Peddie School

201 South Main Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Tel: 609-944-7501
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 542 students
Peddie is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school for students in grades 9 through post-graduate.
Peddie provides a rigorous academic and extracurricular experience both inside and outside the classroom, focusing on preparing students for a lifetime of learning, citizenship, continual growth and opportunity.
With a beautiful campus in Hightstown, NJ, and a distinguished history dating back to 1864, the school prides itself on a curriculum that balances tradition with innovation in a genuinely supportive community atmosphere.

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Definition of Terms 
2015 School Data
Peddie School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1864 1910
Campus Size 280 acres 121 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 542 students 300 students
% Students of Color 41% 20%
% International Students 17% 20%
% Students Boarding 62% 67%
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1770 - 2090 -
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Less than once a month
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 18 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 86% 67%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $326 million
(as of June 30, 2015)
$16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
% Students on Financial Aid 40% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $20,250 $20,255
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No


Application Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 74% -
Acceptance Rate 20% 57%
Director of AdmissionsRaymond Cabot
Associate Director of AdmissionsMichael O'Neill

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 18 16
CoursesAdvanced Art Courses: Honors Theatre, Honors Studio Art, Advanced Language Courses: Advanced Spanish V, Latin V, Advanced Mathematics Courses: Abstract & Applied Mathematics, Multivariable Calculus, Linear Algebra, Advanced Science Courses: Advanced Computer Science, Advanced Physics C, Advanced Research Physics, EXP Research, AP Arts: Music Theory, Studio Art, AP English: English Literature, AP History: Art History, US Government and Politics, US History, European History, AP Language: Chinese, French Language, Latin: Vergil, Spanish Language, AP Mathematics: Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, AP Science: Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Psychology, Signature Programs: Asian Studies, Research Science, Creative Writing, Arts, Summer Signature


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 15 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 51 23
ExtracurricularsAcaFellas, Admission Tour Guides, Amnesty International, Amphion (literary Magazine), Art Club, Asian Association, Community Prefects, Cum Laude Society, Debate Club, Declamation Contest, Discipline Committee, Drama Club, Dynasty Dance Troupe, Environmental Club, Faculty-Student Senate, French Club, Gay-Straight Alliance, Gold Key, Habitat for Humanity, International Student Organization, Jazz Ensemble, Jewish Heritage Club, Latin Club, Math Club, Mock Trial,

College Matriculation

Year: 2008-2013 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Johns Hopkins University 22
New York University 21
The George Washington University 21
Cornell University 19
University of Pennsylvania 19
Carnegie Mellon University 17
United States Naval Academy 17
Princeton University 15
Bucknell University 14
Villanova University 13

School Notes:

  • Peddie is an independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school for students in grades 9through post-graduate. Peddie provides a rigorous academic and extracurricular experience both inside and outside the classroom, focusing on preparing students for a lifetime of learning, citizenship, continual growth and opportunity. With a beautiful campus in Hightstown, NJ, and a distinguished history dating back to 1864, the school prides itself on a curriculum that balances tradition with innovation in a genuinely supportive community atmosphere. 

    Rigorous Academics 
    With an average class size of 12 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 6:1, Peddie’s rigorous and innovative academic program continues to evolve to meet the demands of an ever-changing world. Peddie’s Research Science program, which combines course work with “real world” summer laboratory experience, and its Asian Studies program, which partners with its sister school in Shanghai, are among several concentrations available through the Peddie Signature Experience Program. Other areas of study include art, creative writing and independent study. Students are regularly exposed to off-campus cultural excursions and high-profile guest speakers to enhance their academic experience. 

    Dynamic Faculty
    With a mean of 17 years teaching experience and 86% of teachers holding advanced degrees, Peddie's faculty is recognized for encouraging and inspiring bright and enthusiastic students to reach for new levels of achievement. With enthusiasm, humor and patience, the Peddie faculty challenges students to reach beyond their expectations and to define success by the progress they make. 

    Peddie has long been committed to using technology to enhance learning. This year, the school completed construction of the Digital Fabrication Lab, a 3400-square-foot building that houses an engineering lab with advanced fabrication capabilities including a CNC mill, CNC laser, 3D printer and a robotics studio. Every classroom is equipped with an interactive television or whiteboard, and laptop computers are provided to all students and are used in every discipline across Peddie’s curriculum. 

    Supportive Community
    Peddie is a boarding and day school, with 62% of students and 90% of faculty residing on campus. Peddie provides a distinctive educational experience in which all students participate in a dynamic and diverse community, exploring new ideas, accepting challenges, assuming responsibility and – ultimately and most importantly – learning to live independently.  In this boarding school environment, students are prepared for the rigors and rewards of college and are inspired to strive for the highest quality of citizenship.

    College Preparation
    Most Peddie students attend selective colleges and universities. The College Counseling Office takes a highly personalized approach to educate students and families about the college process. Students and their families work closely with their counselors to develop a self-awareness that guides each student to find his or her best fit.  

    At Peddie, athletics are considered an extension of the classroom, and all students are required to enroll in physical activity classes and to join its 17 sports and 56 athletic teams. Through participation in sports, students learn sportsmanship, discipline, personal integrity, teamwork, time management and perseverance: qualities that will assist them in achieving success throughout their lives. Peddie offers its students access to newly-renovated athletic facilities, including a 35m pool, an 18-hole golf course, a boat house, a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor tracks and more.

    On the stage and in studio classrooms and rehearsal halls, promising young artists learn to tap into their imaginations, to problem-solve, and to communicate in new ways. During the class day, more than 300 Peddie students take part in a diverse menu of electives in music, theater and visual arts. Outside of the classroom, students have opportunities to attend and perform in a wide variety of on- and off-campus arts events. Students at Peddie acquire essential skills, vocabulary and perspective that will shape them into more appreciative and better-informed citizens, sensitive to the cultural landscape they inhabit.
  • School accreditations: Middle States Association

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