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.
In November, several Pennington Middle School students participated in a qualifying test for the American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC 8). The top seven scorers on the qualifying test went on to represent the School in the contest on November 12. The AMC 8 is a 60-year-old mathematics competition for Middle School students that attracts 350,000 participants annually. The 25-question, 40-minute multiple-choice examination is designed to cultivate the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem-solvers. This year, six eighth-graders and one seventh-grader represented the School. Of those competing, one student received a Gold medal, two earned Silver, and one scored Bronze.
For the 26th consecutive year, the Pennington School community came together to host its annual HomeFront Holiday Party on Saturday, December 14. The Holiday Party is a Pennington tradition; Pennington students and faculty members host guests from HomeFront, a local organization serving those in need in Mercer County.
On December 11, twelve Middle School students in the electives Middle School Singers and Instrumental Lab spread some holiday cheer by performing a number of hit songs for the Hopewell Valley Senior Center. About fifteen senior citizens from the area enjoyed coffee, tea, and snacks while the Middle School students played instrumental music and sung holiday songs.