112 West Delaware Avenue
Pennington, NJ 08534
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The Pennington School Photo #1 - Welcome to The Pennington School! We believe transformational growth is the hallmark of an excellent education and the cornerstone of life. Over our 180-year history, we have been 100% dedicated to inspiring student growth by approaching each student as an individual. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by an outside consultant, the majority of our
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The Pennington School Photo #1 - Welcome to The Pennington School! We believe transformational growth is the hallmark of an excellent education and the cornerstone of life. Over our 180-year history, we have been 100% dedicated to inspiring student growth by approaching each student as an individual. In fact, in a recent survey conducted by an outside consultant, the majority of our
The Pennington School Photo #2 - Our students fully engage in the Pennington experience! They seek personal excellence and aspire to lives of dedication, perseverance, resilience, integrity, and service. Our community is one of inclusion, open to diversity of opinions and people, united in our purpose, and dedicated to continuing the values of honor, virtue, and humility. Pennington Pride abounds!
The Pennington School Photo #3 - Applied Science - Take the skills developed in science, math, engineering, and technology & combine them with your capabilities in critical thinking, problem-solving, communication, & literacy to initiate real change. Our students have the capacity to change the future of the world by developing systems for cleaner water, safer vehicles, improved communications, advanced robotics, space travel, and elimination of disease.
The Pennington School Photo #4 - At The Pennington School, students are empowered to create a visual language through deliberate handling of mediums, skills, concepts, and context. While building technique and solving creative problems, the processes of self-expression, critical thinking, and risk taking happen! It is our job to enhance a student`s vision, creative thinking, and collaborative spirit.
The Pennington School Photo #5 - Activities & Clubs - The Pennington School offers a wide selection of extracurricular activities and organizations that cater to a huge variety of interests among the student body. If your interest is not somewhere in this list, you can create your own club. This list is constantly changing!
The Pennington School Photo #6 - The Middle School at Pennington is a small, friendly environment with big opportunities for academic and personal growth. With just over 100 students in all, our Middle School offers its own curricular and co-curricular program, its own faculty dedicated to these transformative years, and its own unique identity. The spirit of our Middle School students permeates the Pennington campus!
The Pennington School Photo #7 - The Pennington School believes that athletic participation is an integral part of a secondary school education. Pennington has superb student athletes and championship teams, led by coaches who embrace the opportunity to imbue their athletes with the School`s core values, of honor, virtue, and humility, and to prepare students for success on and off the field.
The Pennington School Photo #8 - Students can explore a variety of acting techniques of the past and present, use masks and European clowning to find unique characters, employ technical theatre skills to collaborate on a common vision, and write, direct, or perform scripted or original material. Graduating senior drama students have gone on to pursue their craft at schools such as New York University, Tufts
The Pennington School Photo #9 - Weekends at The Pennington School are crammed with a variety of activities, with something for everyone here on campus! Day students are welcome to join our boarding school population for short trips to the movies, to local sporting events, or for shopping at the mall. We offer special trips to places places like Hershey Park, Philadelphia, New York and more!
The Pennington School Photo #10 - The mission of the Global Studies Program at The Pennington School, through the Global Studies certificate, travel opportunities, and campus-wide initiatives, is to support and enhance our informed, active, and ethical participation in global ideas, issues, and communities, both at home and abroad.
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.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12
  • Enrollment: 530 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $69,000
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $46,500
  • Acceptance rate: 28%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
The Pennington School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
8-12
9-12
Grades Offered (Day)
6-12
5-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1838
1907
Campus Size
55 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
530 students
300 students
% Students of Color
37%
26%
% International Students
12%
20%
% Students Boarding
30%
70%
Average SAT Score
1220
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
27
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Average Class Size
13 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
22
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
78%
70%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$41 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$69,000
(Middle School Boarding - $64,300 (Starting in Grade 8))
$61,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$46,500
(Middle School Day Tuition - $41,800)
$34,900
Tuition international students
$69,000
$54,500
% Students on Financial Aid
33%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$30,000
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 1
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Yes
Yes
Acceptance Rate
28%
58%
Director of Admissions
Sharon Jarboe
Associate Director of Admissions
Lynn M. Zahn

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
42
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Academe (literary magazine), African American Awareness Association, All Students in Action Now, Conduct Review Board, Council for Liberals and Democrats, Crew Team, Cult Movies, Junior Proctors, Latin American Council, Literary Arts Magazine - Gallimaufry, Maiden Voyage, Mentoring, Open Art Studio, Peer Leaders, Pennington Sports Network, Prism, School Newspaper - Crane-Clarion, Science/Outing, Scuba, Service Learning Club, Sketch Class, Sports Weekly Magazine - Cranes Illustrated, Student Council, Technology Student Association, United People of Many Colors, Yearbook, Yearkbook Staff, Youth Service Fellowship

Arts and Music Programs:
Asian Magazine - Quilt Club, Blues Pop Rock Ensemble, Chamber, Computer Team, Dramatic Society, Flight Program, Literary Magazine, Pennington Singers, Presidents Council, Residence Halls Councils, Tae Kwon Do, Vocal Jazz, Womentors

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Bowling Club

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 2013
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
10
Rutgers University
10
Syracuse University
10
Drexel University
9
Boston University
8
Lafayette College
7
New York University
7
Carnegie Mellon University
6
Fordham University
6
Princeton University
6

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: Mild 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"
Source: Verified school update
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12
  • Enrollment: 530 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $69,000
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $46,500
  • Acceptance rate: 28%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 1
  • Source: Verified school update

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