Putney School students come to this beautiful, 500-acre rural campus in southern Vermont, with a working farm, and find themselves immersed in an exciting, challenging program of academics, arts, sports and work. Rooted in the progressive educational philosophies of Carmelita Hinton, who founded the school in 1935, Putney's program is based on the idea that students learn best by doing. This philosophy pervades all facets of Putney's diverse curriculum. By fostering initiative, self-reliance, creativity, and responsibility, Putney endows its students with the skills and sensibilities necessary for success in college and life beyond.

" Project Week: Twice a year, classes are suspended for 10 days during Project Week, when students work on two projects, one academic, one non-academic, of their own design, or with a group.

" Work Day: Twice a year the whole school takes a day to do maintenance, repair and construction around campus.

" All-School Sing: Every Thursday, the whole school gathers to sing together in 4-part harmony; everything from classical epics to rounds to selections from the Beatles.

" Evening Arts Activities: Two evenings a week, students are engaged in an art activity of their choosing. A non-academic class, this can be the perfect introduction to an art form, or an opportunity to perfect technique. Examples include: African dance or drumming, jewelry, weaving, stained glass, orchestra, blacksmithing, woodworking, yearbook, photography, cartoon art, printmaking, ceramics and web design.

" Cabins: In their senior year, students who qualify can live in cabins heated by woodstoves with solar powered lighting.

" Work Program:
Students participate in all aspects of the school's maintenance by doing work jobs. Examples include preparing food, waiting on tables, milking cows, cleaning the barn, weeding the garden, sweeping classrooms, gathering firewood, and collecting sap to boil into maple syrup.

" Long Spring trips:
Every Spring, the whole school heads out of doors on 5-day hiking, biking, and canoeing trips.

" Senior Exhibitions:
In the final semester of their senior year, qualified students can drop two courses in favor of an independent senior project. The project ends with an exhibition of knowledge learned, judged by two experts in the field.