Overview

Not Your Typical School.

Our student body is the core of the Buxton experience. There is no way to categorize them, except to say they are all – individually and collectively – vibrant, independent and creative thinkers. They question the status quo. They live life on their own terms. They want the best, and they deserve the best. We are proud to know them and we are proud to empower them.

Buxton students are from the U.S. and abroad and may choose to either board at the school or attend it as a day student.

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Admissions Open House December 10th

Join us for an in-person Admissions Open House on Sunday, December 10th, 2023 at 10am. The open house will include campus tours, a sampling of our hands-on activities, and a Q& A with students and faculty.

Register here: https://buxtonschool.org/open-house-registration/

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Virtual Application Q&A December 28th 7pm

Join our Director of Admissions, Ky Gerbush for a virtual Q & A about the application process. With the deadline approaching on Feb 1, Ky is offering a virtual session to answer any questions, or to just talk about Buxton!

Register here: https://buxtonschool.org/virtual-visit/

Read our Viewbook to learn more.

Interested in…

U.S.-Based Applicants

  • A completed application (available online)
  • All necessary financial aid materials
  • Official transcripts from your current school (for the previous two academic years or more)
  • Two letters of recommendation (including one from a current or former teacher)
  • A $50 application fee (payable by check or money order to The Buxton School or online)
  • OPTIONAL: Your most recent SSAT scores
  • OPTIONAL: Any supplemental materials that will help us get to know you better, such as samples of your creative writing, poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture and photography; CDs, DVDs or MP3s of musical, theatrical or dance performances; and math or science projects or reports. Anything that you feel truly expresses your unique take on the world is something that we’d like to see.

In addition, a personal admissions interview is required for application. Your visit will help us get to know you – and vice versa – and give you and your family the opportunity to tour our 150-acre campus, visit classes and meet students. If you are unable to visit, accommodations can be made.

Please email admissions@buxtonschool.org or fill out the Information Request form to schedule a visit, arrange a phone or Skype interview or ask any questions.

International Applicants

We encourage applications from international students and work to support their experience at every turn, including three levels of ESL instruction and one-on-one ESL tutoring. Students based outside of the U.S. must provide:

  • A completed application (available online)
  • All necessary financial aid materials
  • Official transcripts from your current school (for the previous two academic years or more)
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers who know you well; one letter must be from an English language teacher or someone else who can evaluate your written and spoken proficiency in the English language
  • Your most recent achievement test scores, if available (e.g., SSAT, TOEFL, TOEFL Jr., etc.)
  • A $100 application fee (payable by check or money order to The Buxton School or online)
  • OPTIONAL: Any supplemental materials that will help us get to know you better, such as samples of your creative writing, poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture and photography; CDs, DVDs or MP3s of musical, theatrical or dance performances; and math or science projects or reports. Anything that you feel truly expresses your unique take on the world is something that we’d like to see.
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Day Students

Buxton day students are actively involved in every aspect of the school – from academics to events to trips – while staying closely connected with their families on a day-to-day basis.

Day students are expected to be on campus as much as possible to fully engage in and experience life at Buxton. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. and students can expect to stay until at least 3:30 p.m., when classes end. During the fall term, day students stay throughout afternoon sports practices and dinner.

During other terms, students may choose to return home between class and dinner but are required to come back to campus for mealtime (though can take one dinner a week ‘off’). Evening study hall is not required unless the student’s academics are suffering. Day students are welcome to stay on campus through our evening ‘snack’ time, from 9 – 10 each weeknight.

Day students are also required on campus for Saturday morning Work Program and Sunday evening dinner.

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Testimonials

  • "Buxton has given me the freedom to be the person I want to be, make the art I want to make, and learn the things I want to learn. At Buxton we learn not only in the classroom, but in the community. We learn how to be good to each other and how to support each other. Buxton has so much to offer students, both inside the classroom and outside of it."
    Sadie
    Sadie Great Barrington, MA
  • “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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