Welcome to The Pennington School, where you can be yourself, take risks, and discover new opportunities.
- The cupola on top of historic Old Main is a symbol of the School.
A diverse community of students
in grades 6–12
- Our boarding students arrive from across the U.S. and the world.
What do students from New Jersey,
New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, South Korea, Cameroon, Taiwan, India,
and Germany have in common? They are all part of The Pennington School, a
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
nurturing community that embraces differences and celebrates individual
expression. Our school is a place where you can immerse yourself in academics,
the arts, athletics, and service, and it is a place you can call home – since boarding
students comprise over 20 percent of the student body.
The head, the hand, and the heart
In front of the Meckler Library, three benches display the words “Humility, Virtue, and Honor” – a phrase
created by Pennington’s legendary headmaster, Francis Harvey Green. This phrase
has come to symbolize all that a Pennington education represents. We work hard
to make sure that our students become good and well-educated young adults who
will go on to become leaders who are globally aware, work collaboratively, think
critically, 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. Now more than ever, the value of an independent school
education cannot be underestimated; our students must be prepared for the
challenges of a rapidly-changing world.
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 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 and how every moment at Pennington
becomes a teaching moment.
Visit us or inquire online today
While no Web site can accurately
reproduce all that happens in a vibrant community like Pennington, I hope that
your virtual visit will make you want to learn more about us. Come to
Pennington, experience our beautiful surroundings, and meet with our welcoming
admission staff and student campus guides. Afterwards, enjoy a stroll through
the adjacent downtown area – and historic, tree-lined village boasting an
eclectic mix of restaurants and shops. We look forward to meeting you.
Stephanie G. "Penny" Townsend
Head of School