Buxton School is a private, coeducational, college preparatory, and boarding and day school for grades 9–12 located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, US. As of the 2015-2016 school year, the school had a student body of 78 students.[1]

Buxton School
291 South St

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United States
School typePrivate, college-preparatory school
Established1928; 91 years ago (1928)
FounderEllen Geer Sangster
DirectorFranny Shuker-Haines
Teaching staff22.0 (FTE) (2015-16)[1]
Enrollment78 (2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio3.5∶1 (2015-16)[1]
Campus size150 acres (0.61 km2)
Campus typeRural
Color(s)     Green
Athleticsbasketball • skiing • snowboarding • cross-country skiing • ice-skating • ultimate Frisbee • mountain biking • yoga • hiking • tennis • softball • soccer • volleyball • running[2]
Last updated: March 18, 2019; 6 months ago (2019-03-18)
The Main House at Buxton.
Students at Buxton participating in work program.


The school was founded by Ellen Geer Sangster in 1928 as a coeducational country day school in Short Hills, New Jersey. In 1947, the high school was moved to Sangster's family estate in Williamstown, and formed anew as a boarding school. Nineteen students and many faculty followed Sangster from the New Jersey school to the nascent boarding school in Williamstown. The primary and middle school stayed in Short Hills as the newly formed Far Brook School.


Available classes include: English, French, Spanish, American History, Ancient Greece and Rome, Sociology, World Religions, Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Multivariable calculus, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Health, Marine Biology, Physics, The Practice of Poetry, Writing: Daily Themes, Drama, Music, Ceramics, Photography, Printmaking, Studio Art, Video Production, and more.[3]

If students are interested in a subject that is not offered as a class, they can initiate an independent study with a faculty member relevant to their subject, or a teacher from outside. Private music lessons are offered. More advanced students have the opportunity to take more advanced science and math courses at Williams College, which is a few miles away.

Requirements for graduation are based on a credit system:

Sixteen credits are required for graduation, which include 4 years of English and a year of American history. Students are also counseled to complete a minimum of 3 years of mathematics, 2 years of social science, 2 years of laboratory science, and a minimum of 3 years of a foreign language. In addition, students are strongly encouraged to pursue courses in the arts.

— Buxton School Website: Academics Overview


The grade system is based on report conferences. Students are given grades for the purposes of college, but they are not allowed to see them until they are relevant to the students' college application process. Feedback from teachers is in the form of report letters and report conferences. Conversations and written assessments are used to give the teacher and student a full understating of the student's performance in the class.[5][6]


Buxton occupies 150 acres (0.61 km2) of New England meadow and forest in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Buildings on campus include the Main House, a girls' dorm, and where meals are served; The Boys' Dorm, affectionately called "The Barn" due to its history as a barn; The Classroom Building, which houses most of the classrooms on campus; the Arts complex which includes buildings for Photography, Studio Art, Music, and Ceramics; The Theater; The Library; and faculty houses.[5]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for BUXTON SCHOOL". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "Student Life — Athletics — Buxton". buxtonschool.org. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  3. ^ "Academics — Curriculum — Buxton". www.buxtonschool.org. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  4. ^ "Academics — Overview — Buxton". buxtonschool.org. Retrieved January 22, 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Buxton School admissions viewbook". Archived from the original on March 12, 2016. Retrieved December 9, 2015.
  6. ^ "Buxton School Profile".
  7. ^ "You May Not Know His Name, but This Actor's Work Was Unforgettable". www.lifezette.com. August 11, 2017. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  8. ^ "Princess Yasmin Aga Khan Engaged to Basil Embiricos". The New York Times. April 26, 1985. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  9. ^ Smith, Jenn (April 7, 2015). "Williamstown's Buxton School hosts talk by Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin". The Berkshire Eagle. New England Newspapers Inc. Retrieved March 18, 2019 – via www.berkshireeagle.com.
  10. ^ "Meet Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston's new man". USA Today. Gannett. June 6, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2019 – via usatoday30.usatoday.com.
  11. ^ "Duncan Tonatiuh Smith-Hernandez '03". buxtonschool.org. The Buxton School. Retrieved March 18, 2019.

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