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Putney, Vermont, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation
418 Houghton Brook Road, Putney, Vermont, USA
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Summary: Putney today offers a liberal arts program that provides a strong background in English, History, the social sciences, foreign languages, Mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, and the studio and performing arts.
The education is as rigorous as it is broad. Academic learning happens in seminars and formal labs, but it is also integrated with all aspects of life. Students use their constant interaction with our farm, our woods, our kitchen, and indeed each other to construct inquiries, collect data, and pursue answers.
Department Director: Ann-Marie White
Average Class Size: 12
Full Time Teachers: 35
Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 73.00%
Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1
Saturday Classes: Yes
Summer Programs Offered: Offered
Summary: The Putney School stands for a way of life. Putney is committed to developing each student's full intellectual, artistic and physical potential.
Life at Putney is rich and stimulating, with days that seem full almost to bursting with activity and learning. In students' Afternoon Activities, students are required to participate in weekly physical activity—either work or sport. The Evening Arts program provides a chance to explore diverse performing, visual and literary arts and crafts. The evening classes meet once or twice a week.
At the end of a long day, students need a place to retreat into, to relax, catch up on work and sleep, to feel safe, and at home. 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 or advice. Two to four student Dorm Heads also help coordinate many of the dorm activities, from nightly cleaning to weekly meetings and weekend events. Dorms and individual rooms at Putney are simple and small, yet very functional and comfortable.
Department Director: Ben Freeman
Number of Dorms: 9
Average Students Per Dorm: 15
No. of Girls Dorms: 5
No. of Boys Dorms: 4
Dress Code: Casual
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Summary: Involvement in the arts is one of the central Putney experiences, and the academic arts program, encompassing a diverse range of disciplines in the visual and performing arts, forms the core of the arts program. Studio visual art courses seek to increase a student's awareness of the visual world, to support the controlled development of a student's unique imagination and emotion into visible form, and to promote an intellectual understanding of the basic formal elements and technical processes of a discipline. Music courses introduce students to the language and art of music, from both an academic and an aesthetic viewpoint. A full range of drama classes are offered during the academic day, as is a modern dance class with a focus on building both a technical and creative foundation from which to move.
Competitive or recreational sports at Putney are valued for fostering individual skills and strengths. Sports do not conflict with art activities, so there is no need to choose between one or the other. The school's rural hilltop location provides superb outdoor recreational facilities. There are seven acres of playing fields, a new riding stable, ring and jumps, a swimming and skating pond, a serious weight-training and exercise facility, 25 kilometers of groomed cross-country trails, and even more kilometers of the Connecticut River for crew.
Arts Department Director: Kalya Yannatos
Athletics Department Director: Cara Stickney
Summary: Putney prides itself on being far more than a college prep school. Nearly all Putney students, however, proceed to college--and an impressive percentage of them get accepted at highly selective colleges.
Putney graduates thrive at intensely academic elite liberal arts colleges, research and technical universities, and prestigious art, music, and drama schools.
Jennifer DesMaisons, Putney's Director of College Counseling, spent eleven years working on the college side of admissions, and she discourages students from thinking only about academic or artistic strengths, possible majors, and prestigious names when selecting colleges. She states, "Long before Putney students and I start discussing their application forms, we look at what the students, in their increasing maturity, know about themselves. We talk about what most inspires and motivates them, and I introduce them to information about the universe of colleges and about specific colleges within that universe. In many ways what I'm doing is helping them confidently take the reins of their own lives. There's a wonderful 'Aha!' moment that happens for many students as they progress from feeling fearful and overwhelmed by the college process to feeling excited and optimistic."
Jennifer also helps parents understand the details of financial aid application.
Department Director: Jennifer DesMaisons
Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 90.00%
Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:
Middle Percentile of SAT Scores
Caitlin Cohen (Class of 2003) co-founder, Mali Health Organizing Project
Kate Brown (Class of 1997) attorney, U.S. Army Advocate General’s Corps
Lee Hirsch (Class of 1990) director of Sundance Film Festival Award winner, Amadla
Tea Leoni (Class of 1984) actress (Spanglish, Fun with Dick and Jane)
Tim Daly (Class of 1974) film, television, and theater actor (Diner, Wings)
Nell Potts Newman (Class of 1978) founder, Newman's Own Organics
Carlton Cuse (Class of 1977) executive producer, Lost
Jeffrey Hollender (Class of 1973) CEO, Seventh Generation
Tim Weiner (Class of 1973) Pulitzer Prize winning journalist
Bill Koch (Class of 1973) Olympic Cross-Country Skiing Silver Medalist (1976)
"The sense community at Putney is just incredible. Sometimes I forgot that I was with students and teachers. I see them all as part of my family now."
-Lena Jorde, Class of 2010, enrolled at Columbia University
"Putney allowed me to grow and develop in the direction most natural—and thus most right—for me. It helped me to better know myself."
-Eli Lichtenstein, Class of 2009, enrolled at Dartmouth College
"I can best describe the academics at The Putney School as intimate. Having a familiar relationship in the class enables a sense of security and openness rarely found in high school or college."
-Anonymous, Class of 2005, enrolled at Sarah Lawrence College
Summary: Teen Summer Arts, Creative Writing and ESOL programs
for high school students (ages 14 to 17) on beautiful hilltop farm campus in Southern Vermont
Visual Arts include animation, ceramics, drawing, filmmaking, glass arts, metal jewelry, painting, photography, graphic novel & printmaking, sculpture, fashion design, weaving.
Performing Arts include theater, contemporary dance, vocal ensemble and songwriting & music composition.
Creative Writing workshops include
Fiction Writing, Poetry Writing, Writing for Performance
Students write, critique and publish poems, short stories and plays.
English language classes: (ESOL) for non-native speakers with arts workshops in the afternoon and evening.
Farm Program on our working farm with dairy herd, small animal barn, horses and gardens.
Students work with professional artists, dancers, actors, musicians, writers and teachers in two half-day studio workshops.
Department Director: Tom Howe
June 29, 2014 to August 08, 2014
Students take risks in their creative work, learn new things, and get better at what they already know by enrolling in half day workshops in the visual arts, performing arts, creative writing, farm, and ESOL.
Registration Deadline: June 21, 2014
Financial Aid Available: Yes
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