Overview

The Pennington School is an independent coeducational school for students in grades 6 through 12, offering both day and boarding programs, with boarding beginning in 8th grade. Having welcomed international students since 1885, we offer ELL/ESL, a popular host family program that pairs international boarding students with local day families, and a full-time Director of International Students who facilitates airport transfers, I-20 applications, and other important logistical support. Founded in 1838, Pennington values both tradition and innovation, and is firmly rooted in a whole-student character development focusing on our core values: Honor, Virtue, and Humility. The school's long and proud history of inclusive practices has built a truly diverse and welcoming community. Pennington offers 40 Honors/AP classes and graduates about 100-110 seniors a year--85% of whom gain admittance to their top choice college. In recent years, we have developed forward thinking certificate programs that offer students opportunities to dive deeper into Global Studies, Applied Sciences (Pre-engineering and/or Computer Programming), and Social Entrepreneurship (in conjunction with The University of Pennsylvania). Our Horizon Internship Program helps Seniors gain invaluable hands-on experiences in an impressive range of professions all over the world! The town of Pennington has been called "the safest in NJ" and offers many conveniences within a 1-5 minute walk. The campus is just 10 minutes from Princeton, an hour to either NYC and Philadelphia, and easily accessible to international airports. The location also lends itself to wonderful educational and recreational opportunities that make it easy to offer fun and dynamic weekend activities.
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The Pennington School With Reviews, Requirements 2024 | FindingSchool

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Boarding Grades: 8-12
Co-ed
Suburban
ESL: Yes
Boarding Tuition: $76,550
Day S. Tuition: $48,600
# of Students: 530
Boarding Rate: 33%
Teacher:Student: 1:6%
International Student: 14%
AP Courses: 25
Endowment: $80,189/stu.
Faculty w/ adv. degree: 70%
SAT: 1278/1600
IB: No
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Matriculation

Ranking University/College Students
#1 Princeton University 1
#2 Harvard College 2
#8 University of Pennsylvania 1
LAC #3 Swarthmore College 1
#17 Cornell University 1
#23 Georgetown University 1
#25 University of Virginia 5
LAC #5 Wellesley College 1
#28 Tufts University 2
#28 University of Florida 1
#28 Wake Forest University 2
#36 Boston College 1
#36 University of California: Irvine 1
#38 Georgia Institute of Technology 1
#42 Boston University 1
#42 Brandeis University 2
#42 Tulane University 1
LAC #9 Middlebury College 1
#49 Northeastern University 2
#49 Pepperdine University 1
#49 Purdue University 1
#49 Villanova University 3
#55 University of Miami 2
#57 Penn State University Park 1
#57 University of Pittsburgh 2
#59 Syracuse University 1
#59 University of Maryland: College Park 1
#59 University of Washington 1
#62 Rutgers University 4
#63 George Washington University 3
#68 Fordham University 1
#68 Southern Methodist University 1
#79 American University 3
#83 Elon University 1
#83 Stevens Institute of Technology 1
LAC #17 Smith College 1
#103 University of Arizona 1
#103 University of South Florida 1
#104 University of Colorado Boulder 2
LAC #22 United States Air Force Academy 1
#127 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey: Newark Campus 1
LAC #28 Harvey Mudd College 1
#148 San Diego State University 1
LAC #30 Kenyon College 1
LAC #36 Oberlin College 2
LAC #38 Bucknell University 3
LAC #38 Lafayette College 1
LAC #38 Skidmore College 1
LAC #46 Trinity College 1
LAC #50 Connecticut College 1
LAC #50 Dickinson College 1
Bard College 1
Belmont University 1
Bentley University 1
Butler University 1
Champlain College 1
Dalhousie University 1
Drew University 1
Eckerd College 1
Endicott College 1
FH Salzburg 1
Gettysburg College 1
Glion Institute of Higher Education 1
Goucher College 1
Hampton University 1
High Point University 2
Hobart and William Smith Colleges 1
Monmouth University 1
Montana State University 1
Morehouse College 1
Muhlenberg College 1
Ohio University 1
Oklahoma City University 1
Providence College 1
Saint Louis University Madrid 1
Savannah College of Art and Design 2
School of Visual Arts 1
Spelman College 1
Stockholm School of Economics 1
Susquehanna University 1
The College of New Jersey 1
Towson University 1
University of East Anglia 1
University of Mississippi 1
University of Tampa 1
University of Texas at San Antonio 1
University of Toronto 1
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AP Courses

(Total 25)
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
German Language and Culture
Macroeconomics
Music Theory
Spanish Language and Culture
Chemistry
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
German Language and Culture
Macroeconomics
Music Theory
Spanish Language and Culture
Chemistry
English Language and Composition
English Literature and Composition
European History
Latin
United States Government and Politics
United States History
Computer Science A
Microeconomics
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
Studio Art: 2-D Design
Spanish Literature and Culture
French Language and Culture
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Sports

(Total 42)
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
American Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
American Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track and Field
Water Polo
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Extracurricular Activities and Clubs

