Buxton School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
291 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
Buxton School Photo #1 - 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.
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Buxton School Photo #3 - 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.
Buxton School Photo #4 - 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.
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Buxton School Photo #6 - 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 Photo #7 - 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.
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Buxton School Photo #9 - 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.
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"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.".

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  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    Wesleyan University
    The most defining aspect of Buxton, in my eyes, was work program. Work program was a time twice a week when students perform the basic maintenance work of the school: cleaning, gardening, raking, chopping the. . .
Definition of Terms
 | 2020 School Data
Buxton SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19281907
Campus Size120 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment90 students306 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size9 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio5:17:1
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Endowment Size$3 million$23 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$61,500$53,975
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$29,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


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

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered616
SportsAlpine Skiing, Basketball, Dance, Soccer, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee


Total Extracurricular Organizations1724
ExtracurricularsAcademic Advisory Committee

Club or Organization:

Arts and Music Programs:
Ceramics Club, Chamber, Chorus, Improv Club, National French Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, Photography, Studio Arts, The Jazz Band, The McMurray Cultural Fund Series

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Biking Club, Cappies, Horseback Riding, Skiing, Snowboarding

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 90 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.
  • Buxton School accreditations: NAIS, NEASC, 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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