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.
Schedule Your Visit
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, so please contact us if you’d like to visit Putney.
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. A typical class visit is an hour and a half and will give you a good sense of what happens when you have a longer time to discuss and do hands-on work in class.|
|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 hear one student’s perspective, 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||Interviews are essential in discovering whether Putney would be a good fit for a prospective student. Our process consists of an interview with the parent(s) or guardian(s), followed by an interview with the student. All interviews are conducted by John Barrengos, Brian Quarrier ’05, Michael Sardinas, Jessa Harger or Libby Holmes.|
|Second Class Visit||If you wish to sit in on a second class, you are welcome to stay for this block.|
|Lunch||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.|
How should I dress?
Keep in mind that the school is part of a working farm and the tour will include a visit to the barn. Informal dress and “sensible shoes” recommended! Bring an outer layer appropriate for the season.
Should I bring anything with me when I visit?
You are welcome to bring any samples of your artwork (visual artwork, music, videos, or written pieces) although this is not required. Your visit is part of your larger research project about finding the right school, so we encourage you to bring a notepad or whatever helps you to keep track of your reactions.
If I play an instrument, can I bring it to my interview?
Yes, if you are a musician, we invite you to bring your instrument to the school. We are very proud of our music program, and our music director is always eager to meet musicians.
What if I can’t travel to Putney for an interview?
Once you have completed your application you can arrange for a Skype or a phone interview with one of our Admission representatives.
What if I have been diagnosed with learning differences?
We want to ensure that every student at Putney can thrive here. Applicants who have been identified with learning differences should share this information and any reports from educational or psychological testing at the outset of the admission process. This will help us to better understand your learning profile and it will help you to better assess our support systems for students.
Please send along any professional evaluations to Amara in advance of your visit or when it becomes available.