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The Putney School:
The Putney School is an independent co-educational boarding school for Grades 9-12 in Putney, Windham County, southern Vermont, just 115 miles from Boston. The Putney School is an educational community where expectations are high, and friendships are close. In addition to a challenging college preparatory academic curriculum with AP, SAT and ACT courses, each student participates in the arts and in music to develop skills that will bring lifelong enjoyment. We also provide evening art classes, project week, a work program, summer school and an ESOL program.

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Why Choose Putney School?

Photo of Accredited Boarding School in Vermont1. We are a progressive school. This means we value experiential education, the idea that people learn best by doing, rather than by being told.
2. We have a powerful arts program, both for its own sake and because we understand the impact of the arts on all other fields of endeavor.
3. We are a school that takes its intellectual tradition seriously, but does not wrap it up in formalities.
4. We are an international community, with students from 24 states and 13 nations. Our graduates are prepared to be useful citizens of the world by having lived and worked closely with people from a wide variety of cultures.
5. We take seriously the need to learn to live sustainably. We have a farm, a garden, and many acres of woods and trails. We use both old and new technology to close the gap between what we take and what we give back.

Accreditation:

We are accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Mission:

The Putney School stands for a way of life. Putney is committed to developing each student's full intellectual, artistic and physical potential. Putney students are encouraged to challenge themselves intellectually, to pursue rigorous learning for its own sake, to actively participate in and appreciate the arts, to contribute meaningfully to the work program that sustains the School community and the farm on which it is located, to engage in vigorous athletics, and to develop a social consciousness and world view that will provide the foundation for life-long moral and intellectual growth.

Philosophy:

* To have old and young work together in a true comradeship relation, stressing the community and its need for the cooperation of all.
* To wish to live adventurously though not recklessly, willing to take risks, if need be, for moral growth, so that one definitely progresses along the long slow road toward achieving a civilization worthy of the name.
* To learn to appreciate and participate in the creative arts where man gives expression to his struggle for communication of his inner life and for beauty, and to grant these arts great prestige.
* To work not for marks, badges, honors, but to discover truth and to grow in knowledge of the universe and in the understanding of men, to treasure the hard stretching of oneself, to render service.

Boarding Programs for Boys & Girls in Grades 9-12:

As one of the first boarding schools in the country to embrace coeducation for high school, we have had a long time to develop a residential program that nurtures, empowers, and teaches.

Programs include:
- College Preparatory Curriculum with English, history, modern languages, math, science, the arts, physical education
- Advanced Placement Courses
- College Preparatory Courses ACT and SAT
- Extensive Arts and Music Program
- Evening Arts Program
- English for Speakers of Other Languages Program
- Project Week               
- Work Program as Community Help
- Summer Program with arts and creative writing

Residential Life:

Image of Accredited Boarding School in VermontStudents are spread across campus in nine small dorms, ranging from 10 to 30 students. Each dorm is led by two to three faculty Dorm Heads, living in apartments attached to each dorm. Many dorm parents have children and pets, which gives dorms an "extended family" feeling, and regularly have their doors open for students to stop in for homework help, advice, or just a snack and a chat.

Dorms and individual rooms at Putney are simple and small, yet very functional and comfortable. The majority of our rooms are doubles, with some singles and triples, and all open to common hallways and living spaces. Each room is sparsely furnished with bed, desk, chair, dresser, closet space and direct connection to the internet. Students quickly decorate their rooms in their own style, making the simple space their own personalized retreat – their home away from home.

Location:

Putney is 115 miles from Boston and 213 miles from New York City. There is airline service to Bradley Airport in Hartford, Connecticut, as well as to Manchester, New Hampshire. There is train and bus service to Brattleboro, Vermont.

Located on a 500-acre hilltop farm in southern Vermont, Putney's campus includes organic gardens, sugarbush, a dairy farm, and 40 kilometers of groomed x-c ski trails. The school is graced by its beautiful setting and long tradition of excellence in education.

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Address: Putney, Elm Lea Farm, 418 Houghton Brook Road, Manchester, Vermont , USA
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