About Maplehill School and Farm

Since 1966, Elmhill, Inc. has operated various programs to serve Vermont children and adolescents. In the past, the organization has provided group living, parent support, adolescent advocacy, and educational programs. Currently, Elmhill, Inc. oversees the operations of both Maplehill School and Maplehill School and Farm. Collectively, these two operations provide a wide range of educational services for youth, and fresh farm food for the community with a focus on community elders.

Overview and School Philosophy

Since its founding in 1989, Maplehill School has provided students with a curriculum that blends traditional studies with experiential learning. Committed to land-based learning that is rooted in milieu therapy and authentic relationships, Maplehill School and Farm seeks to provide a caring learning environment to young people and to support the broader community through the community asset of the farm.

Maplehill School and Farm is nestled in the hills of Central Vermont. Grounded in a deep commitment to nurturing authentic relationships between students, staff, volunteers and community members, the Maplehill School and Farm offers young people unique opportunities to learn in either small groups or through individualized learning opportunities.

Maplehill School is a safe, caring, land-based educational community where relationships inspire learning. Our mission is to provide real-world educational experiences where students and adults gain practical skills and personal successes. Through the acquisition of academic, vocational, and social skills, students are prepared for further education, training, employment, and independent living. Students leave Maplehill School with the strength of character and self-worth that allows them to live socially responsible, positive, productive lives, give to others, and contribute to the health and beauty of their surroundings.

We believe:

  • in honoring people for who they are
  • in recognizing individual strengths and nurturing potential
  • that students learn in a multitude of ways
  • that students have widely varying skills, abilities, and interests

We achieve our mission by:

  • providing small group and individualized learning opportunities

  • engaging students in a variety of educational activities including:

    • service learning
    • project-based learning
    • vocational endeavors
    • dual enrollment
    • internships
    • recreational activities
    • farming and gardening
  • employing staff who interact effectively with students

  • stewarding our rich and productive 230 acres of land

  • growing food, which feeds the school and local communities

  • teaching and nurturing restorative practices, self-reflection, clear, empathic communication, personal resilience, taking care

  • celebrating contributions and having fun

Located on two sites in Plainfield and Marshfield, Vermont, Maplehill School offers students the opportunity to learn core subjects in an individually tailored learning environment. Students also have the chance to apply and deepen their learning through hands-on projects at the Maplehill School and Farm.

Whether they are applying mathematics concepts to garden planning, learning biology through animal chores, or discovering the history of the region through community projects with the local senior center, Maplehill School students are nurtured to develop their interests, skills and talents through a wide range of activities and community connections.

Maplehill School enrolls and serves both male and female students, who are between the ages of 12 and 22 in grades 7-12, in one of its two programs.

Maplehill School maintains approval by the State of Vermont Agency of Education to provide Special and General Education services for adolescents and young adults from 7th through 12th grades.

Elmhill, Inc. 2018-2019 Board of Directors

Peter Hood, President, Noyle W. Johnson Ins. Agency Inc.

Ellen Selkowitz, Secretary, Special Educator, Montpelier High School

Karen Heath, Member, Literacy Specialist, Barre Supervisory Union

Daniel Marcus, Member, Master Yoga Instructor

Lorita Adkins, Ex Officio, Executive Director and Director of Operations

Erin Russell, Member, Board Certified Behavior Analyst

Community Partners

Maplehill School and Farm are honored to work with the following community partners:

  • AmeriCorps
  • Bear Code, LLC
  • Central Vermont Humane Society: CVHS
  • CW Print + Design
  • Plainfield Co-op
  • Positive Pie
  • ReSource
  • Twin Valley Seniors, Inc.
  • WGDR Goddard College Community Radio
  • High Mowing Seeds
  • Agway - Montpelier
  • Guy’s Farm and Yard - Montpelier
  • Plainfield Hardware

Financial Supporters

We are grateful for the financial support from the following institutions:

  • AmeriCorps
  • Ben & Jerry’s Foundation
  • Harris and Frances Block Foundation
  • Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets