Red Cedar School of Bristol is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year. The small independent school was founded in 1989 and began as a pre-school in the founder's home.
Within two years the school grew in size, relocated to a space in the center of Bristol, and established itself formally as an independent elementary school. In 1996 the school grew to include middle and high school. Red Cedar moved to its permanent home and current site, north of the village of Bristol, in 1997.
Red Cedar's philosophy emphasizes community, respect and student voice in providing a foundation for learning. The school's curriculum provides academics combined with hands-on learning. The school has developed an environmental program and an integrated arts program, and also offers outdoor adventure and wilderness experiences. The school recently purchased a bus to facilitate more frequent field trips.
The school draws students from throughout Addison County, from western Washington County, and increasingly, from Chittenden County. The school's bus now provides transportation to and from Chittenden County at the beginning and end of each day.
This milestone will be celebrated at the school's annual Rock 'n' Roll Ball on Saturday, May 2 at the Vergennes Opera House beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 453-5213.