Application Checklist

While our first-round application due date has passed, we are happy to continue considering applications for the 2021-2022 school year.

Do be in direct touch so we can discuss your interests and why Putney might be an extraordinary possibility.




If you’ve begun an application and need to retrieve it, you can log in here.

We also accept applications through the SAO and Gateway to Prep admission platforms.

(Please note: We do not accept the TABS common application.)

Application Checklist

Please submit the following items with your application:

    • A student profile questionnaire
    • School transcripts
    • Four student essays in response to questions on the application form
    • Three brief parent essays in response to questions on the application form
    • Two teacher recommendations—one from a current English/Humanities teacher and one from a Math/Science teacher
    • A school report from your principal or guidance counselor
    • Personal recommendations (optional)
    • Standardized Test Scores: We do not require standardized testing for our application. However, we would be happy to have it included in your admissions materials if you did take the test. 
  • Any psychological/educational testing reports (email separately as attachments or send as hard copies)
    • If you are applying for financial aid, please apply through the School and Student Services platform and work to complete your application by the January 1st deadline.  You will likely be able to provide actual documentation only for your prior year taxes and will make your best estimates of your most recent taxes.  We make all financial aid offers contingent upon final review of your most recent taxes.
    • Application fee ($50 for both domestic and international applicants)
  • A personal interview is also required. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to visit on a school day so that they have the opportunity to tour campus and connect with students and teachers. Students who are unable to visit campus may request a Skype interview after completing their application. Please contact the Admission Office to arrange a visit or schedule an interview.

General Timeline


  • Find out more about Putney: Look through our website and our Viewbook, which highlights our students and curriculum.
  • Begin inquiry process: Complete our Inquiry Form.
  • Schedule an interview: Contact us at (802) 387-6219 or
  • Register to take the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT- dates here) or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), if necessary.


  • Visit campus and experience a class, go on a tour, and interview with a member of our Admission team.
  • Request recommendations, transcripts, and school reports from your current school.
  • Take the SSAT or TOEFL test as necessary (see above).
  • Work on your application.



  • Submit application and all supplemental materials by January 15. A complete description of our application requirements can be found above on our Application Checklist.
  • Submit all materials for consideration of Financial Aid by January 1. For more information about Financial Aid, please click here.


Helpful Dates:

Financial Aid Application Due:      January 1, 2021
Admission Application Due:          January 15, 2021
Admission Decision Shared:          March 10, 2021


The Putney School welcomes applications from home-schooled students. We ask all homeschooled applicants lacking a complete transcript from an umbrella organization to complete a portfolio worksheet so that we might accurately assess academic achievement and potential. Please contact us if you need more information about applying as a homeschooled student.

Download the Homeschool Portfolio Worksheet

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