The Greenwood School is a small college preparatory boarding and day school in Vermont for boys with diagnosed learning disabilities 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 boys.  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 boys 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, workshop, and music and art studios, are humming with activity. 

Greenwood awakens talent in young men with complex learning profiles who have not yet found themselves in traditional school environments due to the following learning disabilities:                                                          
  • dyslexia
  • specific language-based learning disabilities and/or learning differences (LD)
  • receptive language and/or expressive language deficits
  • deficits in executive function
  • attention deficit disorders such as ADD or ADHD
  • disorders of written expression
  • dysgraphia
  • speech and language needs
Our program is highly structured in order to help students with learning disabilities and/or learning differences (LD) 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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  • Alan Katz, 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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  • Deb Bailey - Brattleboro, VT >

    • My son, Marshall, attended Greenwood from 2004-2008. I have been serving on the board since 2007. I accepted this role to give back for all that Greenwood has done for my son and to help in maintaining the mission that was created then and ensuring it continues in the future. Greenwood built the foundation for which my son lives by. He grew into a happy, independent adult doing what he loves and loves what he's doing. What parent could ask for more. Greenwood is an extraordinary place and Marshall continues to visit the campus with pride.
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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 will graduate 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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  • Ed Gale - 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 thevery best for their sons.
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  • Edward Gottlieb - Lawrence, NY >

    • Our son, Eric, attended Greenwood from 2005 to 2009.  He was 12 years old when he arrived as a frustrated non-reader. Eric struggled in public and private schools because of his learning disabilities. Greenwood, was the catalyst for Eric's transformation; he became an incredibly smart, caring, and dynamic young man who loves to learn. Eric graduated from Greenwood, moved onto high school and then graduated from Adelphi University, Summa Cum Laude. Presently, he is pursuing a master's degree in finance at Suffolk University in Boston.                                                                                           
    • Although it's been over a decade since we found The Greenwood School, it is unimaginable for us to think of where we might be today without it. Stefanie and I are forever grateful to the faculty, staff and administration. I joined the board of trustees in 2009, hoping that I might be able to give back to the school that has done so much for our entire family.
     
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  • Olivia Metzger Penizotto - Morristown, NJ >

    • My son, Drew, came to Greenwood after we pulled him out of school in the Spring from his school in NJ. Having started in 7th grade and he is currently thriving and loving his freshman year. There is no question that Greenwood has changed the course of Drew’s life. If only every child who learns differently could be afforded this opportunity. Greenwood is a unique and amazing place. The community is like a family. I am thankful for the opportunity to help it continue to thrive.
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  • Richard Murphy - Rosemont, IL >

    • When my son Patrick was in first grade, his teacher approached my wife Mary Beth and me and said that Patrick was showing some learning challenges that she had not seen with his three older brothers. We both listened carefully but felt that Patrick could eventually work through these concerns by using the schools resources. As the years progressed, we found these challenges became more profound and Patrick became increasingly frustrated.
    • At the urging of a friend, we met with a Clinical Psychologist who performed a detailed evaluation of Patrick. Her conclusion was that Patrick was dealing with significant dyslexia, dysgraphia and executive function deficits. Furthermore, she warned that if we did not modify Patrick’s educational course, the differences between Patrick and his peers would only get larger and more frustrating.
    • One of the suggestions offered during our consultations was enrolling Patrick in a boarding school that dealt with these issues. We pointed out that we were in one of the best school districts in Illinois and clearly they had the resources. In addition, we were not sending our 11 year old away from home and his family. Ultimately, we agreed to go look at a number of schools which were all located out east.
    • Greenwood was the last school we visited that day and when we got back into the car and asked Patrick what he thought he responded “so there is actually a place where I can learn?” My wife and I looked at each other and knew we had no choice.
    • Patrick was at Greenwood for three years. It wasn’t always easy for him or for his family. But the framework, friendships and confidence he gained during those three years changed him forever. He was always intelligent, thoughtful and funny, but Greenwood provided him a framework for learning and a confidence for self-advocacy that has shaped his life in so many ways.
    • Patrick went on to graduate from high school and is now a climbing guide living in Wyoming. More importantly, he is happy, confident and ready to deal with whatever life brings his way.
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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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