Purnell School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
51 Pottersville Road, P.O. Box 500
Pottersville, NJ 07979
Tel: 908-439-2154
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 70 students
  • Purnell School is the premier boarding and day school for girls with learning differences.
  • Our mission is to educate young women, who learn differently in grades nine through PG within a creative, reflective, and supportive classroom and boarding community.
  • We offer seven- and five-day boarding as well as day programs.
  • Purnell also offers a PG year program that encourages study and exploration.
  • Our campus is located on 83 acres in rural, equestrian New Jersey.
  • Safe, peaceful yet close to the vibrancy of New York City and Philadelphia.
  • Students discover their unique strengths in preparation for college and the world.

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  • Review Description

  • Class of 2008
    5 Stars   11/28/2008
    Humboldt State University
    Purnell has the perfect student body size to get a personal connection with staff and peers, you'll know every student, teacher, spouse, campus child & pet within the first month. Purnell is located close. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Purnell School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 11-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1963 1910
Campus Size 83 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 70 students 298 students
% Students of Color
20%
20%
% International Students
20%
20%
% Students Boarding
99%
70%
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(Purnell students are required to wear uniforms. A complete set of uniforms is $200 - $300 and typically includes a blazer, sweater or vest, white Oxford button down shirt, and a kilt.)
Casual
Average Class Size 8 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:4 1:7
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
70%
70%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $9 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$57,835 $51,250
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$42,045 $27,800
Tuition international students $61,085 $47,400
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$55,650 $37,945
% Students on Financial Aid
30%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $21,000 $21,275
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Acceptance Rate
48%
56%
Director of AdmissionsBeth A. Rainey

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 9 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Ballet, Basketball, Dance, Equestrian, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 18 23
ExtracurricularsAdlibbers-Acting, Athletic, Big, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Community, Dance Club, Environmental, Equestrian Club, Fashion Club, Floor, Kelea, Peer, Private, Red, School, Shoots, Steppers, Student

College Matriculation

Year: 2012 - 2016 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Elon University 4
Connecticut College 3
College of the Holy Cross 2
Dickinson College 2
Franklin and Marshall College 2
Bryn Mawr College 1
Columbia College 1
Duke University 1
Purdue University 1
St. Andrews University 1

School Notes

  • Purnell School, established in 1963, is the premier boarding and day school for girls with learning differences. We are at the forefront of education for girls from across the globe with different learning styles. We use a highly individualized approach tailored to the precise learning style of each student.  Girls in grades nine through twelve learn within a creative, reflective, and supportive classroom and boarding community and thrive in academics, the arts and athletics. We offer seven and five-day boarding as well as day programs.  Purnell also offers a Post Graduate (PG) year of study and exploration. Each year Purnell graduates attend the college of their choice.
  • Purnell is located on 83 acres in rural, equestrian New Jersey. Safe, peaceful yet close to the vibrancy of New York City and Philadelphia. Students discover their unique strengths in preparation for college and the world. Purnell students learn to be ethical, independent, and self-confident working with faculty who act as mentors, teaching to the individual needs of the student.Purnell`s founding beliefs continue to guide the school over 50 years later: Consideration of Others, Truthfulness in All Relations, Use of Common Sense.
  • Purnell successfully serves girls with the following learning differences: Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, Executive Functioning Challenges, Auditory Processing Disorders.
  • School accreditations: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.
  • LD types supported: Dyslexia,
  • School accreditations: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
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