Visiting Putney is essential. Some schools want to be careful about what they let visitors see; at Putney, we want you to see as much as possible so that you can be informed and excited about the possibilities ahead.
At Putney, we believe that students learn best by doing, and this holds true for prospective students as well. You’ll come away from your visit with a clearer idea of what life is like here, and you’ll never know all the different things that high school can be until you’ve seen Putney in action.
We encourage families to visit while school is in session so that students and parents have the opportunity to sit in on classes, connect with faculty, and ask questions of current students. Visits typically begin at 8:00 am, 9:45 am, or at 1 pm, and we aim for visits to include a student-led tour, at least one class visit, and in-depth interviews for students and parents by one of our admission counselors.
The ideal time to visit Putney is before submitting an application. For more information about visiting Putney, please contact Amara Cunningham.
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What Happens on a Putney Visit?
|Arrival||The Admission Office is located in the Main Building directly in front of our parking lot. There you will check in with the Office Manager, Amara Cunningham, and meet members of the Admission team.|
|Class Visit||Academic classes at Putney are rigorous, engaging and important for you to experience. If you would like to visit a certain class or subject, please let Amara know when you are scheduling your visit, so we can try to make that possible.|
|All School Assembly or Sing||Assembly is a unique, energizing, community tradition in which the entire school comes together to share student performances and presentations, hear from guest speakers, and relay important logistical information. Assembly is led by either Emily Jones or the two student Heads of School. On Thursdays, Assembly is replaced with Sing, led by Musical Director Eric Thomas.|
|Campus Tour||As is often the case at Putney, students take the lead. Our student tour guides show the campus to prospective students and their families together. This is an opportunity for you to ask your key questions and gain the perspective of our current students, stop by the centers of student life, and glimpse a few of Putney’s 500 rural acres. Make sure to mention any particular hopes you have for the tour, whether it be stopping by the blacksmithing studio or the horse barn.|
|Student and Parent Interviews||Our interviews are more conversations than performances. We are eager to learn all about who you are and the journey you have been on … and the journey you are hoping to build for yourself! We find these conversations are helpful for our learning and for yours, so our preferences is to make sure we have time with you and with the key adults in your family.|
|Lunch||When possible, we welcome you to join us for lunch at the KDU (Kitchen and Dining Unit), which regularly serves farm-to-table food straight from the Elm Lea Farm and other local sources.|