The Putney School

Elm Lea Farm, 418 Houghton Brook Rd, Putney, VT 05346

"To make school life a more real, less sheltered, less self-centered venture; to educate the individual in the light of what he can later do toward solving the problems of society" was Carmelita Hinton's vision in opening this preparatory school. Vigorous, dynamic, broad-visioned, unsparing of her energy, Mrs. Hinton selected her faculty, including many specialists in the arts, from outstanding progressive and conservative schools and colleges in this country and in Europe. Through small, seminar-style classes, Putney offers students opportunities for acceleration and for independence in academic pursuits. The curriculum is complemented by a Vermont farm experience, an outdoor program with competitive and noncompetitive sports, and opportunities in the arts. The wide range of student activities includes an evening activity period two times a week during which students learn about such subjects as jewelry making, blacksmithing, jazz, chamber music, African drumming, photography, pottery, weaving and woodworking. Every student participates in the work program, rotating through jobs in the kitchen, the barns, the dairy, the forest, the gardens and other sites on campus. The school community is, in many ways, self-sustaining, producing much of its own food, firewood and lumber.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Coed Grades 9-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full AddressElm Lea Farm, 418 Houghton Brook Rd, Putney, VT 05346
Telephone802-387-6219
Fax802-387-6278
Year Established1935
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorEmily H. Jones
Applications DueJanuary
Total Enrollment218
Boarding Students172
Day Students46
Boys94
Girls124
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