Grades 6-12; Boarding 8-12


Host International Program

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The Pennington School’s Host International Program (HIP) matches international students who are boarding at Pennington with families of current Pennington day students. The program is designed to help students transition to life at a boarding school in the United States, and it allows local students to experience other cultures and perspectives. The Host International Program creates a bond for these students that will enrich them throughout their time at Pennington.

International students who participate in the program do not live with their host families; instead, they and their hosts participate in various activities together when school is in session. These activities expose international students to aspects of life in the United States that they may not experience otherwise. The School facilitates many of these opportunities, but the host family also provides some experiences for their international student. Suggestions include, but are not limited to, occasional dinners with the host family; attendance at religious services; invitations to family picnics or gatherings; movie nights; sports event outings; or trips to see a show in New York or Philadelphia.

We hope that local parents will consider taking part in this wonderful opportunity! If you currently host a student, we thank you and encourage you to sign up again. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Director of International Student Services Judy Rossi at 609–737–6147 or by email at The application to become a host family is available to download.

Want to be a host family?

Fill out this application and return it to Judy Rossi, director of international student services.