Over 175 years of excellence in education
We offer a vigorous and challenging college preparatory curriculum. It begins with a wide-ranging curriculum in Middle School and includes 40 Upper School AP and honors courses to challenge even the most ambitious students. Our teachers are experts in their subjects, and they are experts in presenting their material in ways to support a variety of learning styles. Technology is an integral part of the classroom experience, and constant collaboration between students makes learning an active process for everyone.
The Pennington difference
We don't think that “one size fits all” should apply to the classroom. We approach students as individuals, meet them where they are when they arrive at Pennington, and move them forward so that they can reach their academic goals and full potential as learners. Our teachers are deeply committed to their students’ success.
Our classes are small. Students and teachers know each other very well. And although you will be challenged to do your best work here, help is always available. Because so many of our faculty live on campus, teachers are easy to find after school and in the evenings. There are supervised study hours in the library every midweek night, and specialized help with writing assignments, math, and science is also there when you need it.
Learning beyond the classroom
Learning happens outside the classroom, too. Your teachers are also your coaches and your advisors. Every interaction, resource, and experience is a learning opportunity. We want you to take some risks, try something new, and be creative with your education here. The arts, athletics, and service are just as important as academic excellence, and we want you to try them all. Test your limits, explore as much as you can, and you will build the resilience, self-confidence, and character you will need to succeed all your life.
After thousands of practices and nearly 800 games, the Pennington School's turf field has been extensively upgraded. The original turf field, named for recently retired longtime faculty member Tom Liwosz, was purchased second-hand in 2009 from the New York Jets training facility. Ever since, the field has been an essential resource for Pennington's athletics program and home to some of our School's most honored annual traditions and community celebrations. It is a place where our students, families, alumni, and friends joyfully come together and share their Pennington pride.
The Girls in STEM club recently won the grand prize in the Lemonade Stand Contest, a competition by Whalebone Magazine and Faherty Brand designed to kickstart projects and small business. Girls in STEM's winning entry was a proposal for their hybrid sanitary napkin project.
Beatrix Kim '23 won third place in the 2021 Fighting Words Poetry Contest, an international Pulitzer Center competition for students in grades K–12. Kim's poem, "when we are at sea," was selected from over 725 entries from eleven countries and twenty states. In addition to a cash prize, Kim's poem is featured on the Pulitzer Center website.