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
  • dysgraphia
  • 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.

Trustees, Personal Stories

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  • Ed Gale-President-Santa Fe, NM

    • Maria and I made our first visit to The Greenwood School in May 2016. We had exhausted the educational resources available for Peter in New Mexico and Maria and I were looking for a school anywhere in the country that could help our son Peter learn and have an opportunity to achieve his potential.                               
    • Discovering Greenwood and watching our son make progress after years of frustration has been deeply gratifying. We have felt a tremendous sense of relief this year and feel that Peter is in the right place. Greenwood has given us hope for our son as his challenges are met in a caring and nurturing environment.     
    • I am honored to have the opportunity to serve on the Greenwood Board of Trustees and help advance the mission of The Greenwood School. Greenwood is a special place and I look forward to helping build a great future for the school and opportunity for families who want the very best for their sons.
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  • Maria Alfonso-Madrid, Spain

    • Since 2013, I have had three children studying at The Greenwood School. Currently one son is enrolled: Pablo joined in 2017. In June of 2017, my eldest son, Alex, graduated with his High School Diploma from The Greenwood School.                                                       
    • Greenwood applies a methodology that helps children with learning problems and gives them a chance in life. My experience at Greenwood with two children, and now with a third, is that with a personalized education, they have been instilled with an interest in learning and have obtained skills to overcome their difficulties. Consequently, they are children with high self-esteem and with the confidence to be able to approach the opportunities presented to them.                                         
    • My participation on the board is to contribute my knowledge concerning the direction of companies and strategies. I also wish to pay back what society has given us.
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  • Alan Katz-Vice President-LA, CA

    • My son attended Greenwood from 2009-to-2012 and I’ve served on the Board since 2010.  Greenwood had a profound impact on my son’s life. It was the place he came into his own, honed his commitment to community service and developed his love of travel (he’s received college credit for classes taken on five continents and counting). Serving on the board is my way of paying back and paying forward for what Greenwood has meant to my family and to hundreds of families like ours.
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  • David J. Benjack-Norfolk, VA

    • I became part of the Greenwood community several years ago when my son began school there as a high school sophomore. After watching my son mature as a student and make steady progress in his course work, it was clear that I needed to give back to the school that enabled my son to succeed. When asked to serve, I did not hesitate. And now as a senior, my son is preparing to apply to colleges. Although my wife and I were always hopeful that he would one day go to college, we were never certain he could reach that level. Greenwood has transformed him into a student that takes his work seriously and understands the way he learns. I am so pleased to be able to serve on the board and help in any way I can.
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  • Scott Breig-Westport, CT

    • I first became involved with Greenwood when my son Bennett started at the school in the Fall of 2012.  He has spent 5 wonderful and enriching years at the school and graduated in the Spring of 2017. During his time at Greenwood he literally grew from a boy into a young man; one who is academically more confident and capable as well as a young man who developed his sense of community mindedness and personal independence.                                            
    • The learning and personal growth that goes on at Greenwood in every setting and every experience that the boys encounter is truly a gift and my desire to give back to the school is a direct result of their gift to our family.  Serving on the Board is my way of being able to not only say “thank you” to Greenwood but also my way of helping ensure that the gifts of Greenwood are available for families like ours well into the future.
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  • Haruko Shino-River Forest, IL

    • My son attended Greenwood from 2008-2013 starting when he was 10 years old. During these years, he learned to read, write, and do math, but more importantly he grew and became a kind, empathetic friend and leader. The teachers and staff at Greenwood were his role models. They were patient and had a positive outlook as they worked with him and the other boys. I have served on the board since 2012 as I am truly grateful for their commitment and hard work.
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  • Steve Wilkins-Lincoln, MA

    • My career as an educator of children with language based learning difficulties was launched forward by a year on the Greenwood faculty in 1979-1980 where I worked with Caryl Frankenberger-- both of us as young teachers. I have always remembered that year as a model for just how much impact education can make on students. We didn't just teach, but we also raised those boys with love and discipline. It is an honor to try to give back to Greenwood by serving on the Board of Trustees.
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