentiate instruction and to engage in interdepartmental collaborative projects.  Block scheduling began (after a self study and survey) during the 2002-2003 school year; four 80-minute blocks per day on a two day alternating cycle.   


THE CLASS OF 2017 consists of 83 (+ or -) students who have earned at least l9 credits prior to the senior year.  The Principal assures the community that each graduate in June will have earned the following:

At least 6 credits in ARTS, LANGUAGE, AND LITERATURE


At least 3 credits in SOCIAL STUDIES


and at least 7 credits in additional courses to total 25 credits

Each student’s course of study is indicated on an official transcript which bears the school’s seal and is signed by a school official.  For more than a decade, the following evaluation system has been in use:

Grade                                     Standard

90­­-100             A                     Exceptional Quality

80-89               B                     Good Quality

70-79               C                     Acceptable Quality

60-69               D                     Minimum Level for Credit

0-59                 F                      Not Yet Competent, Not Acceptable


Occasionally, faculty and students may seek opportunities for independent study which may award credit but not bear an evaluation.  Courses taken at area colleges, by correspondence with accredited colleges and universities, or are part of a foreign exchange program pre-approved by the Principal are included in the GPA but do not carry weight.  Community service projects are similarly reported. The Pass acknowledgment (P) on a transcript does not reflect a minimum performance level.  College personnel are urged to seek further explanation of this indicator on a candidate’s record.  Often the indicator reflects personal and academic initiative or community service which is extraordinary.

OUR DISTRICT enjoys certain characteristics which may be relevant when considering class success.  Given that much of recent research indicates that predictors of student success in school are parent income and parent education level, it may be important to note that our sending communities have a higher-than-average proportion (more than 50%) of parents with college degrees, post graduate degrees, and upper income status.   Woodstock is well situated near the Ottauquechee River and the Killington Ski Area; it is a known tourist destination with a high percentage of employment in the resort and four season industries.  The area is known for equine interests and history, small entrepreneurial businesses, art galleries, and restaurants.  

 In recent years, 66% to 83% of our students have chosen to attend college; of these, one out of four was accepted at a selective or highly selective college or university (using “selective” to describe an institution which admits 60% or fewer of the candidate pool).  The entire range of post secondary aspiration (associate’s degree through doctoral degree) at Woodstock Union was 78% in 2016.

The state of Vermont reported 41% of women have earned a bachelor’s degree; in our sending towns, 59% of the women have earned a bachelor’s degree.  Similarly, Vermont reported 34% of the men hold a bachelor’s degree, while in our district, that number is 47%.  

The graduating class of 2016 had acceptance at a post secondary education institution at a rate of 78%; 70% for a bachelor’s degree (or higher) with an additional 8% of our graduates planning to complete a certificate career program or an associate’s degree; less than 5% of our students indicated that the high school diploma was the highest level of education planned.  A small number of students report an intention of taking a year away from school (called a “gap year” or “transition year”), and the school counselors report that some seek and defer admission.  A small percentage (2 to 4%) typically seek placement in the military services.  The last fifteen years show in-house aspiration rates of:



Class of 2016 00     01     02     03     04     05     06     07     08     09     10     11     12     13     14   15    16
% 4 year: 63     55     65     65     68     54     68     66     65     67     68     60     73     62     60   71    70
% other:  11     11     02     08     03     16       9     10     13     13     12     10     10     15     11     1     8
TOTAL %: 74     66     67     73     71     70     77     76     78     80      80    70     83     77     71     72   78

Most of our students reported working part time and/or participated in meaningful volunteer activities; most believed the work had no adverse impact on school performance.  It is possible that our students who apply for Work Study opportunities at college will have behaviors in place for time management.   About one third of our college bound students choose to remain in state for continuing education post high school; two thirds accept placements out of state.  Graduates who continued their education indicated that their most frequently sought majors were in the Visual or Performing Arts, Communications, Journalism and related fields.  Others included Computer & Information Sciences & Support Services, Biological & Biomedical Sciences, Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies and Social Sciences.  College admissions officers report the most frequently declared major is “Undecided,” but only 17.4% of our student population in the Class of 2012 declared Undecided.  Despite the educational status of our parent population and our students’ aspiration rate, we have socioeconomic diversity and we are grateful to community resources which presented 46 awards to students totaling $165,010 in scholarship aid (presented at the June 2015 Senior Awards evening).  Some awards are need based, and others are merit and interest based. 



