Peddie School

201 South Main Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Tel: 609-944-7501
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 550 students
"Come to Peddie of you want to be surrounded, supported, and challenged by teachers who want to work with you, hear your voice, and see you soar.
Come to Peddie if you want to live and learn with peers who care more about your character than your clothes.
Come to Peddie if you want to go out into the world eager to do well by doing good." - Peter A.
Quinn, Headmaster

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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 125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 550 students 295 students
% Students of Color 26% 20%
% International Students 13% 20%
% Students Boarding 63% 68%
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 Weekly
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 68% 66%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $252 million
(as of June 30, 2014)
$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 mixes tradition and innovation providing a rigorous academic experience in a spirited and caring community. Noted for its distinctive programs dedicated to academics, athletics, arts and residential life, Peddie's faculty is recognized for encouraging and inspiring bright and enthusiastic students to reach for new levels of achievement in an unusually friendly, genuinely supportive and remarkably diverse community. Peddie prepares its students not just for success in the nation’s leading colleges and universities but to serve as leaders in an increasingly complex and constantly evolving worlds..
  • Founded in 1864, Peddie is located on a beautiful 280-acre campus in Hightstown, NJ. A campus of both modern and historic buildings, the hub of campus life is Center Campus, our central green where students and faculty greet each other throughout the day. The campus is situated along Peddie Lake and we are also fortunate to have our own 18-hole professional golf course. Hightstown is located 50 miles from both New York City and Philadelphia served by train lines, bus lines and nearby international airports.
  • School accreditations: Middle States Association
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Walter Annenberg, Class of 1927 - Former ambassador to the United Kingdom, founder of TV Guide and Seventeen Magazine, philanthropist
    • John J. McCloy, Class of 1912 - Assistant Secretary of War during WWII, president of the World Bank, High Commissioner of Germany 1949-52
    • George Lloyd Murphy, Class of 1921 - Academy Award-winning actor, noted tap dancer, U.S. Senator from California 1964-71.
    • Howard W. Koch, Class of 1934 - Film producer and director whose movies include
    • Larry Kelley, Class of 1933 - Winner of the 1937 Heisman Trophy, the first recipient of the trophy that bears the Heisman name.
    • H. Richard Hornberger, Class of 1941 - Published the novel M*A*S*H in 1968 under the pen name, Richard Hooker. The novel would later inspire the film and TV series of the same name.
    • Finn M.W. Caspersen, Class of 1959 - Financier, philanthropist, CEP of Beneficial Corporation and Knickerbocker Management.
    • Nelson Diebel, Class of 1990 - Two-time Olympic gold medalist in swimming.
    • B.J. Bedford, Class of 1990 - Olympic gold medalist in swimming.
    • Chris Tomson, Class of 2002 - Drummer for Vampire Weekend.

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