Grades 6-12; Boarding 8-12



A male student at the whiteboard

The academic program in the Upper School is designed to prepare students for college and offers students in Grades 9 through 12 a traditional curriculum in all major academic subjects. Students who demonstrate academic excellence are encouraged to pursue Honors and Advanced Placement courses, which are available in all academic disciplines.

Students at Pennington are expected to take six academic classes — five core subjects and one elective. With permission from the Dean of Academic Affairs and a proven record of academic achievement, students may take more than six classes. In the Middle School, Pennington students are used to one to two hours of homework each evening. Students in the Upper School receive two to three hours of homework each day. We ask students to make purposeful progress not just toward a common set of graduation requirements, but toward a higher level of personal excellence in all areas.

At the core of a student’s Pennington experience is the faculty. Unsurpassed in their dedication to knowing their students as individuals, the teachers at The Pennington School accept the responsibility to nurture excellence in students, whether in the classroom, on the playing field, on the stage, or in the dorm. The School is committed to recognizing, supporting, and promoting excellence in teaching. Scholarly and other creative activities are considered essential to continued professional growth and development.

To view the current course catalog, please see: Course Catalog 2024-25.