VIA (Vermont International Academy) was founded in June 2011 as an independent, private American high school. It was the first US school that was approved by the state government of Vermont in the US for overseas education and with authority to grant US high school diplomas. VIA has been working closely with Chinese high schools in various locations as a school within a host campus model (much like U.S. university models around the world) by offering VIA international curriculum through VIA faculty and leadership, which offers an authentic US high school education in a Chinese context. The VIA curriculum inspires comprehensive development, the awareness of social responsibility, innovation and communication skills.
VIA History
The governor of Vermont, Peter Shumlin, wrote a letter to the principle of Shanghai Datong High School asking for the launch of VIA International Program. July 2011, Dr. James P. Cross, the founding chair of Education Vermont USA visited Datong High School to discuss the "The Hundred Thousand Strong" initiative program with the officials from the Bureau of Education Huangpu District Shanghai and the leadership of Shanghai Datong High School.
The leadership of Shanghai Datong High School visited two public high schools in the State of Vermont with the governor, the director of state education department, the director of state business department, Chamber of Commerce in Champlain and the president of Champlain College.
VIA - Datong High School campus opened in September 2012 with a total enrollment of 52 students, including 46 Chinese students and 6 American exchange students. VIA offered students five basic English-speaking courses and three traditional Chinese courses.
The Consul General of the US Consulate Shanghai, Robert Griffiths, the Secretary of the Agency of Commerce, and Community Development Chair of Vermont, Lawrence Miller, the Deputy of Huangpu District Shanghai, Cheng Xiaoyu, Party Secretary of CPC Committee, Bureau of Education, Huangpu District Shanghai, the Director of Bureau Education of Huangpu District Shanghai, Wang Weiming, the Deputy Director of Bureau Education of Huangpu District Shanghai, Cao Genlin. Both parties reached the agreement and signed the MOU for education development co-operations between State of Vermont and Shanghai Huangpu District.
The VIA - Second Foreign Language School (VIA-SFLS) (Affiliated to Shanghai Normal University) began and VIA - South West Weiyu School (VIA-SWWY) both launched.
VIA signed an agreement with Duke University, providing VIA students with a bridging program including Duke Summer School (credit).
VIA-SFLS was accredited by AdvancED – the largest accrediting agency and community of education professionals in the world.

The first VIA graduates from VIA-Datong High School were admitted to excellent colleges and universities in the USA.

The VIA system completed reorganization and established the Board and leadership of VIA. VIA set up the Shanghai office as the system and administrative headquarters of the Greater China Region.
VIA - Canadian International School of Kunshan (VIA-CISK) launched.
The class of 2017 of VIA - South West Weiyu High School and VIA - Second Foreign Language School has another banner graduating class with our graduates being offered admissions into excellent colleges and universities.
VIA - Nansha Campus, a stand-alone school, launched as did the VIA – Xiamen campus, which is a school within a host school of the Affiliated School of Xiamen Institute of Technology.
The anticipated launch of the VIA – Wuxi campus as the second stand-alone school in the VIA system.