Purnell School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
51 Pottersville Road, P.O. Box 500
Pottersville, NJ 07979
  • 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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  • Class of 2008
    5 Stars  
    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 
2018 School Data
Purnell SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG5-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded19631910
Campus Size83 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment60 students318 students
% Students of Color
35%
22%
% International Students
6%
20%
% Students Boarding
75%
66%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Casual uniform: Dark jeans, a white button down or polo, with Purnell Sweater. Formal uniform: Purnell blazer, white button down shirt with a kilt or khakis.)
Casual
Average Class Size9 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:41:7
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$73,400$55,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$53,800$30,155
Tuition international students$73,400$49,850
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$70,700$40,500
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsKate Davis

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered715
SportsBallet, Basketball, Dance, Equestrian, Riding, Soccer, Tennis

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations1123
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Ad-Libbers Club, Big Sisters, Coding/Makers Club, Community, Debate Club, Purnell Greens, Student Ambassadors

Arts and Music Programs:
Shoots and Strawberries choir

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Rock Climbing, Running Club, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2012 - 201610 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Elon University4
Connecticut College3
College of the Holy Cross2
Dickinson College2
Franklin and Marshall College2
Bryn Mawr College1
Columbia College1
Duke University1
Purdue University1
St. Andrews University1

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, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, Executive Functioning Challenges, Auditory Processing Disorders
  • Purnell School accreditations: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

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