Founded in 1876, Vermont Academy is a coed, college preparatory, boarding and day secondary school in Saxtons River, Vermont. Vermont Academy operates under a system of guiding principles known as the Vermont Academy Core Beliefs. They state that:

Each member of the Vermont Academy community:
* is important, has worth and dignity, and is viewed as an asset;
* acts with the highest level of honesty and integrity;
* will grow and develop, and is given the opportunity to do so here;
* seeks and gives help when appropriate;
* strives to achieve high and reasonable standards in the pursuit of personal excellence;
* cultivates strengths and seeks to overcome challenges;
* embraces personal and direct interaction to address issues and resolve differences;
* considers the impact of their actions on both the immediate and world community, for the benefit of present and future generations.