Admissions Team

At Putney, we look for driven, creative students who want to and are able to take advantage of the intellectual freedom and autonomy afforded students both in the classroom and across their experience of our school.

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Please feel free to ask as many questions as you need (it’s how we’ll know you are a good fit)!

To contact our admissions office: (802) 387-6201;

Our team is an eclectic group with divergent backgrounds and histories. We all believe deeply in the value of progressive education and enjoy seeing its positive impact for Putney students every day. To learn more about why we love Putney, read on!

John Barrengos

Director of Admission and Financial Aid

B.A. Tufts University
M.A. Columbia University Teachers College
Ed.M. Columbia University Teachers College
Ed.D. Columbia University Teachers College

Why do you love working at Putney?

I have had a professional crush on Putney’s confident embrace of progressive education since I was in graduate school in the 1990s. I’ve always loved admission and seen it as an intersection of the present and future tense of a school community. The caliber of our students and parents and the mesh and match of our families with our aspirations defines the potential of our school.

Helping a family to choose the right educational community for their child’s next chapter asks that we carefully come to understand kids and their families, share our lenses with the family, and imagine a child’s learning journey through our school.

Amara Cunningham

Admission Office Manager

Why do you love working at Putney?

My job at Putney puts me in a front-row seat for transformative educational experiences. Not only do I get to introduce visitors to the school for the first time, I also am afforded opportunities to see students progress throughout the course of their time here. It’s pretty affirming to see all of the beautiful things that happen here: shy students finding their voices; artists finding their medium; activists finding their causes, just to name a few. And to think it all starts in the Admission Office!

How do you continue to be a lifelong learner?

I’m a musician, so I’m always learning new music and technique. It’s hard for me to believe that I would still be growing and changing so much if I hadn’t found my place at Putney. Existing in this community has helped me realize that there are always opportunities for me if I’m willing to push and better myself, so I keep striving.

Libby Holmes

Director of International Programs

B.A. Miami University
M.A.T. School for International Training

Why do you love working at Putney?

Putney creates and recreates a remarkable and compelling community each year, comprised of energetic new students from all over the world, seasoned returning students prepared to lead and contribute, and a generous-hearted, committed faculty and staff of able adults, some of whom are long-time friends and others who are more recent arrivals offering new ways to understand education and fresh camaraderie.  Together, we make Putney more than just a school.

How do you continue to be a lifelong learner?

Far from my earlier studies in literature and language teaching, I’m now learning about native plants, natural gardening, and other horticultural matters.

Brian Quarrier ’05

Associate Director of Admissions

B.S. Bates College

Why do you love working at Putney?

After graduating from Putney in 2005, I have thought a lot about coming back to work here. It’s special when you find a spot that allows you to grow up and be who you want to be without pressure to conform to social norms. Being a student at Putney allowed me to follow my passions and pushed me to excel, and that is true for me as an adult now. I am very excited to help students find a place that will push them to be their best selves.

How do you continue to be a lifelong learner?

I have stayed in education my whole life because of all of the opportunities to continue to learn. Currently, I am on a creation kick. I love making things: wooden boats, bamboo bikes, leather shoes, sewing fleeces, blacksmithing, woodturning, ceramics, weaving, hide tanning, you name it I am excited to try. Making things forces me to think creatively and problem solve. Every medium has its own challenge and strength, figuring out what they are and how to use them to build something beautiful and functional is a joy.

Meet John Barrengos

Putney's Director of Admissions & Financial Aid talks about making the school search process work for your family.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Since our founding in 1935, The Putney School has been committed to socioeconomic diversity. Putney works to remain accessible through its need-based financial aid program and through endowed funds which support all Putney students. Learn more.

Numbers based on 2019-20 academic year.


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