About Us

Welcome to The Pennington School, where you can be yourself, take risks, and discover new opportunities.

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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 come from throughout the U.S. and around the world.
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.


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.