What is The Putney School? 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.
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Emily Jones, Head of School
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Progressive High School Education for a Sustainable Future
For more than 75 years, The Putney School has been at the forefront of the progressive school movement. With a mission to create active, critical thinkers and members of a democratic society, our goal is not to merely convey information but to engage our students in the learning process so they become the makers of their own education.
Our teachers encourage students to pursue essential pieces of knowledge by researching and analyzing the information around them and presenting their findings and original ideas in engaging ways.
The Putney School takes a holistic approach to education. To achieve this, our students partake in a variety of leadership and decision-making roles, work on our 500-acre farm, participate in sports, apprentice with local artisans, and express themselves through the performing arts. With sustainability, community building, and diversity woven into the fabric of our life here at Putney, students develop a well-rounded view of the world and the skills needed to thrive in it—and shape it. Come join us to learn, play, build and create community together here in beautiful Vermont.
Think / Do
At Putney we believe people learn best by doing, rather than being told. Our students flourish with the freedom they have here.
Joy / Meaning
We see the joy that comes from meaningful inquiry and meaningful work. It’s happening all over campus. It can happen for you.
Lead / Work
We value collaboration more than competition. Everyone plays an active role in running the community. Learn more about the leadership opportunities available to our students.
Self / Others
At Putney you will learn the art and skill of self-motivation and self-direction while working with others in an inclusive environment.
Home / World
We promote presence in community, in work, right now. We take what we learn off the hill and out into the world. Just like you, we want to make the world a better place.