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At Southshire Community School children are encouraged to work in multi-age groups, develop strong academic skills at their own level, work individually and in partnership with others, learn from each other, and pursue their own interests.

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About Our School

Southshire Community School is an approved, family-oriented, elementary school (K-8).

Founded in 1987, our goal has been to help children become individuals who possess academic and critical thinking skills; and who value themselves as creative, contributing members of a community; who see themselves as problem solvers; and who love learning. At Southshire Community School, children are:

  •  Given the freedom to explore their own interests both individually and as a group in a safe environment.
  • Allowed to progress at their own pace while holding an expectation of excellence.
  • Provided a curriculum which has meaning and context for them.
  • Addressed as a whole child: recognizing and working with the physical, intellectual, emotional and social aspects of each child, individually.

Southshire Community School has a long history of maintaining affordable tuition for all families. Financial assistance is available. Southshire Community School admits students regardless of race, religion, ethnic background, or handicap. Southshire Community School is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Southshire students study as members of a multi-age community where the curriculum is based on children’s interests and areas of inquiry and is combined with a rigorous, traditional academic program.

Designed to meet the challenges of tomorrow, Southshire’s curriculum includes:

Reading and writing are taught through an integrated system of phonics, whole language, individualized attention. Children at Southshire develop a love of reading and write for pleasure and for communication. Math and science concepts are taught through hands-on materials through which children learn to: observe, question, calculate, problem solve.

Children receive rhythm and instrumental music, art and foreign language instruction through partnerships with area professionals. Other enrichment programs include swimming at the Bennington Recreational Park, skiing at Bromley Mountain, skating at Riley Rink and various in house presentations and field trips.


Southshire’s low student/faculty ratio enables students to receive individualized attention.

Each of the experienced faculty members at Southshire possess:

  • A background in progressive techniques
  • A love of teaching
  • A respect for children as learners and as individuals
  • A commitment to the families that are part of our community


Southshire Community School was founded by a group of concerned parents and continues to thrive on parental involvement in all aspects of the school.

Parents are encouraged to:

  • Contribute their interests and expertise to the classroom
  • Join the board of directors
  • Participate in community events
  • Plan for the success of the school

Community Resources

Music Discovery Week – Manchester Music Festival July 7-11

Flying Deer Nature Center – New Lebanon, NY (overnight camps for older kids)

Spirit Hollow – Shaftsbury, VT ( Noah’s Mom)

Spirit Quest – for 7-12 year olds (last two weeks of June)

Goddess Camp- for girls in July

Teen Spirit Quest – (last week of July)

Warrior Camp – for boys 9-14 (first week of August)

Vermont Art Exchange – North Bennington, VT

Williams College Camp – for kids entering 5 or 6 grade

Bennington Early Childhood Center – Ages 2-8 Camps from July 7-August 15th

Hubbard Hall –

Adventure Camp

Stratton (bus from Manchester) Weekly, June 16 – Aug 29, 8:15 (bus)-4:30, $85 per day/$245 per week

Bug Bonanza – 3pm $205

Move It! – 3pm $275

Ceramics Camp

SVAC, West Road Manchester June 23-27 9am – 3pm $200

Equinox Explorers

Manchester June 30-August 11 9am – 4pm $65 per
day/$180 per week

Curious Crickets

Kirby Hollow Road, Dorset Weekly, July 7- August 1 9am –
4pm $175

Camp Lynx

Kirby Hollow Road, Dorset Weekly, July 7-
August 1 9am – 4pm $225

Great Outdoors

Pine Cobble, Williamstown Weekly, July 7- August 1 8:30am
– 3pm $275

Farm Camp

Hildene July 14-18 and July 21-25 9am – 3pm $205

Battenkill Summer Camp

Maple Street School Manchester July 14-18 and July
21-25 9:30am – 3pm $190

Touch the Earth

Dyken Pond, Cropseyville NY Weekly, July 21-August 1 9am –
3pm $175 per week/$325 2 weeks

Art and Nature Camp

SVAC, West Road Manchester July 21-25 9am – 3pm $200

Drama-Play Camp

SVAC, West Road Manchester August 4-8 9am – 3pm $200

Kids Company – Ages 5-7 “The Three Little Wolves & The Big Bad Pig”

Youth Company- Ages 8-12 “Happily Ever After”

Teen Company – Ages 13-18 “Playing Shakespeare”

Age 8-11

J-star Gymnastics – North Adams MA Weekly, July 7- August 8 9am – 4pm $165 (early reg discount)

Age 5-15

Art Camp – SVAC, West Road Manchester July 7-11 9am –
3pm $200

Contact Information

Southshire Community School serves students from the tri-state area (VT, MA, & NY), and is conveniently located in the historic Colvin Home at 24 Bank Street in North Bennington, Vermont.

The 1850′s farmhouse, barn, and 3 acres of woods and meadow was completely renovated in 1997 and is centrally located within 30 minutes of Hoosick Falls, NY; Cambridge, NY; Arlington, VT; Manchester, VT; Williamstown, MA; and surrounding areas.

Free busing is available for the communities of Hoosick Falls, New York; Cambridge, New York; and surrounding areas.

Contact Address

Address 24 Bank Street, N. Bennington, VT, 05257

Phone 802-442-4601