Student Life

Whether a day school or boarding student, everyone has plenty of time to both study and socialize.
Whether a day school or boarding student, everyone has plenty of time after studying and athletic activities to develop their interpersonal and community service skills.

At The Pennington School, educational excellence comes first.

But we strongly believe that, to succeed in the world, our students also need to develop the ability to bond well with others and greet new experiences within their peer groups or greater community with both purpose and passion.

Students sign up participants for a local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® fundraiser.
Students sign up participants for a local Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® fundraiser.

That is why we offer every middle school and upper school student countless opportunities to join in weekend activities, student leadership, clubs, community service, and much more.

Whether a day student or a boarding student, all are invited—and expected—to participate in one or more of these important portals into personal growth moments that can build memories and friends that will last a lifetime.

The best colleges and universities also expect these life skills

Beyond the importance of these activities within our own value system, the top U.S. and international educational institutions also look for motivated, well-rounded young adults to include within the pool of students they choose to admit.

Make no mistake about it: A student's résumé of school activities and community volunteer work are integral—along with his or her grades—to the educational placement of that student upon graduation from our School.

Spring Break Trips

For information about these trips, click below:


Spain

Spring Break, March 2014. This language trip, led by Foreign Language Department Chair Lida Castro, will be a homestay exchange opportunity for students to live with a family in Madrid and attend classes at our sister school there, Colegio Jesus Maria. For more information, email Señora Castro at lcastro@pennington.org.

Nicaragua

Chaplain Aaron Twitchell will be the faculty chaperone for a service trip to Nicaragua during Spring Break, March 8–17, 2014. Participants will live with a local family, spend time in service to children in need, and learn about the country, culture and ecosystem of Nicaragua. For more information about this exciting opportunity, please contact Director of Global Studies and International Student ServicesLaura Desai at 609–737–6155 or ldesai@pennington.org.

Hamburg

Students interested in traveling to Hamburg, Germany, during Spring Break 2014 should contact faculty guide and chaperone Peter Chase at pchase@pennington.org to learn more. The trip promises to be a wonderful educational, cultural, and language experience.

Kentucky

Students looking for an opportunity to offer others service in a domestic setting may want to consider going to Frakes, Kentucky, this Spring Break 2014 with Mr. Thomas Liwosz. The trip enables participants to increase their circle of friends while sharing their time and service with others in need. For more information email Mr. Liwosz at tliwosz@pennington.org

Haiti

This Upper School service trip will be led by Mr. Blair Thompson and in conjunction with the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, this trip will offer the participants the opportunity to engage in service in a beautiful country which is desperately in need of assistance. The trip will be March 11-16, 2014 and for more information please contact Director of Global Studies, Ms. Laura Desai - ldesai@pennington.org

Florida (Golf)

This trip open to members of the Golf team will be led by Mr. Tom Horsely and will occur during the Spring Break 2014. It offers participants the opportunity to travel to Florida and practice and improve their golf skills. For more information contact Thorsely@penington.org

Florida (Lacrosse)

This opportunity enables female lacrosse players to travel to Florida over spring break to practice and improve their lacrosse skills. If you are interested in participating contact Lacrosse coach, Mrs. Wendy Morris at WMorris@pennington.org

Florida (Baseball)

This opportunity enables baseball players to travel to Florida over spring break to practice and improve their baseball skills. If you are interested in participating contact Mrs. Kathleen Richardson - krichardson@pennington.org or Mr. Matt Lapolla - MLapolla@pennington.org