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Purnell School

Purnell School is an all-female private boarding traditional school for students in grades 9 through 12.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural


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Purnell School's mission is to educate young women in grades nine through twelve within a creative, reflective, and supportive classroom and boarding community. Students discover their unique strengths in preparation for college and the world. Purnell students learn to be ethical, independent, and self-confident working with faculty who act as mentors, teach to all kinds of learning styles, and model the School's founding guidelines: Consideration of Others, Truthfulness in All Relations, Use of Common Sense Purnell is a small girls boarding school that focuses on the success of every student. At Purnell, we offer a girl a chance to discover what she does best and to become the best she can at it. We accept students who are eager to develop as leaders, students who are talented in the performing arts and students who need a smaller environment to thrive in. Our instructional methods allow students to discover their own learning styles ad to become proactive in their learning process. Students are supported by our award-winning Affinities Program, which is a four-year curriculum for developing student strengths. The Affinities Program grows out of a belief that building on a student's strengths is the best way to help her grow into the person she was meant to become. We are college preparatory, teach hands-on, innovative units and have a strong support system in place that allows all girls to feel integrated into the community and an important person in her own right. We have an exceptional performing and fine arts department and many graduates go on to professional careers in the arts.We offer seven- and five-day boarding as well as day programs.Purnell offers need-based financial aid; please call the Director of Admissions and Financial Aid to learn more. We provide financial aid to low, medium, and even upper middle level incomes so that the school can be affordable to all.Purnell is located on 83 acres in rural, equestrian New Jersey. Safe, peaceful yet close to the vibrancy of New York City and Philadelphia.





Grades Cost Term
High School $52,550 Annual

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Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 89
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
9 16
10 17
11 21
12 35

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Student Teacher Ratio 5 : 1
Average Class Size 10
Gender 100% Female
Dress Code Formal
Percent Boarding 99%
Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 72%
Hispanic/Latino 2%
Black or African American 8%
Asian 18%


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Associations & Memberships

Other school associations

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

State or regional independent school association

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS)

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