The Putney School - Review #14

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The Putney School

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School: 1978-1980
Sports and Activities:Baseball, fencing, skiing. Theatre lighting, iron working and welding, Head dinning room waiter for dinner.
College Enrolled:Cornell University
Home Town, State: Mexico City

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
We all did work at the school. Everything from cleaning classrooms to cow barn work. No grades were given, I soon realized I was studying to learn and it made me more adventurous to learn about stuff I didn't know a lot about. Not just take courses that I thought I would get good grades in.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I keep learning and love the puzzle. I exercise if I feel down.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
I wish I had the full 4 years instead of just the last two years of HIgh School.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
The faculty, friends and diversity of available subjects.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
They were all great. Look for diversity.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
You could study anything you wanted. If you were interested in some subject they would create time and someone who could give you guidance in that subject, whether it was you alone or a group.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Many sports, I found that when I was actively involved in a sport and I felt better and did better learning.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Great theatre, arts and music program. With about 200 students we had a full ochestra and choir. Every Friday we had a Friday night sing, where we sung madrigals and other classical music, with a period of a short student performance. Sunday evening we would sing before we had a Sunday night speaker. We were required to to attend these Friday and Sunday night events. Several plays every year.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
There were many "evening activities"

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
Dorms had adult quarters, we had single rooms, doubles and triples. We played music and had incredible conversations.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Students helped in the kitchen preparing food and cleaning the dishes. Students waited on tables by placing the food on the tables and they students and faculty served themselves.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
The town was miles away. You could do a Saturday trip to Brattleboro in a school bus. On nice days the school would set up trucks to take you a few miles away and you would walk back in self created groups.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
Music events, dancing, camping. It was all great.

Daily Schedule:

6:00 AMMorning barn
7:30 AMbreakfast
9:00 AMclass
1:00 PMLunch
2:00 PMClass
6:30 PMdinner
7:30 PMEvening activities, music art, farm and more
6:00 AMMorning barn
7:30 AMbreakfast
7:30 PMSunday singing and visiting speaker
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  • The Putney School Alumni #1
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   8/28/2017
    Bard College
    My school had a phenomenal work program, where students were expected to complete jobs around the school 6 days a week. These jobs included working on the farm, preparing meals, cleaning up after meals, cleaning. . .
  • The Putney School Alumni #2
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   1/13/2020
    Earlham College
    Putney is a vibrant community where teachers and students are actual friends. It’s conducive to personal growth and a place where I and other students found our passions. Everyone is excited and working on something. . .
  • The Putney School Alumni #3
    Class of 2016
    5 Stars   12/10/2016
    Gap Year
    Putney is a coeducational boarding and day school in Vermont. It values and practices progressive education, and has a diverse and rigorous curriculum. It boasts a strong academic program, along with a work job program. . .
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