Schedule & Events

Daily Schedule & Events


From a rich selection in the Visual and Performing Arts, Creative Writing, Farm and ESOL programs, students choose two workshops; one for the morning, one for the afternoon. The exception is the Writing Intensive (creative writing) workshop in which students remain together for both the morning and afternoon workshop times.


After a full day in your workshops, late afternoons are a time to stretch, move, and have fun. You'll choose from a variety of outdoor activities, such as soccer, kickball, yoga, volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee, and farm chores. Our Field House, a net-zero energy use facility, accommodates basketball, badminton, yoga and indoor climbing. Several afternoons per session are dedicated to independent studio work, rehearsal, or writing.


When you arrive on campus, you'll choose two arts-related Evening Activities. While topics change each year, a sample of past offerings includes Blacksmithing, Dusk Landscape Painting, Found Object Art, Theater Improv, and Zines. The evening schedule also offers dances, a coffee house/variety show, readings by creative writing students, a special dinner prepared by international students, as well as social time


Weekdays after breakfast, everyone on campus gathers to sing. In unison, in rounds, in harmony, we sing a wide variety of music, including madrigals, Beatles songs, Appalachian music, African songs, and freedom songs from the 1960s. We sing a wide variety of songs that come from traditions and faiths from around the world.

Milk Lunch

A beloved Putney tradition, Milk Lunch is a mid-morning snack of muffins, scones, or other delicious offerings, fresh-baked in our own wood-fired bread oven.

Weekends & Special Events

Weekend time is scheduled but not hectic, giving you the opportunity to meet new people and participate in the arts, both on campus and in the surrounding area. Each session, events and field trips are planned to capitalize on our commitment to the arts, the Vermont landscape, and our dedication to creating a memorable experience. Students enjoy dorm activities, all-campus field trips, faculty presentations, fiction and poetry readings, dances, a talent show, and other local activities. As part of our commitment to community and to experiencing this natural setting, we spend one morning each session in service to the campus and one night sleeping outdoors on our "leave no trace" outback overnight.

Final performances, Readings & Open Studios

On the final Friday morning of each session, from 9 am to noon, families and friends are invited to attend presentations, exhibits, and performances of student work, concluding with a final Sing at 11:30 a.m.

A typical weekday
8:00 Breakfast
8:30 Sing
9:00 Morning Workshops begin
10:15 Milk Lunch
11:45 Morning Workshops end
12:00 Lunch
1:15 Afternoon Workshops begin
2:30 Juice break
4:00 Afternoon Workshops end
4:15 Afternoon Activities
5:30 Optional Puddle Swim
6:00 Dinner
7:15 Evening Activities
9:00 Social Hour
10:00 In dorms
11:00 Lights out


The Putney School Summer Programs
Elm Lea Farm, 418 Houghton Brook Road,
Putney, Vermont 05346 USA
802-387-6297 (main), (802) 387-6216 (fax)