Purnell School

51 Pottersville Rd, PO Box 500, Pottersville, NJ 07979

Situated on an 83-acre former farm/estate, Purnell conducts a noncompetitive academic program that incorporates cooperative learning opportunities and places a particular emphasis on the studio and performing arts. The curriculum is interdisciplinary and highly structured in grades 9 and 10; older students choose electives from among the subjects of English, history/social studies, foreign language, math, science, performing arts and studio arts. The school accepts girls with mild learning disabilities, in addition to those who excel academically. A learning center provides support for all students. In midwinter, students participate in Project Exploration, a hands-on, project-oriented mini-term during which they work intensely on a project in a field of interest; time is built in for field trips as well. All students perform 10 hours of required community service per year. Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to travel for two weeks in a French- or Spanish-speaking country, at which time they take French or Spanish language courses and engage in cultural immersion. Each senior takes part in a compulsory internship, as well as in a public speaking course that culminates in a speech delivered to the student body about her high school experience. Every girl meets with her faculty advisor weekly; advisors then confer weekly to assess student progress.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Girls Grades 9-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsGirls
Full Address51 Pottersville Rd, PO Box 500, Pottersville, NJ 07979
Year Established1963
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorAyanna Hill-Gill
Applications DueRolling
Total Enrollment105
Boarding Students103
Day Students2
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