What We Seek

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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.

Putney teachers describe their most successful students as those with an appetite for learning, more than for accolades and class rankings. Students who thrive are eager to seize responsibility for their own education and for the school. Putney works best for learners who are excited by their own curiosity and who aren’t afraid of their own intellectual momentum.

Putney students regularly devise questions, challenge assumptions, and propose new directions to pursue. And we believe that’s the way it should be.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the deadline for my application?

Completed applications are due January 1st and we will notify you of your acceptance on March 10th. Applications are reviewed after this date on a rolling basis. Please let us know if you are having trouble getting all the materials to us by the deadline. If you have any questions, please call the Admission Office at (802) 387-6219.

The financial aid application must be submitted by January 1st.

Do you accept mid-year applicants?

If space permits, we will consider applications for mid-year openings, which commences when students return from winter break early in January. Financial aid is not available for mid-year applicants. We rarely enroll international students mid year.

Can I submit paper copies of my essay questions and teacher recommendations?

No. We prefer that you use our online application system or our shared application platforms Gateway to Prep and SAO.

What happens on a visit to Putney?

Please see “Plan a Visit” for all the details!

What if I can’t travel to Putney for an interview?

You may arrange for a Skype or a phone interview appointment with one of our Admission counselors. The admission counselor conducting your interview will be in touch to arrange a time and share contact information with you. Your application should be complete before scheduling a Skype or phone interview.

Do you have learning support?

Yes. The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides academic support in the form of organizational help, study skills, and math workshops. The Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning is available to provide advice to students having specific challenges meeting the demands of their academic work. The CTL serves as a resource for all students, not just those with particular learning differences. Students who require additional tutoring on a regular basis may arrange this through the Director of the CTL.

I’m a homeschooled applicant, do I need to submit anything special?

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

The Putney School Now

Putney is all about students chasing their intellectual curiosities, forging connections, and working with adults to help this place run and evolve. We asked three questions: What are you most excited to be learning these days? What has surprised you about Putney? How have you enjoyed contributing to this community?