175 Years of Excellence in Education
We offer a vigorous and challenging college preparatory curriculum. It
begins with two years of Latin in Middle School and includes an Upper School
course in Advanced Molecular Biology, in which our students discovered two
previously unknown viruses. We offer dozens of AP and
honors courses. Our teachers are experts in their subjects, and they are
experts in presenting their material in ways to support a variety of learning
styles. Technology is an integral part of the classroom
experience, and constant collaboration between students makes learning an
active process for everyone.
The Pennington Difference
We don't think that “one size fits all” should apply to the classroom. We
approach students as individuals, meet them where they are when they arrive at
Pennington, and move them forward so that they can reach their academic goals
and full potential as learners. Our
teachers are deeply committed to their students’ success.
Ms. O'Connell and Ms. Stern-Leaphart compare notes in the dining hall over lunch.
Our classes are small. Students and teachers know each other very well. And
although you will be challenged to do your best work here, help is always
available. Because so many of our faculty live on campus, teachers are easy to
find after school and in the evenings. There are supervised study hours in the
library every midweek night, and specialized help with writing assignments,
math, and science is also there when you need it.
Learning beyond the classroom
Learning happens outside the classroom, too. Your teachers are also your
coaches and your advisors. Every interaction, resource, and experience is a
learning opportunity. We want you to take some risks, try something new, and be
creative with your education here. The arts, athletics, and service are just as
important as academic excellence, and we want you to try them all. Test your
limits, explore as much as you can, and you will build the resilience,
self-confidence, and character you will need to succeed all your life.