When families visit The Greenwood School, they will quickly find themselves immersed in a rural environment: traveling along dirt roads bordered by a forest of trees, passing by quaint Vermont farms, neighbors on horseback, and often there are runners, content to leave technology at home while they traverse forested trails.
The Greenwood School opened its doors to young boys in the fall of 1978, and for the last forty years we have been educating students who are navigating the world of language-based learning challenges. These boys, ranging in age from 12 -18, are some of the most curious, adventurous and compassionate human beings I have ever had the good fortune to know. Their personal journeys in past educational settings may have been met with obstacles, and yet, arriving on our campus, they are embraced by our community; apprehension and fear quickly disappear. Greenwood welcomes students to campus who bring a spirit of commitment and dedication. A Greenwood student is courageous, self-reliant, and hardworking, traits which will support them as they embark on their life journey into adulthood.
Our location in southern Vermont, surrounded by 100 acres and bordered by rivers and mountains, makes this a perfect locale for students who thrive on experiential learning. Our learners embrace the rural, outdoor setting and learn to demonstrate great respect for the natural world. Greenwood invites students to rediscover the joy that learning can bring.
We view the Greenwood experience as a stepping stone. Each student is on their own path of development, and we work tirelessly to respond not only to the individual needs of each student, but also to the changing dynamics of the world in which we live.
Please allow us to open our front door and welcome you inside this wonderfully rich and caring community. We know that choosing the right school for your son is critically important. Greenwood’s warm, family-like atmosphere is a home away from home. Greenwood is a place where your son will not only succeed, but thrive.
Anne E. Swayze Head of School
The Greenwood School is a small college preparatory boarding and day school in Vermont for students with language based learning differences in grades 6-12. Students join us from across the United States and around the globe, from as far away as Singapore to Spain.
Day students are welcome to join us for breakfast or stay late for dinner and study hall. Day students are also invited to participate in after class programming and to spend weekends on campus with their friends.
Founded in 1978 in rural Putney, VT, the Greenwood School’s small enrollment and non-institutional environment provide parents and students a clear alternative to larger, clinically-modeled schools, and to mainstream schools that have added hours of outside remedial tutoring and support programs to their standard curricula.
Parenting is important for all youth, and especially our younger students. We do our best to make Greenwood a home away from home for everyone, nurturing a true partnership in the school family. Many of us live with the students and are all on a first name basis, setting the tone for a more relaxed and authentic communication within our community.
When you come on campus you'll see students visiting with faculty and administrators, playing with dogs and enjoying the outdoors on bikes, skateboards, kayaks, skis and snowboards. Our gym, hiking & biking trails, climbing walls, STEAM lab, woodshop, and music and art studios, are humming with activity.
Greenwood awakens talent in young students who have not yet found success in traditional schools due to the following:
specific language-based learning differences such as dyslexia
executive function challenges
ADD or ADHD
written expression weaknesses
math difficulties such as dyscalculia
Our program is highly structured in order to help students with learning differences develop the self-discipline necessary for independent study. At the same time, the school’s overall atmosphere is familial, understanding, and supportive.