Over 180 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.
Eleven Pennington School seniors were inducted as student members of the School's chapter of the Cum Laude Society on October 19. Students inducted are within the top ten percent of their class, as determined by grade point average, and the School views selection for membership as one of the highest honors it can confer.
Teachers of English Stephanie Cohen and Erin O'Connell and Teacher of Mathematics Len Leib were selected as 2021 University of Chicago Outstanding Educators. The university offers newly admitted students the opportunity to nominate teachers who have made an impact in their lives.
On Wednesday, September 15, Nicholas Cicchetti, a second-year Ph.D. student in radiochemistry at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, presented "Plutonium and Paperwork: A Day in the Lab as a Nuclear Chemist." In this talk, he shared his experience of working in a nuclear laboratory, his current research, and how his career path evolved.