Putney School

Putney
, VT
Location
Secondary (Grades 9-12)
Age
College Prep
Focus
Co-Ed
Gender
225
Students
75%
Boarding
Informal
Dress Code From most to least formal:
Uniform, Formal, Casual, Informal.
8
Sports
1935
Year Founded

Description

The Putney School, located in rural Putney, Vermont, is a coeducational boarding and day school for grades 9-12 founded in 1935 by educational pioneer, Carmelita Hinton, who wanted “to make school life a more real, less sheltered, less self-centered venture.”

Putney School is a progressive school, which means we believe people learn best by doing, not by being told. We foster intellectual freedom and student agency. We believe teenagers are capable and trustworthy.  We regard the curriculum as everything we do. The four pillars of the school, rigorous academics, the work program, the arts, and physical activity, all combine to create students who understand what it takes to get things done. We value transparency with our students and our willingness to engage them in the running of the school. Because our demanding academic program is balanced with physical work, play, and arts for everyone, our days are very busy. Our students are constantly interacting with adults, with whom they become very comfortable. The realities of working the land, caring for animals and contributing to the well-being of a larger community all lead to natural self-discipline and an ability to be constructively self-reflective.

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Unique Characteristics

Most school’s adults are not confident enough to step back from their authority so that students can step into their own. At Putney, student leadership is not decorative, it is substantive. Out student leaders sit with votes on our board of trustees and on our admission committee, for example. Work program, too.

College Matriculation These are the handful of schools or colleges where students have most frequently matriculated.

  • Oberlin College
  • Smith College
  • NYU
  • University of Vermont
  • Wellesley College
  • Bard College
  • Scripps College

Academics

Trimesters
Schedule
ESL Programs
Summer Programs
Saturday Classes

Admissions

No SSAT Required
January Application Deadline
Preferred Application Platform
Gateway
SSAT SAO
School-Specific

Student Body

225
Students
Co-Ed
Gender
Boarding
0%
International
0%
Students
of Color
0%
International Students From The countries with the largest number of students at the school.

Angola, Botswana, China, Hong Kong, Congo, Croatia, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, México, Singapore, South Korea, UK, Vietnam

Location

Address418 Houghton Brook Road Putney, Vermont 05346
Nearby Airports

Bradley International Airport (BDL)

Campus Size500 Acres

Contact Information

John Barrengos
Admissions Director
Emily H. Jones
Head of School
802-387-5566
Phone