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.

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Scott Peeler
Dean of Academic Affairs

speeler@pennington.org
609–737–6115

Course Catalog 2015–16    

News

  • Student work to be published by Arts Council of Princeton

    Posted May 20, 2015

    Two students will have their literary work published by the Arts Council of Princeton in their annual art and literary magazine, aMUSE.

  • Model UN members Nancy Santarsiero '16 (left) and Audrey Plimpton '16 served on a committee representing the Czech Republic.

    Pennington Model UN wraps up productive year

    Posted May 20, 2015

    It has been a productive year for Pennington’s Model UN club, which attends three UN conferences each year. Model UN conferences are simulations of the United Nations, with each school representing a nation on a range of committees tackling global issues.

  • Students shine in poetry recitation contest

    Posted May 18, 2015

    Nine Pennington School students competed in the annual Orlando Saa Foreign Language Poetry Recitation Contest at William Paterson University on May 14, and two came home with honors recognition.

  • Jet Learn facilitates cultural exchange for AP students

    Posted May 7, 2015

    With the help of David Wan ’16 and Cathy Xu ’17 and their new organization, Jet Learn, students in the Advanced Placement German Language and Culture class recently conducted a videoconference with students in Aachen, Germany, for the purpose of gathering cultural information in preparation for their AP exam.