The Pennington School

112 West Delaware Avenue
Pennington, NJ 08534
Tel: 609-737-6128
  • The Pennington School is an independent coeducational school for students in grades 6 through 12, in both day and boarding programs, with a current enrollment of 510 students.
  • The curriculum is college preparatory, with an emphasis on fostering the development of the whole student through academics, athletics, community service, and the creative and performing arts.
  • Within the curriculum there are also small programs for international students and for students with learning differences.
  • Founded in 1838, Pennington values both tradition and innovation, applying the values gleaned from centuries of learning, along with the most up-to-date knowledge to a rapidly changing world.
Definition of Terms 
2018 School Data
The PenningtonBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)8-127-12
Grades Offered (Day)6-127-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationUnited MethodistNon-denominational
Year Founded18381909
Campus Size54 acres105 acres

Student Body

Enrollment520 students300 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score1700* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1470 - 1890-
Average ACT score27*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
Average Class Size13 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:61:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2017
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program OfferedYesYes


Endowment Size$41 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(Middle School Day Tuition - $36, 800)
Tuition international students$58,900$48,100
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant30000$23,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo


Application DeadlineFeb. 1Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsSharon Jarboe
Associate Director of AdmissionsLynn Zahn

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1815
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Water Polo, Winter Track


Total Extracurricular Organizations4224
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
All Students in Action Now, Campus Guides, Chess Club, Community Service Club, Environment Club, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), German Club, Hip Hop Club, History Club, Junior Proctors, Math Club, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Peer Leaders, Pennington Sports Network, Residential Proctors, Science Olympiad, Spanish Club, Student Ambassadors, Student Council, Sustainability Club, Technology Club, United People of Many Colors, Yearbook, Youth Service Fellowship

Arts and Music Programs:
Blues Pop Rock Ensemble, Chamber, Dramatic Society, Fall Play, Female Vocal Ensemble, Jazz Club, Literary Magazine, Orchestra, Pennington Singers, Spring Play, Stage Crew, Visual Arts Club, Winter Musical

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Bowling Club

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 201310 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges10
Rutgers University10
Syracuse University10
Drexel University9
Boston University8
Lafayette College7
New York University7
Carnegie Mellon University6
Fordham University6
Princeton University6
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational school serving day and boarding students in grades 6 through 12. The Pennington School offers a college preparatory curriculum with honors and AP classes, an ESL program for international students, and the Center for Learning.
  • Members of The Pennington School community believe: - Every individual has inherent value. - Each individual has unique potential that can be developed. - Diversity enriches a community. - All life experiences are opportunities to learn. - Learning is an ongoing process. - All people are responsible for and to one another. - Character development is integral to responsible citizenship. - All people should treat each other and each other's religious traditions with respect.
  • The Pennington School seeks to enroll students of good character and demonstrated citizenship who enjoy being part of a community that welcomes and encourages the participation of each of its members. Students should have strong academic ability and should be seeking to build a record of personal achievements appropriate for college admission.
  • LD types supported: Language-based learning differences .
  • The Pennington School accreditations: Middle States, TABS, NAIS, NJAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Dontae Johnson '10 - Cornerback in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks
    • Michael Lee Brown '11 - Cast member for the Broadway show, "Dear Evan Hansen"
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