Our students are kept busy through an ever-changing calendar of events, excursions and activities. Students of any degree of interest and ability are urged to take part, and everyone is counted on to support each other’s efforts — as co-participant, audience member or encouraging friend.
Each Friday, students organize a school-wide event–anything from capture the flag, a mad tea party, or a Buxton cooking competition. Weekends are a time for both reflection, connection, and enrichment. Each weekend the faculty offer trips to the many cultural attractions in the area.
Each term, Buxton hosts a “project day,” where students can devote a whole day to a personal project of their choice. Past student projects have included painting murals in the Main House, making wooden benches for the soccer fields, putting on a play in a day, working in Buxton’s herb garden, and more!
Throughout the year at Buxton, there are a number of special events and celebrations. We start and end each year with picnics at local parks and lakes. In the fall, the seniors plan a surprise Mountain Day where, instead of going to class, the whole school goes on a hike on a local mountain with a picnic at the summit. Before Winter Break, there is a school-wide secret gift exchange over the course of the week, culminating in a Holiday Party where the final, and most extravagant, hand-made gifts are exchanged. In the spring, Buxton hosts a spring dance, Spring Thing. And throughout the year, there are student-led celebrations for Halloween, Valentine’s Day, Earth Day and more!
It is incredibly easy for students (and faculty!) at Buxton to create and run clubs, and to receive support from the school. Some of our current and long-running clubs and student organizations include:
- POC Union
- Jewish Student Union
- AAPI Union
- Activism Club
- Math Team
- Knitting Club
- Fermentation Club
- Dungeons and Dragons Club
- Mutual Aid Club
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Founded in 1928, Buxton is a small, progressive, four-year college-preparatory boarding and day school in Western Massachusetts.
"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."
“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.”
“Living your education means to not only learn things, but to use what you learn in your everyday life.”
“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.”
“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.”
“To me, at Buxton, it’s not boundaries that you make, but the ones you break through.”
“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.”
“At Buxton you can experience your intellectual development in a community that accepts your perspective of the world.”
“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.”
“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.”