The Putney School

5.00 5 1 (6 reviews)
418 Houghton Brook Road
Putney, VT 05346
Tel: 802-387-6219
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 230 students
The Putney School is located on a working dairy farm. We value the dignity and relevance of physical work, which shows through our Work Program. Students carry out daily chores, collaborate in teams, learn skills, and sometimes lead crews various areas: Barn, Kitchen, Land-Use, Dining & Maintenance.
The Putney School is located on a working dairy farm. We value the dignity and relevance of physical work, which shows through our Work Program. Students carry out daily chores, collaborate in teams, learn skills, and sometimes lead crews various areas: Barn, Kitchen, Land-Use, Dining & Maintenance.
We are not a 'prep' school. While many of our students head off to the top colleges in the country, their experiences at Putney are about engaging material, expanding interests, and gaining tools, not 'preparing' to be somewhere else.
Art is a part of every student's daily life. We take the arts seriously while supporting a spirit of discovery. We offer 20 art forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, chorus, creative writing, dance, drama, fiber arts, jazz, jewelry, orchestra, Latin dance, photography, sculpture, stained glass & woodworking.
Sustainability is at the center of a Putney education.
It is embedded in our campus, our community,
and our curriculum. We are located on a 500-acre
working dairy farm in southeastern Vermont, this serves as a laboratory and partner for studying the world around us and applying the lessons we learn about ecology, forestry, energy and agriculture.
The community at  Putney is warm, open, mutually respectful and rousing. We come together as a whole school three times per week. Every Thursday is All School Sing (pictured here), a tradition dating back to Putney's founding in the 30's, which spans a fun and eclectic assortment of styles from early American folk music to sea chanteys to Korean traditional
Putney is a co-educational boarding and day school for Grades 9-12 founded in 1935 by Carmelita Hinton. We are a progressive school, in that we value the idea that education is something to be actively pursued rather than passively received. Our commitment to Ms. Hinton's fundamental beliefs have have put Putney at the leading edge of education in America.
Putney is about living fully: intellectual engagement, creative play, progressive learning for a sustainable future.

Alumni Reviews
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  • Class of 2015
    5.00 Stars   11/29/2016
    University of Maine
    Hands on discussion based learning as well as a focus on the individual. Relationships between students and teachers were much my friendly. Also real working experience (cooking food, working in the barn). . .

  • Class of 2011
    5.00 Stars   7/12/2012
    Vassar College
    Putney is truly an experience unlike any other; an educational environment that develops strong thinkers and problem solvers. The faculty and core values foster creativity, support independence and growth, and ensure that students at once. . .
  • Columbia University
    The sense community at Putney is just incredible. Sometimes I forget that I am at with students and teachers. I see them all as part of my family now and I find myself using the. . .
  • Dartmouth College
    Putney is SO unique for a host of reasons, such as its small size, strong arts program, "project week" (which I will describe later), and its funky, spirited, and diverse student body. But its most. . .

  • Class of 2004
    5.00 Stars   6/17/2008
    Sarah Lawrence College/UMass Amherst
    Small classes, progressive attitude, sustainability practices, emphasis on arts, importance of work ethic and effort, connection to the land, close community.. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
The Putney School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1935 1910
Campus Size 500 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 230 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1725 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1580 - 1890 -
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 10 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $16 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$53,800 $50,800
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$33,500 $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $23,000 $21,500
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Director of AdmissionsJohn Barrengos
Associate Director of AdmissionsLois Barber

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 7 14
SportsBasketball, Crew, Cycling, Lacrosse, Nordic Skiing, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee


Total Extracurricular Organizations 9 23
ExtracurricularsAlpine Skiing & Snowboarding, Chamber, Drama Club, Fencing Club, Literary, Madrigals, Mountain, Orchestra, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 2007 - 2011 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Smith College 11
Bard College 6
Barnard College 6
University of Vermont 6
Marlboro College 5
Sarah Lawrence College 5
Carnegie Mellon University 4
Dartmouth College 4
Mount Holyoke College 4
Rhode Island School of Design 4
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • The Putney School is designed for independent, motivated, and capable students seeking intellectual freedom, responsibility and opportunities for competence in a variety of fields. The school's 500-acre campus is situated on a working Vermont dairy farm that supports a rich curriculum in sustainability. Putney`s vigorous liberal arts program prepares students for top colleges and the real world.
  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
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