The Peddie School

201 South Main Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520
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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  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars  
    University of South Carolina
    While most boarding schools are smaller than public or even private day schools, Peddie was unique because we only had around 500 kids for all four of my years there. Another unique aspect was our. . .

  • Class of 2013
    5 Stars  
    Kenyon College
    Peddie is all about community! It's a co-educational school with a focus on service and community. . .

  • Class of 2012
    5 Stars  
    Lehigh University
    I really enjoyed the fact that we had family style dinners. It allowed students of all grades and teachers from all disciplines to communicate with one another. The sense of community at Peddie is what. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
The Peddie SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18641907
Campus Size280 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment535 students300 students
% Students of Color
47%
25%
% International Students
22%
20%
% Students Boarding
60%
70%
Average SAT Scoren/a* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score27*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size12 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio6:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1818
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
72%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$344 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$65,600
(2021-22)
$59,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$56,300
(2021-22)
$33,500
% Students on Financial Aid
38%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$40,063
(Average financial aid grant refers to boarders. )
$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Average Percentile SSAT74%-
Acceptance Rate
27%
57%
Director of AdmissionsMolly Dunne

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1818
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

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1716
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Winter Track, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations2023
ExtracurricularsOpera Trips, Peddie Concert Band, Peddie News, Peddie Orchestra, Peddie Singers, Percussion Ensemble, Project Apoyo, Reeves Speeking Contest, Residential Prefects, School Dances, School Musical, Secret Society of Eight, Spanish Club, String Ensemble, Student Council, Team Managers, The Old Gold and Blue (Yearbook), Tour Guide Coordinators, Training Room, Young Entrepreneurs Club

College Matriculation

Year: 2008 - 201310 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Johns Hopkins University22
New York University21
The George Washington University21
Cornell University19
University of Pennsylvania19
Carnegie Mellon University17
United States Naval Academy17
Princeton University15
Bucknell University14
Villanova University13

School Notes

    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.
  • 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 offers 18 AP courses and a variety of unique courses in math, English, history, language, science, the arts and more. 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 19 years teaching experience and 73% 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.
  • Technology: Peddie has long been committed to using technology to enhance learning. 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. 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.
  • 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 educating 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.
  • Athletics: 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.
  • Arts: 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.
  • The Peddie School accreditations: New Jersey Association of Independent Schools and Middle States Association

Profile last updated: 08/17/2021

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