School history

Dedicated to education for nearly two centuries, we are one of America's oldest private schools.

For a complete history of the School, please click here.

Fast Facts

Welcome to The Pennington School, where you can be yourself, discover new opportunities, and work with a remarkable faculty dedicated to individual excellence. Here is a quick overview:

General Information

Founded in 1838, The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational school serving day and boarding students in grades 6 through 12.

  • Alumni of record: 4,600
  • Total student enrollment: 500
  • Average class size: 13
  • Student/faculty ratio: 6:1
  • Total faculty: 92
  • 73% with advanced degrees
  • 50% live on campus
  • Faculty members average 18 years' experience in their field


The Pennington School is committed to developing individual excellence in all of its students.


54-acre campus located in Pennington, NJ
10 miles from Princeton, NJ
60 miles from New York City
40 miles from Philadelphia

  • Four academic buildings, including the newKenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building. Almost every classroom was renovated in 2016.
  • Meckler Library
  • Campus Center
  • Dining Hall
  • Health Center
  • Sports facilities: indoor swimming pool, wellness center, various sports fields, outdoor tennis courts

Admission/Financial Aid

  • New student applications: 583
  • New students enrolled: 116
  • Students receiving financial aid: 23%

Tuition (2016-17)

  • Middle School Day: $34,300
  • Upper School Day: $36,300
  • Boarding Supplement: $17,650
  • Center for Learning Supplement: $20,200
  • Communication Skills Supplement: $16,050
  • ESL Supplement: $3,150/class
  • Academic/Math Skills Tutorial Supplement (per semester): $2,300


Honors Courses:

English I and II; Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus; Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics; U.S. History, World History; German III and IV; French III and IV; Spanish II, III and IV; Latin III and IV.

Advanced Placement:

English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition; U.S. History, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Government and Politics, European History; Statistics, Calculus AB and BC; Latin, French, German, and Spanish Language and Culture; Physics C, Chemistry, Biology; Art Portfolio, Music Theory, Computer Science A.


Easily accessible by NJ Transit/Amtrak/SEPTA (15-minute drive), and by air (Philadelphia and Newark Airports approximately one-hour drive)

A Methodist Education

The Pennington School is one of ten Methodist-based college-preparatory schools in the United States. The long tradition of Methodist education began with John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, who “championed education as a way to assure that leaders would act ethically and responsibly.” The first Methodist school was the Kingswood School in England, which was founded in 1748 by John Wesley and which The Pennington School still remains connected to today.

A Methodist education asks each student to become the best person he or she can be

  • Recognizing that students develop their full potential when they educate their mind as well as nurture their spirit
  • Providing a quality education that is accessible to all regardless of gender or class
  • Creating leaders who will transform the world
  • Instilling in students a dedication to studies and service
  • Uniting knowledge and piety by fostering communities of faith
  • Partnering rigorous academics with nurturing relationships between students and staff
  • Encouraging students to challenge the values of society and grow into responsible citizens
The Pennington School is proud of its Methodist roots, which complement its commitment to developing individual excellence in all of its students. Weekly non-secular chapel meetings offer all students a dedicated time to gather for reflection and community.

Accreditation and Memberships

Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association, National Association of Independent Schools, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, The College Board, National Association of College Admission Counseling, New Jersey Association of College Admission Counseling, Pennsylvania Association of College Admission Counseling, National Network of Schools in Partnership

The Pennington School admits students of any race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, physical disability, national and ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, employment policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

This information is current as of October 2016.