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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Danny O'Brien, Head of School

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Ibrahim

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Senior
from
Massachusetts

The art curriculum has shown me that there are other important things to society, and to learning about each other, and to life in general, because, through art, people express how they feel or express what they see.

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Isanna

year
Junior
from
New Hampshire

You work alongside your friends, and you get to interact with new people that you might not otherwise have met.

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Julian

year
Junior
from
Vermont

Putney has taught me that I need to be a person who takes an active role in our world.

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Luna

year
Junior
from
Vermont

My favorite class this term is actually calculus, which is strange because I’ve never loved math, ever. But I’m really understanding everything, and my classmates are super funny and collaborative.

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Sandy

year
Junior
from
China

Putney really allows you to come up with your own ideas. You’re not going to be judged. It’s like you’re free.

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Josephine

year
Sophomore
from
Massachusetts

That’s something that I really appreciate about boarding schools like this, because we have international students and people that come from all different places.

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Francis

year
Sophomore
from
Utah

I think that Putney is best for someone who wants to take learning into their own hands.

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Sam

year
Sophomore
from
New York

I looked up at how pretty the stars were and decided that I was going to message all my friends and just get them to come to the pasture and dance under the stars with me.

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David

year
Junior
from
China

I think I’m more brave and willing to try new things after coming to Putney.

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Issy

year
Sophomore
from
Rhode Island

I often say Putney is what you make of it. You get from it what you give.”

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Corinne

year
Senior
from
Maryland

At Putney it’s normal to be so multi-faceted. I really love the people, and how tight knit we are. I’ve learned that self advocacy is a real thing.

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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.

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