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 an Upper School course in Advanced Molecular Biology, in which our students discovered two previously unknown viruses. We offer dozens of AP and honors courses. 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.
On Friday, February 15, the Global Studies program welcomed recent New York University graduates Shiqin Cao and Linhdan Nguyen. Cao and Nguyen presented their college thesis on intersectionality and cross-cultural identity.
Compliments, words of encouragement, smiles and high fives filled the halls for Kindness Week during the week of February 11, 2019. Middle School students participated in different activities to spread kindness far and wide.
"Ain't I a Woman?" Those four famous words spoken by Sojourner Truth inspired a meaningful presentation that moved a room full of Upper School students, faculty, and staff on Wednesday, February 6. In observation of Black History Month, students enjoyed a performance by actress Shinnerrie Jackson and pianist Byron Sean which honored four African-American women of remarkable achievement and invincible character.