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The Burlington City & Lake Semester is an award-winning semester program for Burlington High School students. We use the city as our classroom, exploring the people, places, problems and possibilities of our community. We ask big questions, learn a lot about the real world, and have fun together. Students find their voice and their power as they work with leaders in city government, business, nonprofits and the arts on a variety of projects. We focus on five core themes:

Sense of Place
Community and Identity
Civic Engagement
Social Justice

Upcoming Programs
  • Burlington City & Lake Semester 7: August – December 2021 – 4 block course
  • Burlington City & Lake Semester 8: January – May 2022 – 4 block course  
  • Interested students may also contact us with questions here.


    Burlington City & Lake Semester is a partnership between Burlington High School and Shelburne Farms.

    Special thanks to Sean Beckett and Burlington Geographic for many of the images on our website.