What is The Putney School? To answer this question, you need to visit campus — to witness a class, visit the studios, participate in Sing. However, I can give you a sense of how we are different from most schools you may be looking at.
- We are both creative and grounded, visionary and practical. We are a community of people who think for themselves, invent, design, experiment, compose, write, build, and chase down new ideas. At the same time we work on the land, take care of ourselves and each other, and know what it takes to make a community run.
- We are progressive. We value experiential education, the idea that people learn best by doing, rather than by being told. Students here view their education as something they are pursuing, rather than something being done to them. We value collaboration more than competition, and regard education as the creation of intelligence rather than the transmission of information.
- We believe that teenagers are capable and trustworthy. Students play an active role in running the community. Students are part of every decision making body of the school, including the board of trustees. Our school council debates the real issues of the community, from the grading policy and graduation requirements to cell phones and community service. Students run the entire work program, which runs the farm, cooks, cleans, and maintains the campus.
- We are both academically rigorous and culturally informal. We take our intellectual tradition seriously, but do not wrap it up in formalities. Here you will work harder than you have ever worked, but the work will be yours and you can have fun doing it.
If these things appeal to you, please come for a visit. Give us a call at 802-387-6219. We hope to see you soon.
Emily H. Jones
Head of School