History

At Purnell, we offer a girl a chance to discover what she does best and to become the best she can at it. At Purnell, every girl "sits in the front row." Teachers practice what works best for girls and teach their classes in interesting, interactive ways. As a result, girls are engaged in learning and they feel successful in the classroom.

Girls are encouraged to try new things and when they do they feel the support of their peers and teachers. Purnell is a place where one can grow into the woman she is meant to be, find a college that is right for her and learn important values to help her live a meaningful life.

Purnell School's mission is to educate young women in grades nine through twelve whose potential has not previously been realized and to prepare them for college. Students learn to be ethical, independent, self-confident young women with a greater appreciation of the world around them. They understand how to be successful in a creative, supportive, and reflective environment that encompasses not only their lives in the classroom, but also their pride as participants in a vibrant residential community. Dedicated faculty act as mentors who understand how all types of minds learn. They teach and model the School's three founding guidelines:

Consideration of Others, Truthfulness in All Relations, Use of Common Sense

Overview

Region
Central New Jersey
Program Emphasis
5-Day Boarding School
Boarding School
Day School
Small Boarding School
All Grades 9-12
Boarding Grades 9-12
Grade Divisions
Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Girls
Dress Code Uniform
School Setting Other(Urban fringe of large city)
Campus Size (Acres) 83 Acres
Head of School Ayanna Hill- Gill
Endowment 8.9 Million

Admission

E-mail
Web Address http://www.purnell.org
Director of Admission Nicole Moon
Admission Application Apply to Purnell School
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $50 for U.S. applicants/$100 for International
Application Deadline(s) January 31 /Then Rolling Admissions
Financial Aid Deadline(s) January 15
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 26
Admission Tests Accepted
Other (SLEP)
SSAT
TOEFL
Day Student Tuition $42,800.00
5-Day Boarding Student Tuition $48,800.00
Boarding Student Tuition $50,735.00
International Student Tuition $52,235.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 95
Girls 95
% Boys/Girls 100% Girls
Boarding Students 93
Day Students 2
International
China
India
Korea
Other (Bermuda)
Taiwan
United States
Arkansas
Connecticut
Florida
Illinois
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Majority of students come from Northeast
% of Students of Color 18
% of International Students 22

Academics

Full Time Faculty 23
Part Time Faculty 3
% of Faculty with Advanced Degrees 65
% of Faculty with Masters 50
Student/Faculty ratio 4:1
Average Class Size 10-12
Special Academic Support Programs
ADD/ADHD
Learning Differences
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American History
Art
Art History
Biology
Calculus
Ceramics
Chemistry
Choir
Dance
Drama
Electives
English
Equestrian Sports
Film
French
Geometry
History
Music
Other (Women In Finance)
Photography
Physics
Pre-calculus
Science
Spanish
Studio Art
Study Skills
Trigonometry
World History

College Placement Office

Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations Albright College University of Arizona Barry University Binghamton University Brevard College Bryant University Caldwell College Carnegie Mellon University Dean College Duke University Elmira College Fashion Institute of Technology University of Findlay Franklin & Marshall Goucher College High Point University Indiana University Johnson and Wales Kean University Kenyon College Keuka College Lake Forest College Lycoming College Shore University of Massachusetts Mississippi State University Mitchell College Montserrat College of Art Moravian College Muhlenberg College New York University University of North Carolina, Asheville Philadelphia University Purdue University Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Savannah College of Art & Design School of Visual Arts Spelman College St. Andrew's Presbyterian College Syracuse University Temple University Wagner College Wells College
% of Graduates Who Attend College 95

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
basketball
cross-country
equestrian
other (outdoor fitness)
soccer
softball
Recreational Sports
dance
other (circuit training)
tennis
yoga
Extra-Curricular Activities
Art Club
Choir
Community Service Program
Dance Club
Dorm Proctors
Drama Club
Recycling Club
Student Government
Yearbook

Notes


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