The Putney SchoolThe Putney School
is an alternative high school
in Putney, Vermont
. Founded in 1935
by Carmelita Hinton, the school is an experiment in progressive education
. In addition to strong college-preparatory academics and music and art, the school's campus is a 500-acre farm on which all of its students work. Many decisions are made collectively by all the students, staff, and faculty in community meetings modelled on the direct democracy of New England
town meetings. The school's educational program has emphasized the value of labor, art, community, and scholarship for individual growth since its founding.