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The Putney School4
Posted September 12, 2013
- a student
I just read what someone wrote about Putney, and I'd point out several points to prevent misunderstanding. This person said, "There was never a spare moment for my personal artwork advancement," but that's not at all true. Although school does not emphasize on grades, but I got straight As on all of the courses I took. I took a lot of time getting prepared for calsses, I still had plenty of time to get prepared for SAT on my own and read great literature. I haven't seen someone who manages time wisely among who say they don't have time because of work. Manage your time wisely. If you work on your assignment during the conference blocks and the second half of the lunch time, you will always have more than three hours for yourself in the afternoon or evening. Of course, I had jobs, afternoon activities, and evening arts. And many schools emphasize on athletics, and Putney is one of the few schools that are not so entrenched in athletics. They will tell you to do it, because it's good for your health. Unless your in varsity, you only have to do 3 hours a week. I cannot process how this would take all of your free time to work on your art pieces.
This school is not what you think it is. They may seem to be a progressive independent school meant for individuals. However, there is such an emphasis on work and arts that the students do not have time to find their true passions. I was forced into athletic afternoon activities, when I wished to focus on my artwork. There was never a spare moment for my personal artwork advancement. When I had problems with my self-esteem and the school, I would email the dean of students. He was very slow in responding and never once met with me in person. My mother had to force him to have a meeting with me for him to even consider it. The school has one focus, and that is work. The student's health or goals hardly matter to the staff. In my time at Putney, I noticed that while the school is small there are noticeable friend circles that exclude others. It is not an inclusive environment for anyone to thrive in. Use your own judgement, but be careful when making a decision about sending your children to the Putney School.
Putney is truly one of a kind, offering an exceptional context for the development of well rounded, engaged, thoughtful and hard working teenagers. Teachers at Putney do not just pay lip service to the lofty ideals of progressive education: they very definitely walk the walk. The current Head of School sets a wise and compassionate tone for the community. Things like the work program (all students have jobs!), project weeks (replacing conventional exam periods) and "Long Fall" expeditions set Putney apart.
Putney is a fantastic school for the right child. Most students are boarding students so it helps a lot of their independent and responsible. Putney has a creative and rigorous academic environment but really shines in the arts and in the broad range of activities that students can be involved in outside of the classroom. Examples include working a a functioning farm, weaving, cutting wood to heat the buildings and many others.
My daughter attended The Putney School from 9-12. I believe she was truly supported in developing her critical thinking skills, written and oral communication. Putney supports expanisve thinking, social awareness, involvment. Extracurriculurs are great. My daughter did crew for 4 years, music at many levels all 4 years, and really developed her leadership qualities and participated fully in this wonderful community. She was seen and respected and in some ways has been a little spoiled for the cold, cruel world where conformity reigns supreme. The Putney School is a special and unique place where superficial values are discouraged. The entire school (students, staff)gets together to sing once a week, how's that for uplifting and bonding?
A terrific school that centrers on the complete development of a child into a responsible and capable adult. This school teaches so much more outside of the classroom environment than most schools do within. The school also manages to do all this while giving the students more and more responsibilities as they progress through their time on campus, preparing them for the eventual progression into college. As far as music, art, sports and other extracurriculars, Putney offers its students everything from dairy barn chores to traditional balkan singing to printmaking.