The Athletic program at Buxton is one of the areas in which our philosophy of inclusive learning and experience really shines. The key tenets include:
- Any student can join any team and participate in whatever way they choose (for instance practicing but opting out of games).
- In the fall term, all students are encouraged to play soccer (though an alternative sport program is available for those who are uninterested in the sport). Soccer teams are divided by gender.
- We compete in an athletic league with similar schools that share our passion and values, including The Academy at Charlemont, Berkshire County Day School, Darrow School, Deerfield Academy, Hoosac School, Northfield Mount Hermon School and The Putney School.
- Competitive sports are not mandatory but regular, outdoor activity is expected of everyone.
Winter sports include basketball (V), skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing and ice-skating.
Spring sports include ultimate Frisbee, mountain biking, yoga, hiking, tennis, softball, soccer, volleyball and running.
The school’s athletic resources include a weight room, two playing fields, an outdoor basketball court and skating ponds.
Additionally, Buxton is situated next to a thousand acres of undeveloped forest and meadow, providing easy access to trails for hiking and biking. Horseback riding classes can be arranged.
Buxton also takes interested students skiing and snowboarding at local mountain Jiminy Peak three times a week during the winter term. Ski passes are included in tuition.
"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.”