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Education in the Town of Shaftsbury


Shaftsbury’s K-6 children are served by Shaftsbury Elementary School (SES) and the smaller, independent Village School of North Bennington (VSNB). For historical reasons, the North Bennington School District includes part of southern Shaftsbury. (see state-wide school district map) (The North Bennington School District is variously referred to as “the ID district” and “District One”)

As of 2019, SES is part of the Southwest Vermont Union Elementary School District (SVUESD), including schools in Bennington, Pownal, and Woodford.

SES students graduate to Mount Anthony Union Middle School (MAUMS) for grades 7-8. MAUMS also serves sixth grade for some schools in the area. MAUMS feeds into Mount Anthony Union High School (MAUHS) for grades 9-12. MAUMS and MAUHS are governed by a board made of representatives from Bennington, Pownal, Shaftsbury, and Woodford.

Area students are also served by the Southwest Vermont Career Development Center providing technical and vocational training to high school students and adults.

The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (SVSU) includes three school districts: Southwest Vermont Union Elementary SD, North Bennington SD, and Mount Anthony Union School District (which includes Mount Anthony Union Middle School and Mount Anthony Union High School). SVSU provides administration and special education services to its member districts.

There are several small private schools in the area, including

Southshire Community School in North Bennington serving ages 5-14.

Hiland Hall School in Bennington serving grades K-8.

Grace Christian School in Bennington serving pre-K through high school.

The School of Sacred Heart St. Francis de Sales (Sacred Heart) in Bennington serving pre-K through eighth grade.