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State Policies in Vermont  

Vermont state policy leaves LEA to determine whether acceleration is permitted.

Grade-based Acceleration

Early entrance to kindergartenVermont Statute 16-25-1073(a) states that children must have “attained the age of five years on or before January 1" to enroll in kindergarten. However, "a school district may require that students admitted to kindergarten have attained the age of five on or before any date between August 31 and January 1."
Early entrance to 1st gradeIf you know where to find this information, please e-mail us.
Whole-grade accelerationAlthough the district would need to comply, grade advancement is possible and schools are required to have plans for this accelerative option according to the Vermont 2000 School Quality Standards.
Early high school graduationVermont allows for some flexibility in meeting graduation requirements (which can be found on page 10 of the School Quality Standards). As long as the district approves, grade advancement is possible. Schools are required to have plans for this accelerative option. 
Early entrance to collegeIf you know where to find this information, please e-mail us.

Content-based Acceleration

Dual or concurrent enrollment in community college, college, or universityNo state policy; up to LEA to determine.
Middle school students permitted dual or concurrent enrollment in high school

No state policy; up to LEA to determine.
Advanced Placement®State policy permits, and fee reductions may be available.
Talent Search

There is no in-state Talent Search for Vermont, but gifted students in VT can participate in regional and national talent searches, including those offered by the University of Iowa Belin-Blank Center and the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth.

Credit by examination/proficiency-based promotion

State policy leaves LEA to determine.
Other forms of content-based acceleration

Typically left to LEAs to determine. If you know of state-level code, please e-mail us.

Additional Information

Vermont Department of Education Gifted Website
Vermont Department of Education
Vermont Council for Gifted Education

The information presented on this page was compiled from a variety of resources, including the State of the States in Gifted Education 2012-2013 (a report by the Council of State Directors of Programs for the Gifted and the National Association for Gifted Children), Websites, professional literature, and personal communication. The Acceleration Institute has not verified the accuracy of this information and does not warrant its accuracy or fitness of use for any purpose. Users should verify information prior to taking any action. Furthermore, the appearance of selected programs and/or resources does not imply an endorsement or affiliation. Programs and resources are highlighted for informational purposes only.