(Total 90+)
Aerospace and Aviation Club
American Sign Language Club
Amnesty International Student Club
Animal Rights Club
Art Club
Better Kitchen Sink
Biology Club
Black Student Union*
Book Club
Campus Guides
Aerospace and Aviation Club
American Sign Language Club
Amnesty International Student Club
Animal Rights Club
Art Club
Better Kitchen Sink
Biology Club
Black Student Union*
Book Club
Campus Guides
Campus Ministry Club
Chess Club
Community Service
Computer Science Competition Club
Chorus
Dance Club
Debate Team
Dramatic Society
East Asian Student Union
Exchange of Many Cultures
Eye to Eye*
Fall Play
Fashion Club
French Club
German Club
Girls in STEM
Green Team*
Hall Prefects*
History Club
Interior Design Club
International Studies Student Alliance
Intersectional Feminism Club*
Investment Club
Jazz Band
Junior Proctors
Latin Club
Latinx Affinity Group
Learning Difference Alliance
Library Proctors
Math Competition Club
Model United Nations
Music Technology Club
Muslim Student Alliance*
Odyssey of the Mind (Middle School)
Open Studio: Visual Art**
Orchestra
Our Minds Matter
Peer Leaders
Peer Tutoring Club
Pennington Jewish Community
Pennington Singers
The Penntonian (newspaper)
Pennyroyal (literary magazine)*
Penseman (yearbook)
Philosophy Club
Pit Band
Poetry and Creative Club
Politics Club*
Power Hour
Private Instrumental/Voice lessons
PSCFit
Red Cross Club
Science Competition Club
School Planning in Malawi
Ski Club*
SoundProof (a cappella)
South Asian Student Society
Spanish Club
Spectrum (LGBTQ+/ally group)*
Sports Statistics Club
Spring Play (Upper and Middle School plays)
STEM Leaders
STEM Tutoring
Student Ambassadors
Student Government
Tech Crew
Technology Club
Treble Tones
Ultimate Frisbee*
United People of Many Colors*
Untold Gallery (Malawi)
Winter Musical
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Arts

(Total 14)
Drawing
Color
Ceramics
Photography
Video Production
Drama
Acting
Directing
Vocal
Music
Drawing
Color
Ceramics
Photography
Video Production
Drama
Acting
Directing
Vocal
Music
Music Theory
Art
Design
Scene Study
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Basic Info

Year Founded: 1838
Campus Size: 55 acres
Boarding Rate: 33%
Religious Affiliation: Methodist

Application Info

Deadline: 01/15
Interview: On Campus, Zoom
Pre Interview: No Requirement
Other Accepted Scores: Duolingo
School Code:
TOEFL: 2481
SSAT: 5734

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Brief Reviews

(Total 33)
4.7/ 5

Detailed Reviews

(Total 3)
4.7 / 5 Overall
4.5 / 5 Academics
4.7 / 5 Campus
4.2 / 5 Student Life
4.5 / 5 Athletic&Art
5.0 / 5 Transportation

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Frequently Ask Questions about The Pennington School

Tell me a bit about The Pennington School.
The Pennington School is Co-ed private boarding school located in New Jersey, US. It was founded 1838 , and currently has about 530 students, 14.00% of whom are international students.

For more official information, please visit http://www.pennington.org.
Does The Pennington School have rigorous academic requirements?
The Pennington School is offering 25 AP courses.

The Pennington School also have 70% of faculties whose degrees are master and above.
Where do The Pennington School students typically go for their colleges?
Based on the most recent matriculation data, 9.14% go to top 50 US universities and colleges*, 18.48% go to top 25, and about 3.62% go to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and MIT.

*Ranking is based on the 2024 US News College Ranking.
What is the application requirement for The Pennington School?
Similar to most private schools in the US, The Pennington School’s typical admission requirements include school transcript, recommendation letter, application essay, and interview (often optional, but highly recommended).
What is the latest tuition for The Pennington School’s Co-ed student?
The total fee for The Pennington School in 2024 is $71,200 , which typically includes tuition, boarding fee, student management fee and a few other fees associated with managing international students.

For more information, please contact school’s admission team at admiss@pennington.org .
Where is The Pennington School located?
The Pennington School is located in the State of New Jersey of USA. The closest major city is Philadelphia, which is about 32 miles away from school. Most families can choose Philadelphia International Airport to travel in and out of school.
How popular is The Pennington School on FindingSchool network?
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Also it is highly recommended to visit The Pennington School’s official site: http://www.pennington.org or call them at 609-737-6128.
Please share a few nearby schools that are close to The Pennington School?
Yes, here are few: The Lawrenceville School, Princeton International School of Mathematics and Science and The Hun School of Princeton.

The closest major city is Philadelphia. You can find out more schools near Philadelphia here.
What is the FindingSchool rating for The Pennington School?
The overall rating for The Pennington School is A.

The section ratings of The Pennington School are:
A for Matriculation
A for Academics
A for Extracurriculum
A+ for Community
A for Students and Parents reviews
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