Nondiscrimination and Enrollment Policies
Statement of Nondiscrimination
The Putney School admits qualified students of any race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law, including the Vermont Public Accommodations Act (9 V.S.A. Chapter 139) and the Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act (21 V.S.A. Chapter 5, Subchapter 6), and extends to them all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its educational, admissions, financial aid, athletic, and other policies or programs.
As an approved independent school The Putney School follows these enrollment policies:
1) All applications to The Putney School shall be made voluntarily.
2) No student shall be denied acceptance for enrollment in The Putney School on the basis of disability (as defined in Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended), or that the student is eligible for special education or undergoing the comprehensive evaluation process for special education, or on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or any other classification protected by federal or state law.
3) The Putney School may make acceptance decisions based on considerations including meeting minimum academic or extracurricular activity preparation requirements, demonstrating motivation and capacity to take advantage of the intellectual and creative freedom offered in our program, student and family agreement with the school’s educational philosophy, student willingness to participate in extracurricular programs and activities, and enrollment of other family members.
4) If the number of applicants to The Putney School exceeds capacity, enrollment decisions shall be based first upon continuing to enroll previously enrolled students and then upon considerations itemized in paragraph three above.
Excerpts from 2200 Series Rules
Demonstration that the school substantially complies with all statutory requirements for approved independent schools, with documentation of the following:
1) A statement of nondiscrimination, posted on the school’s website and included in the school’s application materials, that is consistent with the Vermont Public Accommodations Act, Title 9 Vermont Statutes Annotated, Chapter 139 and the Vermont Fair Employment Practices Act, Title 21 Vermont Statutes Annotated, Chapter 5, Subchapter 6.
2) An assurance, signed by the Head of School, that the school complies with the Vermont Public Accommodations Act in all aspects of the school’s admissions and operations.
Rule 2229.1 Enrollment: Requirements for Approved Independent Schools, Students, and LEAs.
(a) Each approved independent school shall publish, maintain and follow a written enrollment policy which, at minimum, shall provide the following:
1) That the student or the parent of a student seeking to attend the approved independent school shall voluntarily submit an application;
2) Any special considerations or requirements for a student’s acceptance for enrollment, none of which shall disadvantage a student based on the student’s membership in a protected class, the student’s actual or suspected disability, or the student’s socioeconomic status;
3) The school’s process for making enrollment decisions when the number of applicants exceeds capacity;
4) That a student shall be accepted for enrollment in a non-discriminatory manner and consistent with the school’s written enrollment policy. No student shall be denied acceptance for enrollment if the reason for denial is that the student is disabled as defined in section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended or that the student is eligible for special education or undergoing the comprehensive evaluation process for special education. No student shall be denied acceptance for enrollment on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or any other classification protected by federal or State law.