"Before arriving at Putney we heard that teachers and students shared a drive to learn and build community and respect. Now I know that it is true. "
As one of the first boarding schools in the country to embrace coeducation for high school, we have had a long time to work out the kinks, developing a residential program that nurtures, empowers, and teaches. Here are some facts:
• Students are spread across campus in nine small dorms, ranging from 10 to 30 students.
• Each dorm is led by two to three faculty dorm heads, living in apartments attached to each dorm.
• Many dorm parents have children and pets, which gives dorms an "extended family" feeling.
• Student dorm heads also help coordinate many of the dorm activities and functions and help counsel younger students on balancing their work and social lives at Putney.
Yes, it's a busy schedule. But it's not without free time to spend in a variety of places right here on campus:
• Play music or dance in the Michael S. Currier Center
• Draw, paint, sculpt, and make jewelry in the Wender Arts Building
• Work out, rock climb, hang out in the social room, or have a pick-up game in the Field House
• Cross-country ski, snowshoe, hike, run, or mountain bike on the wooded trails
• Make new friends in the barn
• Or just hang out with your friends from 17 countries and 24 states.
Besides participating in team sports and field trips, there are plenty of opportunities to get off "the hill" and have some fun:
• Check out this area travel guide created by students during Project Week
• There's a recreational alpine skiing and snowboarding activity that goes to nearby Mount Snow on Wednesday afternoons and all day Sunday in the winter.
• Shuttles to the village of Putney run on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, plus additional weekend shuttles to the booming metropolis (well, for those of us living on a farm) of Brattleboro
We're on a six-day academic schedule that ends at noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays. From Saturday afternoon til study hours on Sunday, your time is your own. Here's what can happen:
• Dances—large and small, dressed up or spur-of-the-moment • Concerts from outside dance, music, and other groups
• Fun trips—from custom motorcycle shows to ballet, contra dancing, gallery openings, and more
• Outdoor trips, both day and overnight, including hiking, mountain biking, ice climbing, rock climbing, kayaking and more
• Movie nights, including "drive in" nights in good weather
• Coffee house—a great place to polish your Hamlet soliloquy or rock out with your own band
• Cooking, baking, and creating special meals—a great way to learn about the cultures of international students attending Putney
• And much, much more, unless you just want to hang out. We do that, too.