Campus Life

Our campus includes nine dorms and five solar-powered cabins. Our dorms are home to anywhere from 10 to 30 students, and our cabins have space for two senior students. Many dorm parents have children, so the dorms feel like home-away-from-home. The dorm parents work with the student dorm heads to balance the many things Putney demands and offers – jobs, schedules, and choices.

So much of life at Putney is outside of the dorms, and students can spend their free time as they please on campus. Whether it’s playing music in the Currier Center, drawing or making jewelry in Wender, rock climbing in the Field House, or making friends hiking on our extensive trail system, we encourage students to feel at home in every space on campus.

The school organizes some evening and weekend activities, but most are student driven. Here are some examples of activities around campus:   

  • March of the Turkeys Celebration
  • Harvest Festival
  • Dances organized by students including Snowball and Social
  • Coffee House
  • Hanging by the fire ring behind the field house (built by students during work day)
  • Weekend events to downtown Brattleboro and Northampton
  • Hiking with the Putney Outdoors Program (POP)
  • Relaxing on the hill in the sun
  • Reading by the fire in the library
  • Enjoying treats with your dorm
  • Student gatherings such at the Tea Club
  • Sunday Church
  • Pick-up soccer after dinner
  • Work Days
  • Long Fall

We also have a number of student-led groups on campus. These are always changing, but here are some examples:

  • Diversity Committee
  • Feminism
  • Model UN
  • Poetry
  • POP (Putney Outdoor Program)
  • Spectrum
  • Sustainability Squad
  • POC Affinity

Cabin Program

Ten to eleven students live in five cabins on The Putney School campus every year. The cabins are wood heated and, where possible, actively and passively solar powered. Yes, it's a big responsibility to live this way, so the selection process is rigorous. Here is a glimpse of the experience.