418 Houghton Brook Road
Putney, VT 05346
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The Putney School Photo #2 - The Putney School is located on a working dairy farm. We value the dignity and relevance of physical work, which shows through our Work Program. Students carry out daily chores, collaborate in teams, learn skills, and sometimes lead crews various areas: Barn, Kitchen, Land-Use, Dining & Maintenance.
The Putney School Photo #3 - We are not a "prep" school. While many of our students head off to the top colleges in the country, their experiences at Putney are about engaging material, expanding interests, and gaining tools, not "preparing" to be somewhere else.
The Putney School Photo #4 - Art is a part of every student's daily life. We take the arts seriously while supporting a spirit of discovery. We offer 20 art forms, including blacksmithing, ceramics, chorus, creative writing, dance, drama, fiber arts, jazz, jewelry, orchestra, Latin dance, photography, sculpture, stained glass & woodworking.
The Putney School Photo #5 - The community at Putney is warm, open, mutually respectful and rousing. We come together as a whole school three times per week. Every Thursday is All School Sing (pictured here), a tradition dating back to Putney's founding in the 30's, which spans a fun and eclectic assortment of styles from early American folk music to sea chanteys to Korean traditional
The Putney School Photo #6 - Putney is a co-educational boarding and day school for Grades 9-12 founded in 1935 by Carmelita Hinton. We are a progressive school, in that we value the idea that education is something to be actively pursued rather than passively received. Our commitment to Ms. Hinton's fundamental beliefs have have put Putney at the leading edge of education in America.
The Putney School Photo #7
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We are a progressive school, in that we value the idea that education is something to be actively pursued rather than passively received.
When students learn by doing rather than being told, they develop confidence, deeper understanding, and resolve.
Our continued commitment to Ms. Hinton's fundamental beliefs, and our deliberate choices for our community and curriculum have put Putney at the leading edge of education in America.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 225 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $69,400
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $41,200
  • Acceptance rate: 63%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Putney School ranks among the top 10 schools with 200-400 students (out of 105 schools) for:

Category
Attribute
Student Attention

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
The Putney School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1935
1906
Campus Size
500 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
225 students
310 students
% Students of Color
13%
26%
% International Students
13%
20%
% Students Boarding
74%
70%
Average SAT Score
1240
* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Yes
No
Frequency of Saturday Classes
Weekly
Weekly
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
12 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
7:1
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
73%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$24.9 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$69,400
$61,215
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$41,200
$34,900
Summer Program Cost
$8,400
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$23,000
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
63%
58%
Director of Admissions
John Barrengos, Ed. D.

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
8
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Literary, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Chamber, International Theater Company, Pocket Players

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding, Horseback Riding, Kundalini Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2007 - 2011
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Smith College
11
Bard College
6
Barnard College
6
University of Vermont
6
Marlboro College
5
Sarah Lawrence College
5
Carnegie Mellon University
4
Dartmouth College
4
Mount Holyoke College
4
Rhode Island School of Design
4

School Notes

  • The Putney School is designed for independent, motivated, and capable students seeking intellectual freedom, responsibility and opportunities for competence in a variety of fields. The school's 500-acre campus is situated on a working Vermont dairy farm that supports a rich curriculum in sustainability. As a progressive school, we think of our curriculum as everything we do. This includes course work, student-driven projects, our Work Program, Afternoons, Evening Arts, independent studies, and off-campus learning opportunities. 
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Ted Osius - U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam
    • Wally Shawn - Writer, actor, director
    • Jonathan Schell - Author, The Fate of the Earth
    • Errol Morris - Documentary filmmaker
    • Kerry Kennedy Cuomo - Director Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Hum. Rights
    • Tea Leoni - Actress
    • Tim Weiner - Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
    • Tim Daly - Film, television, and theater actor
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Putney School cost?

The Putney School's tuition is approximately $69,400 for boarding students and $41,200 for day students.

What is the acceptance rate of The Putney School?

The acceptance rate of The Putney School is 63%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 58%.

Who are famous alumni from The Putney School?

The Putney School famous alumni include: Ted Osius, Wally Shawn, Jonathan Schell, Errol Morris, Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, Tea Leoni, Tim Weiner and Tim Daly.

What sports does The Putney School offer?

The Putney School offers 17 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Ballet, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Cycling, Dance, Equestrian, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer and Ultimate Frisbee.

Does The Putney School offer a summer program?

Yes, The Putney School offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.

What is The Putney School's ranking?

The Putney School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for Low student:teacher ratio.

When is the application deadline for The Putney School?

The application deadline for The Putney School is Jan. 15 / rolling (applications are due on Jan. 15 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

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Class of 2016
5.00
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. . .

Class of 2016
5.00
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. . .

Class of 2016
5.00
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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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 225 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $69,400
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $41,200
  • Acceptance rate: 63%
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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