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An Overview of the Process
We base our admission decisions on personal promise and demonstrated academic achievement.
We are now accepting applications on a rolling basis for the 2013-14 academic year. The deadline for the 2014-15 academic year is January 15th.
The simplest, most convenient way to apply to Putney is to apply online. You will set up an account so that you may complete the application at your own pace. Along with the student profile form, you will be asked to submit:
- School transcripts
- Recommendations—one from your English teacher, another from a Math teacher, one from your parents or guardians, and a fourth from your guidance counselor or principal (the School Report). Online recommendations can only be completed if you have registered with Gateway to Prep Schools.
- Brief essays in response to questions on the application form
- Test scores: We require that all ninth- and tenth-grade applicants take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) as part of the application to The Putney School. 11th and 12th grade applicants may submit PSAT or SAT scores in lieu of the SSAT.
- To save time, please have your SSAT scores sent directly to our office. Putney's school code is 5950 and can be entered when you register for the test.
- SSAT practice tests are available at Test Prep Review.
- Please provide a copy of any recent psycho-educational testing, such as a WISC, WIAT, Woodcock-Johnson, or a language evaluation. Email as attachments to Ann or send as hard copies with other application materials.
- Application fee ($50 for both domestic and international applicants)
- Please note: We do NOT accept the TABS common application.
- If you have questions or require additional information for the Gateway to Prep Schools online application, please visit their help site by clicking here.
- If you have a specific question or problem using the Gateway to Prep Schools online application, please contact them directly by clicking here.
- If you prefer, you may also download, fill in, and mail paper forms to us.
Prospective students are urged to visit, preferably on a school day so that they have the opportunity to tour the campus and talk with students and teachers. A personal interview follows.
Contact the Admission Office to arrange a visit. 802-387-6219 or Email.
Applicants who live overseas follow the same process as residents of the United States. Please apply online at www.gatewaytoprepschools.com. If visiting Putney's campus is not possible, we arrange the required interview via Skype or telephone. On-campus interviews can be scheduled anytime. Skype/telephone interviews are scheduled after the written portions of the application have been submitted.
If English is not your native language, a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or SLEP (Secondary Level English Placement) score is very helpful. Please include a score report with your application. TOEFL scores can be sent directly to Putney using school code 8079. Other standardized measures of English proficiency are also acceptable.
We offer Financial Aid on a case-by-case, need-only basis, making Putney accessible to students from all economic backgrounds. Each year about 40% of all Putney students receive financial aid. Families that wish to apply for tuition-reduction grants should request the necessary forms from the Admission Office at the beginning of the application process. Lois Barber, the Director of Financial Aid, will work with you once you have completed the application materials. You may contact Lois at 802-387-6243 with any financial aid questions.
The Putney School welcomes applications from home schooled students. We ask all home schooled applicants lacking a complete transcript from an umbrella organization to complete a portfolio worksheet so that we might accurately assess academic achievement and potential. Please follow this (link) to download the document. Once completed, you may include it with any written application materials being sent to the Admission Office, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax it to (802) 387-6278. If you are in the midst of your academic year, the worksheet should be completed to reflect your most recent “marking period.” If the student is accepted and decides to enroll, this document will be used by our Academic Office to properly assign credits and make class placements.
"It’s a gift to have a teacher at your side. When you are nurtured so well, it has an impact." ~ Damaris South ’75