All first-year students at CVU are enrolled in the Core Program, which includes the following elements:

    • Performance standards based on CVU's Expectations for Student Learning.
    • Learning activities focused on the achievement of these Expectations at a very high level by all students.
    • Assessments given prior to CVU entry as well as ongoing assessments, which help teachers, guidance counselors, parents, and student work together.


    The five Essential Core Components are:

    • Interdisciplinary connections
    • Teams of teachers with the same students, heterogeneously grouped
    • Core student numbers under 90
    • Close relationships with students and family
    • Rigorous academic focus

    Visit the Core homepages:  

    Chittenden Core
    Fairbanks Core

    Nichols Core
    Snelling Core