Welcome to The Pennington School!
Be yourself, discover new opportunities, and work with a remarkable faculty dedicated to your individual excellence.
Founded in 1838, The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational school serving day and boarding students in grades 6 through 12.Alumni of record: 4,600
Total student enrollment: 510
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 AidNew student applications: 721 (2016)
Middle School Day: $34,300
Upper School Day: $36,300
Boarding Supplement: $17,650
Center for Learning Supplement: $20,200
Communication Skills Supplement: $16,050
ESL Supplement: $3,150/class
Academic/Math Skills Tutorial Supplement (per semester): $2,300
English I and II; 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. 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. For a complete history of our School, please click here.
Campus and Facilities54-acre campus located in Pennington, NJ
Four academic buildings, including the new Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities building. Almost every classroom was renovated in 2016.
Other campus features:
Campus Center/Student Center
Silva Gallery of Art
Diane T. McLarty "Black Box" Theater
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 EducationThe 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:
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 non-secular chapel meetings offer all students a dedicated time to gather for reflection and community.
Accreditation and Memberships
Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association, National Association of Independent Schools, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, The College Board, National Association of College Admission Counseling, New Jersey Association of College Admission Counseling, Pennsylvania Association of College Admission Counseling, National Network of Schools in Partnership, Independent Curriculum Group
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.