Day and Boarding; Grades 6-12

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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.

Academics News

Civil Rights and Liberties students present CRAL Talks

The seniors in Jason Harding’s Civil Rights and Liberties (CRAL) class presented Spring 2021 CRAL Talks on Thursday, May 6, and Friday May 7. Students researched their topics intensively, crafted an argument, and delivered presentations via Zoom.

Global Studies students attend talk by Ishmael Beah

On May 1, Global Studies students attended a live virtual talk by New York Times bestselling author and human rights activist Ishmael Beah. The author of A Long Way Gone, Beah is UNICEF's first ambassador for children affected by war.