About Stone Path Academy

Approved Independent School Status:

In August 2016, Stone Path Academy was granted approval as an APPROVED INDEPENDENT SCHOOL as described in 16 VSA : 166 (a) and (b).

 

A copy of this statute is as follows:

§ 166. Approved and recognized independent schools

(a) Authority. An independent school may operate and provide elementary education or secondary education if it is either approved or recognized as set forth herein.

(b) Approved independent schools. On application, the State Board shall approve an independent school that offers elementary or secondary education if it finds, after opportunity for hearing, that the school provides a minimum course of study pursuant to section 906 of this title and that it substantially complies with the Board's rules for approved independent schools. Except as provided in subdivision (6) of this subsection, the Board's rules must at minimum require that the school has the resources required to meet its stated objectives, including financial capacity, faculty who are qualified by training and experience in the areas in which they are assigned, and physical facilities and special services that are in accordance with any State or federal law or regulation. Approval may be granted without State Board evaluation in the case of any school accredited by a private, State, or regional agency recognized by the State Board for accrediting purposes.

(1) On application, the State Board shall approve an independent school that offers kindergarten but no other graded education if it finds, after opportunity for hearing, that the school substantially complies with the Board's rules for approved independent kindergartens. The State Board may delegate to another State agency the authority to evaluate the safety and adequacy of the buildings in which kindergartens are conducted, but shall consider all findings and recommendations of any such agency in making its approval decision.

(2) Approvals under this subsection (b) shall be for a term established by rule of the Board but not greater than five years.

(3) An approved independent school shall provide to the parent or guardian responsible for each of its students, prior to accepting any money for a student, an accurate statement in writing of its status under this section, and a copy of this section. Failure to comply with this provision may create a permissible inference of false advertising in violation of 13 V.S.A. § 2005.

(4) Each approved independent school shall provide to the Secretary on October 1 of each year the names, genders, dates of birth, and addresses of its enrolled students. Within seven days of the termination of a student's enrollment, the approved independent school shall notify the Secretary of the name and address of the student. The Secretary shall notify the appropriate school officials as provided in section 1126 of this title.

(5) The State Board may revoke or suspend the approval of an approved independent school, after opportunity for hearing, for substantial failure to comply with the minimum course of study, for failure to comply with the Board's rules for approved independent schools, or for failure to report under subdivision (4) of this subsection (b). Upon revocation or suspension, students required to attend school who are enrolled in that school shall become truant unless they enroll in a public school, an approved or recognized independent school, or a home study program.

Mission

The Stone Path Academy provides a therapeutic educational environment that supports students to learn and grow.  As relationships strengthen, students are matched with various staff.  Stone Path Academy’s aim is to prepare students for less intensive levels of support and increased levels of independence.

Overview of Programming

Students are engaged in scheduled classes and activities with teachers and supported by behavior interventionists throughout the day. Based on a variety of factors, classes are scheduled from 5 to 90 minutes in length.  All staff support independent on-task behavior.