Putney students are encouraged to challenge themselves intellectually, to actively participate in and appreciate the arts, 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.
The Putney School is a co-educational boarding and day school for Grades 9-12 founded in 1935 by Carmelita Hinton. We are a progressive school, in that we value the idea that education is something to be actively pursued rather than passively received. When students learn by doing rather than being told, they develop confidence, deeper understanding, and resolve. Our continued commitment to Ms. Hinton's fundemental beliefs, and our deliberate choices for our community and curriculum have put Putney at the leading edge of education in America.
We are student driven. We invest students with great power to shape the school and great responsibility for its functioning. Students run the work crews, milk the cows, and sort the recycling. Students also sit on the Board of Trustees, the Admission Committee and Educational Programming Committee. They learn the relevance of physical work, the importance of perspective, and the power of collaboration.