Grades 6-12; Boarding 8-12


Curriculum Overview

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Courses in math, science, English, social studies, and world languages make up the core academic experience in Middle School. Each one of these core courses develops necessary time-honored and twenty-first-century academic skills, exposes students to new content and approaches to learning that connect to their world, and challenges student perceptions in order for them to reach new, more sophisticated understandings. These core classes are also places where students learn to access and apply technology with increasing purpose, efficiency, and responsibility.

As a School that focuses on developing the whole child, Pennington’s core Middle School courses are complemented by exploratory classes in music, health, and the arts, in addition to a wide variety of elective courses that allow students to learn something new, satisfy a specific area of interest, or strengthen a flourishing talent. While elective classes change from year to year, courses in art, music, drama, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) are consistently available. The entire campus becomes a classroom. For a more complete list of courses at each grade, please see the accordions below.