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.
There is almost no limit to what you can do at Buxton, but a brief (and incomplete) listing includes:
- Studio arts, ceramics and photography (film and digital)
- Music, including chamber ensembles, orchestra, choral activities, vocal groups, drumming and percussion, theory and composition
- Dance, including West African, Afro-Caribbean, modern and traditional types – both individual and group
- Drama, including three full-length plays per year and the chance to more fully participate via a ‘drama minor’ – a group that manages our dramatic events
- Creative writing
Each Friday, we come together as a school to enjoy a creative activity organized by the student-run Recreation Committee. Ranging from ‘skit night’ to a campus-wide game of Capture the Flag to a dance party, our Fridays are never mundane – and always a good time to reconnect, blow off steam and have a blast.
Throughout the week, students also participate in causes and groups that speak to their individual interests.
Fall Arts Weekend / Spring Arts Weekend
Twice a year, Buxton invites families to experience first-hand our esteemed arts programs and the incredible accomplishments of our students. These weekends are special times, filled with displays of studio art, photography and ceramics displays as well as live performances of dance, music and drama.
Weekends also include tours, Q&As and academic panel discussions. All current and prospective parents are welcome to attend.
Our students are invited to attend any number of excursions throughout the school year, from a Friday night trip to a bowling alley and outings to local movie theaters on Saturday nights to weekly figure drawing classes at Williams College and thrice-weekly trips to a local ski mountain during the winter. Buxton also arranges regular trips to New York City, Boston, and Albany for the students to attend art openings, theater productions, museums visits, and academic lectures.
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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.”