Like many small towns, one of Worcester’s most important features is its elementary school, Doty Memorial School, part of the Washington Central School District. From pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade, Worcester children learn in this intimate, nurturing setting. Worcester students then join with children from the neighboring communities of Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier and Middlesex at U-32 Middle and High Schools in Montpelier.
Curricula at every stage of development in the district is creative and progressive, including a Farm to Table learning program at Doty and a greenhouse at the high school. U-32 is one of the top-performing districts in the state, with small class sizes, strong Advanced Placement offerings, a vibrant arts and theater program and a rigorous STEM program.
Children in U-32’s Branching Out, Pilot and Community Based Learning programs are connected with individual mentors to help them discover their natural aptitudes and navigate the best channels for achieving success in their chosen path. Student-directed study plans can involve virtually any topic — from American Sign Language, physical therapy or law enforcement to baking, nutrition or beekeeping. U-32 also participates in Vermont’s Dual Enrollment program, providing access to two tuition-free college courses for eligible high school students.
Both the Doty and U-32 parent communities are incredibly active, and work constructively with school teachers and administrators to create a multitude of learning opportunities for students
of all ages.