Buxton School - Review #4

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Buxton School
5

About the Author:

Years Attended Boarding School:
1977-1980
Sports and Activities:
Soccer, hockey, skiing. School Play. Recreation Committee Student Council
College Enrolled:
Columbia
Home Town, State:
Greenfield, MA

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
The all school trip to a city in the U.S. or foreign country for a week to ten days during which students put on a play for the public and complete a project relevant to the place visited is quite possibly a unique experience. On one of these trips we went to Quebec City and I and some other students studied the art scene, going to galleries and interviewing several local artists. On another trip to Washington D.C. We were able to interview several people high in the administration and engage in some very forthright conversations about our Countries involvement in the Vietnam WarA focus on the school as a community in which students had important roles and on learning as a joy and not a burden, a joint enterprise of students and teachers meant I left buxton as a life long learner and as an informed and active citizen.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
The Buxton experience is hard to explain. It really is a unique and wonderful place. It is an incredibly creative environment to grow up in. The best thing that happened to me there was that I was incredibly happy there as a creative person.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Buxton is a school that requires student buy-in. If after giving it a fair trial you can't do that then you should probably go somewhere else.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I liked it as a caring and open community with a lot of diversity while at the same time, as a person who likes learning, who was an independent reader and explorer of novels and science and a dabbler in the visual arts I was really happy being among many others who felt the same way.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Buxton is no Deerfield Academy, St. Paul's or Phillips Exeter Academy. I can remember having some trepidations about going to such a unique place. Keep an open mind if you think you could get a better education at one of these larger schools. I'm so grateful I did go to Buxton.

Academics:

1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
The courses were innovative and engaging. We read, discussed and wrote analyses or critiques of what we were studying. The teaching was creative, and relevant. It was also a great preparation for college. I was completely prepared for freshman level college work, especially as a writer, something that many of my college classmates struggled with. And the diversity of classes was surprising for such a small school.

Athletics:

1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
If you need top level athletics then Buxton is probably not the school for you. If all you need is a decent offering of team sports with enthusiastic participants then, you'll be okay.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
Buxton has a strong arts program including the visual arts, music and theatre. Its programs probably can compete with many schools that focus on the arts. So, if you want a school in which the arts are seen as equal participants in a proper education but in which the academics are not put second then, this could be the school for you.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
I don't really know what particular extracurricular activities there are at Buxton these days, except that I know there are sports and clubs. However, Buxton has a unique work program in which both faculty and students participate. This is a major area of student leadership. There are many crews with student leaders that carry out the various tasks. There is a large gardening program which supplies some of the food for the school. Students participate in some maintenance tasks. The school is heated by wood burning furnaces and students cut and transport wood. Students do some of the cooking, etc. This a truly fantastic community undertaking and most students truly enjoy participating.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
A possibly unique part of Buxton Dorm life is changing roommates two or three times a year. This is an integral part of community life, getting to deeply know a lot of different people. Students get to request roommates and often get there choices, but not always. Sometimes the faculty put people together for reasons sometimes only know to them. These times when roommate changes happen are always exciting times.

Dining:

1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The food is good, but not luxurious. If I remember correctly breakfast and lunch you get to sit where you want but at dinner you sit at an assigned table with a faculty member or family. These assignments got changed every week.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Williamstown is a college town. There are opportunities to go and hear visiting lecturers. I once went to hear Robert Frost read his poetry. There are fascinating college museums and the world class Clark art museum. There are often good movies downtown, some good restaurants and some fun shops.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
The school is all about community, kindness, learning how to get along, respect for each other. It's coed so there are lots of opportunities to figure out good and respectful male/female interactions in a very safe environment. The students are teenagers so of course there is some drama, but in my experience (except sometimes in the moment) it all felt positive.
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Buxton School Alumni #1
Class of 2016
5.00 11/19/2017
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. . .
Buxton School Alumni #2
Class of 2013
5.00 7/7/2022
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. . .
Buxton School Alumni #3
Class of 2007
5.00 7/29/2022
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)

  • 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
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