About Us

Ethan Allen’s Mission Statement

Ethan Allen School is committed to providing an education of excellence that meets each student’s interests, abilities, and needs within a common curricular framework and reflects and promotes an understanding of, and appreciation for, diversity in our community as an integral part of school life. Ethan Allen requires all educators to provide high-quality instruction that is proven effective. Ethan Allen challenges each student to develop intellectual independence, creativity and curiosity, and a sense of responsibility toward others both within the school and in the community.

As a progressive school, we are an intentionally diverse community committed to a tradition of life-long learning and educational innovation. The following are the major principles that inform the daily learning environment at Ethan Allen:

  • All students will demonstrate growth in Reading as measured by multiple assessments
  • All students will demonstrate growth in Math as measured by multiple assessments
  • All students will be treated with respect which translates to their acceptance of school-wide expectations and their desire to be contributing citizens of Ethan Allen
  • Ethan Allen will have appropriate staffing and individuals who seek to make Ethan Allen a safe and enjoyable school.

History of Ethan Allen –The Man Behind the Name

Ethan Allen was born on January 21, 1738, in Litchfield, Connecticut.  Litchfield, Connecticut was only considered a colony.  Allen grew up on the frontier and learned about farming.  He was given an education growing up with some philosophical studies.  As he became a young man he showed great potential in becoming a strong leader.  Allen became a strong political leader and helped formed the state of Vermont.  He also helped form and lead the Green Mountain Boys.  This group of soldiers came to the aid of the colonists during the American Revolutionary War.  The Green Mountain Boys under the command of Ethan Allen helped seized Fort Ticonderoga.  However, later on, The Green Mountain Boys were captured by the British and held prisoners on the HMS Gaspee.  Commander Allen was released in a prisoner exchange in 1778.  Upon returning from capture, Ethan Allen continued to work and fight for the colonies and for freedom.  He became a continental soldier until the end of the Revolutionary War.  After the war, Ethan Allen wrote and published a book about his experiences during the war and his imprisonment.  He also helped in producing and writing philosophical treatises and documents relating to the politics of Vermont’s formation.  Besides having a political career, Allen had successful farming operations, early iron work in Connecticut, and land speculations in Vermont.  On February 11, 1789, at the age of fifty-one Ethan Allen passed away in Burlington, Vermont.  His grave is located at Greenmount Cemetery in Burlington, Vermont.

Ethan Allen the School Building

Ethan Allen Elementary School broke ground in the year 1929 and was completed in 1930.  It was designed by Irwin T. Catharine using the Art Deco Style.  Ethan Allen Elementary School was added to the National Registrar of Historic Places in the year 1988.  It fit the criteria of having the “distinctive characteristics of the building by architecture and construction including having great artistic value or being a work of a master”.

Ethan Allen Building