About Us

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

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Creative, hard-working, enthusiastic students in grades 6–12 

The Pennington School is a wonderfully diverse community of creative, inquisitive, and enthusiastic learners in grades six through twelve. If you enjoy challenges and are open to new experiences, you will find that Pennington is a place where you can be yourself, in a warm and nurturing community that embraces differences and celebrates individual expression. At Pennington, you can immerse yourself in an excellent academic program while exploring the arts, athletics, and community service. And it is a place you can call home if you wish – since international and domestic boarding students comprise over 20 percent of the student body.

Developing strong habits of mind

Now, more than ever, students must be prepared for the challenges of a rapidly-changing world. In front of the Meckler Library, three benches display the words “Honor, Virtue, and Humility” – a phrase created by Pennington’s legendary headmaster, Francis Harvey Green. This phrase encapsulates all that a Pennington education represents. We work hard to make sure that our students become ethical and well-educated young adults: people who are globally aware, work collaboratively, think critically and communicate effectively, and who are engaged in their communities. Ours is a community built on mutual responsibility and trust, where personal ethics and moral behavior are emphasized.

Over 175 Years of Excellence in Education 

Since 1838 The Pennington School has been educating and mentoring our students, encouraging them to become their best selves and to lead a life of service and integrity. In the classrooms, in the art studios, on the playing fields, and in the dormitories, a talented, passionate, and empathetic faculty continually engages with students in meaningful and purposeful ways. Walk through any academic building, take a seat in the dining hall, or stand at the sidelines of an athletic contest and you will witness how positively students and adults interact with each other. The Pennington difference is this warm and collaborative relationship between our students and our faculty.

Visit us or inquire online today

I hope that your virtual visit will make you want to learn more about us, since no web site can fully demonstrate all that happens in a vibrant community like ours. Come to The Pennington School for a personal visit and tour, experience our beautiful campus, and meet our welcoming admission staff and student campus guides.

I look forward to meeting you.


William S. Hawkey, Ph.D.

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William S. Hawkey, Ph.D.

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




Nondiscrimination Statement

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.