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Admissions - Apply


Welcome! We want to help you get to know what makes Red Fox Community School a place where children not only grow as individuals, they thrive!

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Whether you are researching for a future Owl student or looking for a school for an older child that emphasizes experiential education, problem solving, and critical thinking, we are excited to help you  “Explore. Discover. Learn.” about Red Fox Community School.

We invite your family to get to know ours!


Exploring our website is a perfect way to discover more about our approach to education and what learning looks like for a Red Fox Community School student. 


Our Home page not only provides a statement about what we believe, Fox Tracks is a recap of happenings in the classrooms and the “A Day at Red Fox” videos help you feel as if you were with us on some of our adventures.


Our Curriculum page provides a more in-depth look at what project based and experiential learning looks like and how we foster focus, stamina and cooperation while instilling a desire and appreciation for learning. 

After you have had an opportunity to explore our website, we invite you to reach out so we can help you discover even more about our philosophy and our core values. We would love to answer your questions and hear about how your child learns and what your definition of success is for them.


Please email or call 802-367-3939.


We look forward to welcoming you to our campus for a personal tour. It would be our pleasure to show you how Red Fox Community School is an inclusive community and creates learning environments where children learn by doing. We want you to see our passionate teachers encouraging students to ask questions and try out big ideas, and wholeheartedly support one another in their efforts. 


Please complete the Online Inquiry to receive a tour invitation.





4 Step Application Process

Apply - After you have gotten to know us, we invite you to submit an application through TADS. The TADS online application includes a parent questionnaire, a comment form that should be filled out by your child’s current teacher, and an application fee of $50.00, which is able to be paid online. If you do not already have an account with TADS you will need to create a username and login in order to submit an application. 

​Visit - Once we have reviewed your application, we will coordinate a student visit day. This is an opportunity for your family to ask more questions and for the prospective student to get a sense of a day at Red Fox Community School. It is also an opportunity for our talented teachers to observe the prospective student engaged in learning and authentically interacting with peers.

  • Kindergarten prospective students spend the morning until snack in the Owls classroom.

  • 1st grade prospective students spend a ½ day in the Owls classroom.

  • 2nd - 3rd grade prospective students spend a full day in the Hawks classroom.

  • 4th - 5th grade prospective students spend a full day in the Eagles classroom.

Connect with a Parent - Current and former Red Fox Community School parents are a great resource for prospective families. We would be happy to connect with someone in our community. 

Communicate - Throughout this process we will be available to answer questions and partner with you to determine if Red Fox Community School meets your educational goals and dreams. Approximately two weeks after receiving your completed application and your child’s visit, we will share options for enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year.

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Non-Discrimination Clause


Red Fox Community School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs. 

Red Fox Community School complies with all applicable state and federal nondiscrimination statutes, including the Vermont Public Accommodations Act (9 V.S.A. Chapter 139), the Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act (21 V.S.A. Chapter 5, Subchapter 6) and Vermont State Board of Education rules 2226.6 and 2229.1.


If you inquiries regarding the School’s non-discrimination policies, including its Title IX policy please contact:

Karen O'Neill Thomson

Head of School

184 Pig Pen Road, Manchester Center, VT, 05255

(802) 367-3939

For assistance related to Title IX or other civil rights laws, please contact OCR at or 800-421-3481, TDD 800-877-8339.

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