2016 Average   Reading  Math  Writing  Total
Woodstock Union HS  563 556 537 1656





US (2013)  496 514 488 1498





Total #

Of Students

Total #

of Tests 

% Earning

Scores of 3

% Earning

Scores of 4

% Earning

 Scores of 5

2016 83 140 31 34 14


COUNSELING SERVICES in our district begin, for the most part, in elementary school with ample opportunity for group and individual guidance.  The Middle School has a full time school counselor.  High School Counselors serve as a Liaison with the Hartford Area Career and Technology Center, Supervisor of the Peer Counseling Program and is a contact for military placement.  All three high school counselors facilitate students in seeking post secondary placement in career and college, and all three welcome college representatives to campus. The counselors participate in consultation and supervision regularly.  Members of the Class of 2016 filed, on the average, 6 college applications per student with a range of 1 to 20 per student (to total 512 applications filed).  Official school documents are sent via Naviance, a comprehensive and secure online solution used by thousands of institutions.All three school counselors provide academic, career, and personal, social-emotional counseling to students.  No student is coerced to use counseling services, yet the department reports high frequency of use with 90% student approval rating  (2014 data, the last available at this time).  All the counselors hold Master’s degrees.  The department has membership in the American Counseling Association, the American School Counselor Association, the National Association for College Admission Counseling, and The New England Association of College Admissions Counselors.  The counselor-student ratio is 130-1.  The Department has a full time administrative assistant who manages the upload of student applications to colleges and who assists the Principal’s administrative assistant in arranging scholarship distribution from local sources.  The Department has a full time Records Clerk who maintains the records for the department and who coordinates scholarship opportunities for students throughout the school year.  Eight peer counselors provide outreach and support under the auspices of Counseling Services.  The school counselors adhere to the Ethical Standards of the American Counseling Association and the American School Counselors Association; the peer counselors adhere to the National Peer Helpers Association standards and their own published code.


ENDORSED SCHOOL ACTIVITIES include Earth Beat, Farm to School, Forensics/Debate, French Club, Senior and Intermediate Math Team, National Honor Society, Queer Straight Alliance, Spanish Club, Supervised Work Experience Program (SWEP), Student Council, Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program/Students Against Destructive Decisions, Jazz Band, Woodstock Newspaper (What’s the Buzz), Yearbook, Yoh Theatre Players. COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES includes Agriculture Exploration Club, Student Intern, Rotary Interact, SOS Peer Counseling, Spectrum Teen Center.  ATHLETIC PROGRAMS include baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, nordic, alpine, snowboarding, soccer, softball, tennis and track.  Our school collaborates with the Conservation Leadership Institute (formerly Vermont Youth Conservation Corps) to bring field opportunities in tandem with academic requirement for credit toward the diploma. The Class of 2017 has some well defined senior privileges and responsibilities, an active group of senior officers, and class advisors. 

MEMBERS:  National Association of College Admission Counselors, New England Association of College Admissions Counselors, American Counseling Association, American School Counselor Association.

MEMBERS:  National Association of College Admission Counselors, New England Association of College Admissions Counselors, American Counseling Association, American School Counselor Association.



Acadia University

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Arizona State University

Green Mountain College

SUNY at New Paltz

Army National Guard

Harvey Mudd College

Syracuse University

Babson College

Haverford College

The New School

Bates College

Hobart and Wm Smith Colleges

United States Marine Corps

Bryant University

Husson University

United States Navy

Bucknell University

Loyola University New Orleans

University of New Hampshire

Castleton State College

Lyndon State College

University of  Northwestern Ohio

Colby College

MA College of Art & Design

University of South Carolina

Columbia College Chicago

McGill University

University of Utah

Community College of Vermont

Montserrat College of Art

University of Vermont

Cornell University

North Carolina State University

Vermont Technical College

Duke University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Wentworth Institute of Tech

Emerson College

River Valley Community College

Wheaton College

Emmanuel College

Saint Joseph's College of Maine


Endicott College

Saint Louis University



(Points do not appear on transcript but are incorporated into GPA)


Level I Course: Weighted +10 (10 points to be added to the final grade)

Advanced Placement Calculus        

Advanced Placement Computer Science   

Advanced Placement Computer Science Principles    

Advanced Placement Spanish Language        

Advanced Placement Statistics     

Advanced Placement Studio Art

Advanced Placement U.S. History

*Advanced Placement World History

Advanced Placement French Language                         

*Advanced Placement Psychology

Advanced Placement English and Language        

Advanced Placement English and Literature        

*Advanced Placement Environmental Science        

*Advanced Placement European History        

*Latin IV Virgil                                                           

*Advanced Placement Government & Politics



Level II Courses: Weighted +5 (5 points to be added to the final grade)

Algebra II – Accelerated

Biology – Honors


*Advanced Photography

*English I – Honors 

English II – Honors                                                                   

*European History Honors 

French III       

French IV     

French, Advanced    

Geometry, Accelerated                                                             


U.S. History Honors


Latin IV




English III – Honors       


*English IV– Senior Honors Seminar       

Spanish IV

Spanish, Advanced

Studio Art II

Studio Art III

Treble Choir





                *Not offered every year or no longer offered


        *Not offered every year or no longer offered                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Level III Courses: Weighted 0 (All other courses not listed)

Virtual High School (VHS):  AP VHS Courses Weighted +10 (10 points to be added to the final grade), Honors/Pre-AP VHS Courses Weighted +5 (5 points to be added to the final grade), all other VHS Coursed Weighted 0

Virtual High School is a non-profit consortium of schools that offer full-semester online courses, including AP and Honors studies.


In accordance with Title VI, Title IX, and the rules and regulations as defined by the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, it is a policy of Woodstock Union High School that no person, upon the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, creed or faith, sex or age shall be excluded from participation, denied privileges, or be subjected to discrimination in any educational program or activity in our school.  A Policy Committee under the auspices of our Board of School Directors reviews policies systematically, and all staff is responsible to the policies of our school.


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100 Amsden Way
Woodstock, Vermont 05091

  • High School: (802) 457- 1317
  • Middle School: (802) 457- 1330

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