FAQ

What can I expect at your institute?
You can expect an experience like no other professional development experience you have had. We strive to build a sense of community while you are here. Our participants rave about our instructors, our attention to detail, the food, and the afternoon and evening experiences. You can also expect to be in a beautiful, but rural community. There is no Uber and shopping is limited to small, locally owned businesses. There is, however, abundant beauty and opportunities for recreation and relaxation.

How do I reserve a spot?
Register! and place a $250 deposit on your spot. The balance is due at registration. We take checks, credit cards, and POs!

What should I bring?
The Camper's Checklist!

No camping experience is complete without a checklist of items to bring to our AP Summer Institute. You may want to bring some (or all!) of the items on the following list:

  • Window Fan (Dorm Rooms are not air-conditioned)
  • Shower caddy and flip flops
  • Swimwear & Beach Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Sport Clothing (suitable for Northern New England)
  • Tennis Racquet & Balls
  • Golf Clubs
  • Sturdy footwear (for hiking)
  • Running/Walking Shoes
  • Bikes
  • Camera
  • Writing Journal

Why is check-in on Sunday?
Generally participants check-in on Sunday between the hours of 2-5. We do this to provide you an opportunity to get situated in our dorms (or at a local hotel), to relax at our social hours, to enjoy our opening dinner, and to meet your cohort of participants at an informal class meeting after dinner (and to enjoy an evening of bocce!). If you would like to check-in on Monday, that is fine, but we ask that you arrive at Streeter Hall (the cafeteria) to check-in between 7:15 and 7:55 a.m. Please let us know if you will not be checking in on Sunday evening...we want to ensure you are safe!

What is on-campus housing and what linens are provided?
Many participants choose to stay on-campus in one of our dormitories. Rooms are functional but not luxurious, and are equipped with a desk, chair, bed and chest of drawers for each participant (think of your dorm freshman year in college!). Linens and towels are provided. There are shower stalls in all dorms (sorry, no bathtubs) and rooms do not have bathrooms attached. The dorms are not air-conditioned; we suggest that participants bring a small window fan if the weather calls for heat or humidity. Additionally, you may want to also bring a small desk lamp as all rooms have overhead, LED or fluorescent lighting. Each dorm has at least one common area in which to relax and laundry facilities for participants to use.

The majority of the on-campus accommodations are double rooms.

How will I be assigned a roommate?
We generally assign roommates according by workshops, but if you have a friend in attendance, we are happy to partner you with them. If you desire a single room, we have many available, but they do tend to sell out by April.

Are rooms air-conditioned?
Some are, but most are not. All classrooms and the library are air-conditioned. Our recently renovated dorm, Brantview, is air-conditioned. We recommend bringing a fan should the weather be warm. Evening temperatures in Northern Vermont are generally quite cool, but check the weather first!

Are the activities included with registration?
Most activities outdoor activities (hiking, kayaking, swimming) and visits to Dunc's Mill, Cabot Cheese, and Ice Eden are included in your registration fee. We do charge a fee for skeet shooting ($15 per session), the tastings at Red Barn Brewing and the Taproom ($15 per session), and for yoga ($10 per session). We offer transportation, too!

My school is going to pay for me by purchase order, but their fiscal year begins after July 1. Should I register now?
Yes! We know many schools can't issue POs until after July 1st. This is not a problem. Please register NOW, though, so we can save you a spot in the workshop. Should you decide not to attend, however, we ask that you contact us and cancel before June 1st. We will bill your school for the deposit fee of $250 if we are not notified by June 1st.

I am flying in to attend your institute. What airport should I fly into? How do I get to your campus?
The two closest airports to our campus are the Burlington International airport in Burlington, VT (which is a 1.5 hour drive from St. Johnsbury), and the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, NH (which is about 2.5 hours from St. Johnsbury). We have tentatively scheduled two shuttle pick ups (11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.) at Burlington International Airport and at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport. Cost is $70 round trip. Please email Buffie Hegarty at bhegarty@stjacademy.org as soon as possible to confirm flight arrival and departure times (or if you would like to use this service). The shuttle will take you directly to registration.

Can my spouse and children come?
Yes, although you will need to contact us directly so we can find suitable on-campus lodging to meet your needs (you will be charged the single room rate). We offer dining plans for friends, spouses, and children as well. If you are planning to bring your family, please check out our local recreation department. They have a daily summer camp for children! Their website is here.

How's the food?
The food is excellent! Each night we offer a social hour with appetizers, wine, Vermont beers, and non-alcoholic drinks. We offer an array of options each night. On Wednesday's we offer a traditional New England lobster bake!

I have special dietary needs, can you accommodate me?
We do our best to accommodate all of our guests and their dietary needs. While we are preparing meals for 200 people per session, we will do our best to provide vegan, gluten-free, and vegetarian options for our guests. Please be sure to note your dietary needs when you register.

When is the last date I can cancel my registration?
We ask that you cancel your registration by June 1st for a full refund of your $250 deposit. If you are paying by PO, we ask that you also notify us prior to June 1st should you decide to cancel.