The Putney School

418 Houghton Brook Road
Putney, VT 05346
Tel: 802-387-6219
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 225 students
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We value experiential education, the idea that people learn best by doing, rather than by being told. We expect students to view their education as something they are pursuing, rather than something being done to them. This is showcased in hands-on science classes, discussion based humanities, Independent Study opportunities, and student-driven Project Week periods.
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We value experiential education, the idea that people learn best by doing, rather than by being told. We expect students to view their education as something they are pursuing, rather than something being done to them. This is showcased in hands-on science classes, discussion based humanities, Independent Study opportunities, and student-driven Project Week periods.
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 songs to African accapella. Assemblies on Monday and Thursday are led by Director of the School Emily Jones the two student heads of school. Students present community-service projects, perform dance and music recitals, plan for events, and discuss important issues in the school's development.
Putney is about living fully: intellectual engagement, creative play, progressive learning for a sustainable future.

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Definition of Terms 
2015 School Data
The Putney School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
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 225 students 300 students
% Students of Color
14%
20%
% International Students
23%
20%
% Students Boarding
75%
67%
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
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
73%
67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $16 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$52,900 $49,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$32,800 $28,400
% Students on Financial Aid
43%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $23,000 $21,000
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

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

Sports

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

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 9 24
ExtracurricularsAlpine, Chamber, Drama, Fencing, 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

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is The Greenwood School (0.8 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Grades: 6-12 | 50 students 0.8 mi14 Greenwood Lane
    PutneyVT 05346
    802-387-4545
    0.86-1250
  • Grades: 9-12, PG | 240 students 10.9 mi10 Long Walk
    Saxtons RiverVT 05154
    802 869 6229
    10.99-12, PG240
  • Grades: 9-12, PG | 650 students 22 miOne Lamplighter Way
    Mount HermonMA 01354
    413-498-3227
    229-12, PG650
  • Grades: 9-12 | 153 students 25.4 mi18 Lehmann Way, PO Box 522
    DublinNH 03444
    1-603-563-7075
    25.49-12153
  • Grades: 7-12, PG | 140 students 25.8 mi574 Bernardston Road
    GreenfieldMA 01301
    413-774-2711 x 257
    25.87-12, PG140
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