Day and Boarding; Grades 6-12


Welcome to The Pennington School!

Be yourself, discover new opportunities, and work with a remarkable faculty dedicated to your individual excellence.

General Information

Founded in 1838, The Pennington School is a private (independent), coeducational school serving day and boarding students in grades 6 through 12.

Alumni of record: 4,700+
Total student enrollment: 525
Average class size: 13
Student/faculty ratio: 6:1
Total faculty: 92
73% with advanced degrees
50% live on campus
Faculty members average 18 years' experience in their field


The Pennington School is committed to developing individual excellence in all of its students.

Admission/Financial Assistance

New student applications: 850+ (2018-19)
New students enrolled: 135 (2019)

Students receiving financial assistance: 30% (2018–19)

Tuition (2020–21)

Middle School, Day: $40,200
Upper School, Day: $43,300

Boarding Supplement: $21,000
Cervone Center for Learning Supplement: $19,100 or $24,000 (based on the level of need as determined by the Cervone Center)
Academic Skills/Math Skills Tutorial: $2,750/semester

ELL: $3,000/semester


Honors Courses:

Literary Forms, American Identities; Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus; Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics; U.S. History, World History; German III and IV; French III and IV; Spanish II, III and IV; Latin III and IV.

Advanced Placement Courses:

English Literature and Composition, English Language and Composition; U.S. History, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Government and Politics, European History; Statistics, Calculus AB and BC; Latin, French, German, and Spanish Language and Culture; Physics C, Chemistry, Biology; Art Portfolio, Music Theory, Computer Science A.


The Pennington School is proud of its long history of diversity and inclusion. With strong Methodist roots, we first welcomed women on campus in 1853, and our first international students arrived back in 1890. From the year of the School's launch in 1838, students from all religious, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds have found Pennington a warm and welcoming place to learn and live. In 1975, the Edmund V. Cervone Center for Learning was founded to address the academic needs of bright students with learning disabilities. This pioneering program has become a model for other similar programs around the world and continues at the forefront of education in the United States.

Dedicated to educating a diverse student population for nearly two centuries, we are one of America's oldest private schools. Read a complete history of our School

Campus and Facilities

55-acre campus located in Pennington, NJ

10 miles from Princeton, NJ
60 miles from New York City
40 miles from Philadelphia

Four academic buildings, including the new Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities building. Almost every classroom was renovated in 2016.

Other campus features:

Meckler Library
Campus Center/Student Center with Snack Bar and Campus Store
Silva Gallery of Art
Diane T. McLarty "Black Box" Theater
Dining Hall (expanded in 2018-19)
Makerspace, fully equipped with tools for engineering
Health Center with five beds; staffed 24/7
Sports facilities include: aquatic center with indoor pool, wellness center, numerous sports fields, artificial turf field, track, outdoor tennis courts


Pennington, NJ was named the best town for families in New Jersey in 2015. The School's campus is less than a five minute walk from historic downtown Pennington, with its multitude of restaurants, pharmacies, banks, hair salons and barber shops, retail businesses, and many services. Pennington is easily accessible by NJ Transit/Amtrak/SEPTA trains and buses (15-minute drive), and by air (Philadelphia and Newark Airports approximately one-hour drive).

A Methodist Education

The Pennington School is one of only ten Methodist-based college-preparatory schools in the United States. The long tradition of Methodist education began with John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, who “championed education as a way to assure that leaders would act ethically and responsibly.” The first Methodist school was the Kingswood School in England, which was founded in 1748 by John Wesley and which The Pennington School still remains connected to today.

A Methodist education asks each student to become the best person he or she can be by:

Recognizing that students develop their full potential when they educate their mind as well as nurture their spirit
Providing a quality education that is accessible to all regardless of gender or class
Creating leaders who will transform the world
Instilling in students a dedication to studies and service
Uniting knowledge and piety by fostering communities of faith
Partnering rigorous academics with nurturing relationships between students and teachers
Encouraging students to challenge the values of society and grow into responsible citizens

The Pennington School is proud of its Methodist roots, which complement its commitment to developing individual excellence in all of its students. Weekly nonsectarian chapel meetings offer all students a dedicated time to gather for reflection and community.

Accreditation and Memberships

The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education, The College Board, Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association, Independent Curriculum Group, National Association of College Admission Counseling, National Association of Independent Schools, National Network of Schools in Partnership, New Jersey Association of College Admission Counseling, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, and Pennsylvania Association of College Admission Counseling.

The Pennington School admits students of any race, religion, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, physical disability, national and ethnic origin, or sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and financial aid programs, employment policies, and athletic and other school-administered programs.