The Greenwood School

14 Greenwood Lane
Putney, VT 05346
Tel: 802-387-4545
Winter in Vermont brings ice and snow, which at Greenwood translates to pond hockey and snowboarding. Or it might mean building a snow fort, sledding, having a snowball fight, or skiing. Greenwood's hillside, trails, and pond provide many fun outdoor opportunities to keep our boys active during the winter months. Greenwood boys can also hone their downhill skiing and snowboarding.
Winter in Vermont brings ice and snow, which at Greenwood translates to pond hockey and snowboarding. Or it might mean building a snow fort, sledding, having a snowball fight, or skiing. Greenwood's hillside, trails, and pond provide many fun outdoor opportunities to keep our boys active during the winter months. Greenwood boys can also hone their downhill skiing and snowboarding.
Greenwood's unique STEAM Program demonstrates the practical application of science, technology, engineering, architecture and mathematics.  Our unique STEAM program not only incorporates creative and experiential learning components, but also highlights and showcases the robotics work produced by our students at many events throughout the year.
Greenwood students don't build their futures on remediated weaknesses, but they do build lives and careers on their strengths and talents. Therefore, Greenwood boys have many opportunities to discover, develop and showcase their creative abilities.  For instance, Greenwood offers metal works such as welding and blacksmithing, woodshop classes, and an advanced rock band.
The Greenwood School believes that when service and learning are strategically used as tools for self-growth, the results can profoundly shift how young people see themselves in the world. Greenwood boys have many opportunities throughout the year to volunteer their time and energy to local causes as well as have the opportunity to travel nationwide.
Greenwood's intense language remediation is balanced with well-developed enrichment programs. Greenwood boys gain confidence as their reading, writing and organizational skills improve, allowing them to enjoy learning once again and to develop their strengths and discover new talents in music, art, woodworking and athletics. Creative classes are taught by professionals in their respective fields.
The dormitory is the center of social life for students.  Greenwood students socialize in two common rooms equipped with couches, games, books and other entertainment options. At Greenwood, teachers share residential duties including study hall, dormitory supervision and weekend supervision to ensure continuity between the residential and academic settings.
  • With a student to teacher ratio of better than 2:1, Greenwood works with young men with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia, ADD/ADHD, or executive functioning deficits, and empowers them with the skills and strategies necessary to bridge the gap between their outstanding promise and present abilities. The result is a school that transforms lives, providing the best environment possible for students with complex learning challenges to realize their academic, social, and creative potentials.

Upcoming Events and News:

  • Welcome to Greenwood! - 03/30/2017 - From Caryl Frankenberger, Head of School
  • Winter Weekend - 03/30/2017 - Our boys enjoy the outdoors throughout the week and particularly enjoy their down time on a snowy Saturday.

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
The Greenwood SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered6-12, PG9-12
School TypeAll-boysCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19781910
Campus Size100 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment60 students300 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 CodeCasual
(Khaki pants or jeans and a collared shirt)
Average Class Size5 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:21:7
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedNoYes


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Tuition international students$77,800$47,745
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$10,000$22,730
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo


Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsAria Carter
Ted Backes
Associate Director of AdmissionsTracy Wheeler

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offeredn/a17
CoursesMany of our students have learning needs in several areas and none of our kids fit a classic label. What we do at Greenwood is meet each boy where they are – we find their level of skill and need and place them in a small group right at that level of cha


# Interscholastic Sports Offered2014
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Climbing, Cycling, Equestrian, Fencing, Ice Hockey, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations2023
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Healthy, Internship, Outdoor, Robotics, Rock, STEAM

Arts and Music Programs:
Blacksmithing, Ceramics Club, Film Making Club, Music, Voice, Woodworking

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery Club, Canoe Club, Cross Country, Downhill Skiing, Intramural Sports, Mountain, Skateboarding, Snowboarding

School Notes

  • In order to maximize every boy`s potential, all students receive a language tutorial that is specific to his unique learning style and needs, all teachers are remedial language specialists, and all classes are integrated so that students learn and apply literacy and organizational skills across the academic program.
  • Greenwood boys develop strengths and awaken hidden talents in well-developed art, drama, music, woodworking and athletics programs.
  • Diagnostic-prescriptive teaching that is multisensory, structured, and sequential ensures effective, individualized programs for all students.
  • Highly structured academic and residential programs enable Greenwood boys to internalize organizational skills and strategies in all areas of their lives.
  • For boys who demonstrate a need, Greenwood offers Speech and Language Therapy, Math Tutorials, Social Pragmatics, and Occupational Therapy.
  • Interscholastic sports and noncompetitive sports are open to any student who wishes to participate.
  • Greenwood`s 100-acre, forested campus on a Vermont hillside offers miles of trails for hiking, biking, archery, and cross-country skiing; a 3-acre pond for canoeing, fishing, and ice skating; and a skate/bike park equipped with a halfpipe and dirt jumps.
  • The Greenwood applicant should possess "average" to "above" average cognitive skills as measured on the WISC IV. When looking at borderline test scores it is encouraging to see variability in subtest scores that suggest areas of strength.
  • Some Greenwood applicants may exhibit avoidance behaviors due to frustration and low self-esteem resulting from their learning challenges. However, once in Greenwood`s safe and supportive community, our students feel they are finally understood, and they experience the academic success they deserve for their efforts. Greenwood does not accept students with primary social, emotional, or behavioral difficulties.
  • The Greenwood School is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and is approved by the state of Vermont and the New England Association of Independent Schools.
  • LD types supported: AD/HD, Dyslexia / Language-Based Learning Differences, Executive Function Skill Defecits, Social Pragmatics
  • School accreditations: NEASC, The State of VT, NAIS
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