Overview

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oundless Learning. At Buxton, education is what we give and it’s what we get. We believe that learning is universal, and is as based in experience as it is in the classroom.

As a progressive, supportive and enriching preparatory school, we are tasked with providing a rich and varied academic and artistic program for our students. Small classes, dedicated and accessible teachers, a 4:1 student to faculty ratio, and classes that push the limits of what and how we think make up the core of the Buxton educational experience.

At Buxton, students can choose from both traditional and nontraditional areas of study, including electives of the type not typically seen until college.

Our individual course programs are designed with the student in mind and answer the question: what does he or she want and need – both in the classroom and outside of it?

We do not offer ‘honors’ or ‘advanced placement’ classes in the traditional sense and we don’t teach to test scores. Instead, we honor our mission to know and value each student as an individual and to help him or her grow as student, thinker, artist and citizen.

Buxton students live their education and because of this, they are passionate thinkers, learners and doers.

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Classes

At Buxton, academics are the core of the well-rounded, experience-based education we offer our students. We strive to present curriculum in ways that are exciting, eye-opening and inclusive. Classes are small and discussion-oriented, with teachers who are “teaching to their passions” – not mandates.

Expectations are high. Students must show up ready to live their education through participation, interaction and learning. If they do, the wonders of the world await them.

Explore the curriculum to discover course offerings in the Arts, Drama, English, Foreign Languages, History and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Music and Sciences. We also have information about Afternoon and Evening Activities and Electives, as well as information about Winter Term 2017.

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Graduation Requirements

Sixteen credits are required for graduation, which include 4 years of English and a year of American history. Students are also counseled to complete a minimum of 3 years of mathematics, 2 years of social science, 2 years of laboratory science, and a minimum of 3 years of a foreign language. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to pursue courses in the arts.

Grading

Grading at Buxton is like most everything else at the school: not exactly status quo. Three times a year, students receive written reports from each teacher, conduct their own self-evaluation, and then have a conference with a director to discuss the findings.

Our experience has shown us that this unique combination of written and verbal evaluation is more thorough, subtle, effective, humane and meaningful than letter grades. Buxton teachers are encouraged to give very specific encouragement, advice and instruction to communicate precisely how students are performing and, if necessary, how they can improve.

For college admissions purposes, we do generate a graded report card beginning at the end of junior year. But because our evaluative process is so thorough, students and parents are very unlikely to be surprised by the letter grades.

Explore the curriculum to discover course offerings in the Arts, Drama, English, Foreign Languages, History and Social Sciences, Mathematics, Music and Sciences. We also have information about Afternoon and Evening Activities and Electives, as well as information about Winter Term 2017.

Read our Viewbook to learn more.

Testimonials

  • “Learning doesn’t stop when you leave the classroom, it’s continuing through every moment of the day and your life, constantly shaping and reshaping you.”
    Hollis Lane
    Hollis Lane San Francisco, CA
  • “At Buxton you get to focus on what you want to be learning; whether it is social skills or in-depth studying- you learn to take responsibility of your education.”
    Francis Magai
    Francis Magai Troy, NY
  • “Living your education means to not only learn things, but to use what you learn in your everyday life.”
    Naima Nigh
    Naima Nigh Mexico
  • “To me, living your education means to be independent, to take charge, to not be afraid of asking for help, to learn from your peers, to love to learn, to take what you have learned from a loving environment and take it into the world.”
    Kat Hallowell
    Kat Hallowell New Hampshire
  • “Your education is more than just your time in class, it’s your life as a whole. Learning is not limited to a teacher teaching you something in a classroom.”
    Cynder Johnson
    Cynder Johnson Missouri
  • “To me, at Buxton, it’s not boundaries that you make, but the ones you break through.”
    Roy Malone
    Roy Malone New York, NY
  • “At Buxton, I can choose what I want to do with my education. I can design my own path and invest my time studying topics that I’m really interested in.”
    Nora Mittleman
    Nora Mittleman New York, NY
  • “At Buxton you can experience your intellectual development in a community that accepts your perspective of the world.”
    Ben Nigh
    Ben Nigh Mexico
  • “I felt instantly at home when I stepped on the campus. At Buxton, we are in school 24/7. We learn things in the classroom, but we really learn valuable things outside of the classroom. We learn how to work with others and respect each other’s spaces. Our education surrounds us and we learn new things everyday.”
    Emily Woodside
    Emily Woodside Albany, NY
  • “I chose Buxton over public school because I think I function better in a smaller environment. You’re able to get to know students and faculty on a deeper level, which is rare.”
    Charlie Starenko
    Charlie Starenko Williamstown, MA

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