News & Events

Rita Pierson & Adele Diamond: Ideas in Education


If you haven’t yet had a chance to listen to these great educators speak about the value of relationship in education and new ideas about attention, we encourage you to have a listen.  Great food for thought and action!

Thanks for a great summer session!


We had a blast learning, sailing, playing on the beach, writing poetry, gardening, doing research and making presentations.  Looking forward to seeing many of you soon for the fall semester.

Having a ball at summer session!


Summer in Vermont.  Beautiful Rock Point School property.  Having fun!

Arts & Letters


Rock Point School’s beloved, long-time English teacher (now retired), Marylen Grigas, has a new poem, “About Muscle” forthcoming in The New Yorker.  Paul Muldoon, the poetry editor of The New Yorker, wrote to her saying that he was “very taken by this poem.”  In addition to featuring the poem in an upcoming issue, the magazine is also making a sound recording of Marylen reading the poem.

And …

Former staff Becky Kinkead has a show of her paintings on display through the month at the Edgewater Gallery in Middlebury, VT.  To get information about gallery hours or to see Becky’s paintings, click here.  Becky worked as a dorm staff at Rock Point School, at which time, she was already an accomplished ceramicist.  She then went back to school to pursue an education in painting.  She has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions, won awards and fellowships, and her paintings are in the collections of Oprah Winfrey, Gayle King, and several major hotels and business.

Congratulations to Marylen and Becky!

Live Free or Die!

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For the first weekend of summer session, we set off to New Hampshire! The first stop was Littleton, where we went to Chutter’s Candy Store, home of the world’s longest candy counter. As we enjoyed our sweet treats, we made our way to Bob Copeland’s studio. Copeland is a former weatherman and current painter, whose work is focused on the New England Landscape. Our next stop was the Frost Place, former home of poet Robert Frost and now a museum dedicated to his life and work. We ended our day with a swim in ECHO Lake and then settled in for the night at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Redeemer in Plymouth, NH.

Sunday morning brought breakfast at a local bagel shop and a hike to Franconia Falls. The hike to the falls was over three miles, but the swim at the end was worth it! After eating lunch by the falls, we headed back home to school. What a way to start the summer session!

Summer Session 2014 Has Begun!

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Monday, July 7th our third summer session began! So far we’ve had orientation meetings, many trips to the beach, an introduction to poetry, and a sailing lesson. The mornings have been full of classes where students are working to develop a research project on a topic of their choice, as well as studying poetry and writing. So far, we’ve had excellent weather, allowing for lots of swimming and a BBQ at the lake today. This afternoon’s sailing lesson included a swim test and learning how to right a boat after capsizing. Tune in for adventures as the summer session continues!

Wiffle Fest 2014

wifflefest logo17th annual wiffle ball tournament to benefit Rock Point School

June 20 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

  • youth teams (little league age/young teens) of 4 players play “running” wiffle ball
  • Youth teams = $10/player

June 21 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • teams of 2 adults or adult-youth combo play “hit for distance – with ghost runners” wiffle ball.

All games played at Rock Point on the school’s upper field and the D.G. Weaver Field behind the school.

Sportsmanship first, competition second – join us for a day of play.

Team entry fee = $100 suggested fundraising goal/team, sponsorships of more encouraged – raffle prizes for teams that register with $100 or more.

Contact C.J. Spirito to reserve your team spot

802-863-1104 x 16 or 802-578-9846

Wiffle Fest Information: Rules, Notes, Guidelines, etc.

Why Play in Wiffle Fest?

Support Wiffle Fest 2014!

Dear Friends of Rock Point School:

We are hosting our 17th annual wiffle ball tournament at Rock Point and are hoping you will support our efforts to raise money for scholarships. Rock Point School is an independent, non-profit day and boarding high school nestled in between Burlington High School and North Beach. We serve approximately 30 students each year, providing opportunities for teens to transform their relationship with themselves and others. Our students are all individual thinkers who look for meaning in their lives and the world around them. They succeed in our educational setting because we strike a balance of accepting them as who they are, and at the same time challenging them to reflect and make life decisions that will allow them to step forward in life with confidence and a solid voice. Perhaps you were an independent learner or know people who are?

Would you consider supporting us to raise scholarship for these students? Please check out the participation options below – we would love to have you involved!

Wiffle Fest Fenway Park

Wiffle Fest Fenway Park

Thank you for considering us – I hope to be in touch soon.


C.J. Spirito

Ways you can help:

  • Sponsor a field – have a field named after your business. You can provide a banner or we can order one for you to post on the outfield fence. Your business name will be on all of the tournament material, on our website ( ), and named verbally during the tournament. Cost: $300, not including cost of banner Banners Unlimited is offering discounted banners for businesses making banners for this event.
  • Sponsor a team – have a team play with your business name as their team name. Your business will be on all tournament material, on our website, and named verbally during the tournament. $300.
  • Donate to RPS, either financially or in kind.
  • Come visit the school, understand what we are doing, and tell people about the opportunities that are here for teens.




Wiffle Fest 2013





Run, Rock Point, Run: Marathon 2014

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On May 24th, Rock Point students and staff participated in the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon. This year, we had more runners in the race than ever before! Two relay teams, one of three students and one of four, competed in the race, with one student 11 miles! The seven runners trained through the spring with a youth program through RunVermont, learning about pacing, nutrition, teamwork, and setting goals.

Additionally, we hosted our annual water station at mile 24.8! Students, staff, and staff families volunteered to provide hydration and moral support to runners through the day. Everyone enjoyed the beautiful day and witnessing the sheer determination of the racers! Congratulations to our own relay teams!


The Play’s the Thing: Vermont Young Playwrights’ Festival 2014

On May 14th, Core 2 (11th and 12th graders) attended the 20th Annual Vermont Young Playwrights’ Festival at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in Burlington. The festival is the culmination of a playwriting project, featuring student written plays from around the state. Our students began their playwriting process in November with two workshops led by professional playwright and actor, Seth Jarvis. Jarvis worked with Molly Coffey our English teacher to help each member of the class produce a 10-minute play. In February, our Drama Club performed five of the plays for a live audience. After some final editing, in April the plays were submitted to the state-wide festival. At the festival, students participated in workshops, learning about stage fighting, improv, and the writing process. Students were able to see plays from other schools around the state and two of our students’ plays were accepted to the festival and performed by professional actors! Check out the youtube links to see “Demon Play” by Sam McArthur and “Frosty Toe Morgue” by Kevin Jones!

Into the Wild!


This weekend eight students and two staff members traveled to New Hampshire to explore the White Mountain National Forest. After ascending over 2,700 feet, students spent the night at Lonesome Lake Hut, run by the AMC. Some brave students and staff even took a plunge into the still-frozen lake!