Flexible Pathways at White River Valley School

Flexible Pathways are avenues for learning and demonstrating skills and knowledge necessary not only to graduating from high school but also to becoming a well-rounded citizen able to engage fully in the world. Through Flexible Pathways, White River Valley High School provides opportunities outside, or in conjunction with, traditional courses. Flexible Pathways combine personalized learning, proficiency-based learning, and traditional coursework to foster the development of a successful WRVHS graduate

Flexible Pathways include the following avenues:

Independent Study


Community-Based Learning

Career & Technical Education

Virtual Study

Dual Enrollment & Early College

Expanded Learning

Student planning, growth, and reflection on learning will be driven by, and recorded in, their Wildcats Portfolio (personalized learning plan).

Flexible Pathways are mandated by the Vermont Agency of Education through Act 77 (2013), which also requires the implementation of personalized learning and proficiency-based education in schools across the state. This implementation also includes a personalized learning plan for every student–a tool for planning, exploring education and related ideas, and reflecting on learning and goals.

If you would like more information about Flexible Pathways, please contact Ben Boyington at bboyington@wrvsu.org and visit https://sites.google.com/wrvsu.org/wrv-pathways

Ben Boyington: High School Flexible Pathways Coordinator
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In his almost 18 years as an educator, in English classrooms and as a curriculum designer and media literacy trainer, Ben has focused on student-responsive curriculum and student agency. He is excited to work with teachers, students, and the community to build a robust and exciting Flexible Pathways program–different, not easier–at White River Valley High School! The future is flexible! Ben lives across the river with his spouse, two teenagers, four cats, a dog, a bunny, and 13 chickens. He decided to become a gardener in 2020, and chaos followed.

Tony Snow: Middle School Flexible Pathways Coordinator
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Tony started working at WRVMS in 2017. He is the Flexible Pathways Coordinator in the Middle School. Tony has a cool dog named Karl and an evil cat named Walter. In addition to working at WRVMS, Tony volunteers in his town of Berlin as a member of the Planning Commission and is currently working with the town to build a new town center. Disc golf, golfing, skiing, and mountain biking at Kingdom Trails are among his favorite things to do in his free time. Tony grew up among the redwoods in Arcata, California and has been living in Vermont for 10 years.  You can reach Tony at asnow@wrvsu.org.

Mary Waterman: Community Learning Educator
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In 2001, Mary began work at SoRo/WRVHS as a Community Learning Educator (+ Grant Facilitator, until the merger). As a regional School to Work Coordinator for high schools and colleges, she worked with many SoRo educators prior to this. She also worked as a Tech Prep coordinator and grant writer between the VSC and Tech Centers. Prior to 1992 Mary worked as an Extension Educator in upstate NY for Cornell U completing many youth programs, such as the AgriBusiness Career Fair, Electric Fundamentals kits, STEM programs, and events at the NY State Fair and County Fairs. Mary grew up in Indiana, in college transferred from Purdue U. to Colorado State U. for her B.S. degree, later getting her Master’s degree at Cornell U. In the summer of 2022, she will celebrate her 34th Anniversary with her husband Marty and they have a daughter in her Sr. year at UVM. They enjoy many activities from skiing to hiking, to traveling, and caring for their pets (horse, donkey, cats, dog, goats). Mary also enjoys reading, podcasts and creative interests–photography, painting, drawing, video production. She has highly valued working with a great variety of people through WRVHS/SoRo.  You can reach Mary at mwaterman@wrvsu.org.

Sheila Cleary FCS/Flex Pathways
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Sheila started working here in 2016. She reinvented the FCS program after it had been closed for many years. She started the Game of Life  and Child Development Programs. The FCS program can cover so many aspects of life so each year the program matches the students’ interests including career readiness. She enjoys gardening and her 3 pets in her free time and she  oversees the Barre Town Dog Park. Sheila grew up in Vermont and has taught at Technical Centers and alternative high school programs. You can reach Sheila at scleary@wrvsu.org.