MVU Community & Families

Our Community

Missisquoi Valley Union High School District No. 7 is a regional high school located in the Northwest corner of Vermont, serving the towns of Highgate, Swanton, and Franklin. The school is located 7 miles from Canada, 15 miles from Rouses Point, N.Y. and 37 miles north of Burlington. The district is primarily rural in character, but is becoming more diversified due to the encouragement of light industrial and manufacturing plants. Students from the towns of Sheldon, Alburgh, Isle LaMotte and North Hero attend MVU on a tuition basis.​

Our School

  • Missisquoi Valley Union serves grades 7 through 12 and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

  • Enrollment as of September 2014 is approximately 850 students.

  • Public elementary schools sending students to MVU are operated by individual towns.


is to provide opportunities for all students to achieve their individual potential in a diverse and respectful environment where high standards for academics, ideas, and people are valued. MVU is committed to building an active learning community where all are accountable to ensure students develop the skills and knowledge to grow into responsible and productive citizens.

It is important to note that the Raptor system only scans the visitor's name, date of birth and photo for comparison with a national database of registered sex offenders. No other personal identifying information is saved or shared. Raptor does not connect with any other systems including the Department of Motor Vehicles or Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Once entry is approved, Raptor will print an adhesive badge that identifies the visitor, the date and purpose of his/her visit. Visitor’s will then be required to sign-out at the conclusion of their visit, which will allow the school to track and record everyone who is in our building at any given time.

Should you have any questions about this process or any other school safety and security measure, please do not hesitate to call MVU to speak with a member of our administrative team. Thank you in advance for your patience as we put this system in place and further our work to create a safe and welcoming school environment for our entire community.

This message is to alert you of an upcoming change to our school safety and security process. At the beginning the 2nd semester, MVU will begin using the Raptor Visitor Management System. The Raptor system will allow us to better monitor visitors, contractors and volunteers who visit our school.

Upon entering our school building, all visitors will be asked to present a picture ID. Forms of acceptable ID can be a state-issued ID such a driver's license, a US passport, or a non-driver ID card. The ID will then be scanned into the Raptor software system. The system only checks to ensure that registered sex offenders are not entering our buildings.

Travel Abroad!

For a group of Missisquoi Valley Union (MVU) and Richford High School (RHS) students, this past February winter break was anything but ordinary!  It took several weeks for students and adults to catch up on their sleep after an event-packed journey to Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and Austria.


We experienced, explored, and learned 4 different languages and money currencies, castles, churches, architecture, food, historical events and places as we traveled from Berlin through Prague, Dresden, Krakow, Budapest, Bratislava to our final destination in Vienna.


Our favorite place visited in Berlin was the Berlin Wall  We were able to touch, take pictures, and walk along the largest piece of the wall still standing in its original spot. After a somber visit to the concentration camps at Auschewitz and Birkenau, and a look into the details of the Holocaust, the group was excited to have a chance to relax and get reinvigorated at Krakow's world-class attraction:  The Salt Mine of Wieliczka.  This salt mine is one of the largest tourist attractions in Poland, visited by over a million tourists every year. 

In Budapest, we experienced an evening river cruise on the Danube, viewing a wonderful lighted panorama of the city by night, and a great way to end the day after sightseeing and shopping!


A short visit to Bratislava, the Capital of Slovakia, bordering Austria and Hungary, was a lovely baroque-renaissance inner-town with narrow, cobbled streets and hidden noble palaces, beautiful churches, funny street sculptures, traditional restaurants, and lively shopping streets.


Our last stop, Vienna, included a tour of Schonnbrunn Palace, St. Stephan's Church, various interesting museums, several warm-up (coffee) stops, and more shopping!


This trip was booked through Education First (EF) Tours, a group that provides international travel for students, parents, and teachers.  This was the tenth trip led by Vikki Machia MVU Family and Consumer Science Teacher) booked through EF Tours. This and upcoming tours are open to ALL area high school students and adults.  Our next adventure for 2019 is Britain and Ireland in Depth (England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales).

Check it out at, tour #1990454ZW


Missisquoi Valley Union Middle/ High School Home Compact

Home and school are the two major influences in the lives of children. The school and families of MVU acknowledge that the expectations listed here are necessary in order to strengthen the communication and commitment between home and school. Occasions may arise where one or more parties will have difficulty fulfilling part of this compact. It is understood that each party will do what is necessary to support the other in this event. It is important to remember that the child remains the focus. The best schools are those in which parents and teachers work together so that the best learning possible may happen.

Goal 1:

Provide and implement high-quality curriculum, instruction and assessment in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables ALL children to achieve the State’s academic achievements.

Goal 2:

Communicate with each other on an on-going basis regarding students’ academic, social and emotional well-being.

Goal 3:

Establish and encourage an environment of social responsibility, which is directly related to student academic, social and emotional learning.


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