Upper School

We prepare our high school students to succeed in today's most challenging colleges and universities.
We prepare our high school students to succeed at today's most selective colleges and universities.

True to our mission of challenging all students to seek excellence academically, socially, physically, artistically, and spiritually, we ask our Upper School students to make purposeful progress toward a high level of personal excellence in all areas. Pennington students have many opportunities to develop their talents in art, music and drama. Students who demonstrate a gift and passion for the arts can join a jazz ensemble, learn to throw a pot in an advanced ceramics class, or try out for a lead in one of the theatrical productions. Athletics also provide students of varying abilities and talents chances to learn the fundamentals of basketball or to compete for a state championship on one of our many outstanding and competitive varsity teams. Students work together to help others in service projects, and they learn to think critically about our world and their place in it. Every day, after school and on weekends, the Pennington campus is bustling with student and faculty activities.

The Pennington School prepares students exceptionally well for college and beyond, but we don't believe that the only way to get there is through a four-year, head-down, high school grind. Walk onto our campus and you will quickly feel what our students and families experience every day when they come here: a strong sense of community and acceptance, exceptional school pride and spirit, a warm and truly caring faculty, and an honest appreciation for every individual student.

This is the time in your life to try something new and to test your limits. In order to develop resilience, you sometimes have to take risks. We want you to challenge yourself academically, and we have enough honors and Advanced Placement courses to fully engage your intellect in every discipline. But we also want you to play a team sport or two, to try out for a theatrical production, to learn to play a musical instrument, and to paint or draw or sculpt. Whatever your talents and interests, once you are arrive at the The Pennington School, we can help you engineer new successes and build on previous accomplishments.

The Pennington School is a unique place where students feel immediately at home and are actively involved in their own learning. Here, you'll find the experiences that will build the excellent academic skills, confidence, resilience, and character you will need to succeed in high school, in college, and in life.

Contact Information 
Scott Peeler Dean of Academic Affairs  speeler@pennington.org  609–737–6115
Scott Peeler
Dean of Academic Affairs

Course Catalog 2015–16    


  • Seniors' outing has STEM focus

    Posted November 18, 2015

    On Wednesday, November 4, a group of Pennington students traveled to Princeton University to see a production celebrating 100 years of relativity.

  • Our Peer Leaders are ready for Run for the Cure 2015.

    Run for the Cure has record turnout

    Posted October 18, 2015

    The Pennington School Peer Leaders once again sponsored a 5K run/walk to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure®.

  • Sikh speaker challenges prejudices

    Posted October 7, 2015

    Dr. Prabhjot Singh spoke at The Pennington School on October 6, 2015, as part of the Stephen Crane Lecture Series.

  • Literary magazine wins award

    Posted September 29, 2015

    The 2015 literary magazine, Cross Currents, received a “First Place Award” from the American Scholastic Press Association.

  • Spanish students visit Pennington

    Posted September 25, 2015

    Twelve students from Spain are spending two weeks at The Pennington School on one of this year's international exchange programs.

  • Commencement 2015

    Posted June 6, 2015

    Congratulations to the Class of 2015! For links to images and video from the ceremony, please click Read More.