Buxton School

291 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
Tel: 413-458-3919
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Experience is a powerful teacher: At Buxton, kids learn in an interactive, participatory environment, where they are expected to contribute as much as they take away. Buxton is an authentic community of curious, creative learners and thinkers, and our faculty challenges students  to move beyond the surface to see what else is possible.
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Experience is a powerful teacher: At Buxton, kids learn in an interactive, participatory environment, where they are expected to contribute as much as they take away. Buxton is an authentic community of curious, creative learners and thinkers, and our faculty challenges students  to move beyond the surface to see what else is possible.
Twice a year, the Buxton community invites family members, friends, and alumni to the campus to experience  the vitality and accomplishments of our arts programs. Right before Thanksgiving break and again in late May, we host a weekend of performances, visiting and sharing.
The student-and-faculty-run work program is at the center of the  Buxton work experience. Twice a week, the school forms into crews that take on a variety of valuable tasks to maintain the school. Buxton students take pride in the fact that they care for the school themselves. Fundamental to a Buxton education is the belief that you learn by doing.
Mountain Day, 2014
There are many different levels of sports activity at Buxton: organized  team sports, such as soccer and basketball; intramural sports like Frisbee and softball; and recreational activities such as mountain biking, snowboarding, and skiing. And then, of course, there are always pick-up games of four square, basketball, and soccer.
Sustainability on campus has been an important element of the biology curriculum for the past several years. Each year, the garden expands in area and more vegetables and varieties are planted. In the fall, the garden supplies the kitchen with some home-grown ingredients, and the bounty is presented in a harvest dinner for the school community.
Buxton School is located on 150 acres of lush country landscape. Williamstown is a beautiful, safe New England town rich with culture, diversity, and big-city  attractions.
At Buxton, we provide the time, experience, and environment that inspire young people to learn more and go deeper. Our students are doers, both in school and in life. Education at Buxton is not passive; it is a stimulating and constant process of questioning, discovering, synthesizing and sharing.
  • "Buxton is an intentionally small, coeducational, boarding and day school, situated on a historic family estate in Williamstown, Massachusetts, amid the beauty of the Berkshire Mountains.
  • Founded over 80 years ago as a progressive school, we believe a student`s whole experience here is part of his or her education what goes on outside the classroom is just as important as what goes on inside.".
Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Buxton SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-129-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19281910
Campus Size120 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment90 students300 students
% Students of Color
35%
20%
% International Students
14%
20%
% Students Boarding
90%
66%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size9 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
20%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$3 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$54,000$52,760
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$32,500$28,270
Tuition international students$58,000$47,000
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$32,500$38,200
% Students on Financial Aid
35%
36%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$29,000$22,410
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineFeb. 1 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsTorie Nichols

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered414
SportsBasketball, Soccer, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1723
ExtracurricularsBiking Club, Cappies, Ceramics Club, Chamber, Chorus, Creative Writing Club, Dance Club, Drama Club, Drumming and Percussion, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Horseback Riding, Improv Club, Photography, Radio, Skiing, Snowboarding, Studio Arts

School Notes

  • Buxton is an intentionally small, coeducational, boarding and day school, situated on a historic family estate in Williamstown, Massachusetts, amid the beauty of the Berkshire mountains. Founded over 80 years ago as a progressive school, we believe a student`s whole experience here is part of his or her education what goes on outside the classroom is just as important as what goes on inside.
  • Students are nurtured and challenged intellectually, artistically, emotionally and morally. We accomplish this through rigorous academics, a varied and active arts program, a caring faculty and a community of people who all work to create a growth-promoting, meaningful experience for students.
  • At Buxton we not only believe in community, we live it, day in and day out. Family-style meals, wake-up or bed-check, Friday night recreation, raking leaves together, or going to the local coffeehouse to chat help us create a compelling community of learners, workers, thinkers and artists. Buxton thrives on a fusion of races, religions, socio-economic backgrounds, personalities and talents. Our intimate, diverse culture helps students form meaningful relationships with people from a variety of backgrounds. The differences we bring to Buxton serve to enrich all that we experience at school and in the larger world. Our outstanding college admission record is not an end in itself but rather a natural outcome of the demanding academics and varied life we live at Buxton.
  • School accreditations: NAIS, NEASC, TABS, MA DEPT. OF ED.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Peter Shumlin - Governor of Vermont
    • Christian Parenti - Journalist and writer
    • Philip Rickey - Sculptor
    • Justin Theroux - Actor
    • Frank Wood - Actor
    • Marco Williams - Documentary Film Maker
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