Rice Academics

On behalf of the Rice Memorial High School Community, it is truly my pleasure to extend a warm and heartfelt welcome.  Designed to produce well-rounded citizens, Rice provides a rigorous and enriched educational experience in a dynamic academic environment while being nurtured by a supportive staff.

Students at Rice can expect a course of study full of opportunity and flexibility to accommodate personal goals and interests.  A full complement of Honors and Advanced Placement courses, in addition to courses offered at the Burlington Tech Center and the Vermont Virtual Learning Cooperative, enhance the academic experience. This past year, over fifty percent of the juniors and seniors enrolled in AP classes.

Students will be guided through the academic rigors by a nurturing, competent, experienced and accessible staff dedicated to the education of the whole person (mind, body, and soul).  With a majority of the professional staff holding graduate degrees, the classroom setting moves beyond the mundane as teachers challenge students to think critically and to use textbook knowledge as an intellectual “jumping off point” to greater considerations.

Beginning the sophomore year with the PLAN test, the Rice Guidance Department works closely with students on the college application process and encourages all students to sit for the SAT and/or ACT as part of the junior/senior experience.  Scoring well above national averages, students position themselves for acceptance into colleges of choice. With ninety percent of each graduating class furthering their education, Rice alumni populate colleges and universities across the country.

As we look to the future, Principal Lorenz, myself, and our Rice teacher-leaders are implementing a new program from the College Board called 'Advanced Placement Capstone Diploma Program'. AP Capstone is comprised of two new courses, AP Seminar and AP Research. Think of Seminar as advanced training in critical thinking, collaboration, and research skills and think of Research as an opportunity for high school student to conduct original, cross-disciplinary research along with a mentor in their chosen field of study. If the student attains a score of '3' or better in each of the new courses, plus a score of '3' or better in four of the subject AP courses Rice already offers, then the student is awarded an AP Capstone Diploma by the College Board. This program is fast becoming the global 'gold standard' for academic rigor. It will be implemented at Rice starting the fall of 2020. Read more about the program here. 

We are very proud of our academic offerings and encourage you to review our course listings.
Questions?  If so, please give me a call or send an email.

Jeff Maher
Associate Principal of Academic Affairs
862-6521 ext. 203

Rice Memorial High School