291 South Street
Williamstown, MA 01267
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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 #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.
Buxton School Photo #2 - We believe that art plays a central role in every healthy community, and that everyone`s life is improved by exploring their creative potential. Together, sometimes as artists and sometimes alongside artists, we share art`s power to inspire and the belief that art is for everyone.
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 - Each spring, Buxton`s entire faculty and student body travel to a different location to study the real-world issues facing society. We do that knowing that Buxton students and alumni will do more than their part to lead their communities to solutions, as they always have.
Buxton School Photo #5 - Buxton School is located on 150 acres of lush country landscape. Williamstown is a beautiful, safe New England town rich with culture and with the attractions and resources of a big city.
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 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 their education and what goes on outside the classroom is just as important as what goes on inside.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 90 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $62,000
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $38,000
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Buxton School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1928
1907
Campus Size
120 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
90 students
300 students
% Students of Color
35%
26%
% International Students
14%
20%
% Students Boarding
90%
70%
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
9 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
7:1
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
60%
70%
Summer Program Offered
No
Yes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$3 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$62,000
$61,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$38,000
$34,900
Tuition international students
$61,500
$54,500
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$35,000
$44,150
% Students on Financial Aid
35%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$29,000
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 1 / rolling
Jan. 15
Director of Admissions
Justina Trova

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered
5
16

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
14
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Jewish Student Union, PoC Union, Radio

Arts and Music Programs:
Ceramics Club, Chamber, Chorus, Creative Writing, Photography, Studio Arts, The Jazz Band, Theater, Video Production

Recreational Athletic Programs:
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 their education and 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
Source: Verified school update

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Class of 2016
5.00
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. . .

Class of 2013
5.00
Univeristy to Lübeck
For me, Buxton school felt like home away from home. I was a day student my first year, and was surprised at how quickly I realized that I wanted to board there. The feeling of. . .

Class of 2007
5.00
Hampshire College
Buxton is a small and special school. They focus on the arts but are not technically an art school. It’s set on an old property and is very pretty. One of the special things, is. . .
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 90 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $62,000
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $38,000
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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