Academics

175 Years of Excellence in Education

Our teachers are engaging and informative; our academics are second to none.
Our teachers are engaging and informative; our academics are second to none.

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 believe that “one size fits all” should not 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. Bell compare notes in the dining hall over lunch.
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 as a Way of Living

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.