Purnell School

51 Pottersville Road, P.O. Box 500
Pottersville, NJ 07979-0797
     Tel: (908)439-2154
Grades: 9 - 12 | 80 students
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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.
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Students learn to be ethical, independent, self-confident young women with a greater appreciation of the world around them.
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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.
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Dedicated faculty act as mentors who understand how all types of minds learn.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Grades Offered Grades 9 - 12
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported ADHD, Mild LD
Year Founded 1963

Student Body

Total Students 80 students
Student Body Type All-girls
% Students of Color 23%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade Purnell School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 23 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 65%
Average Class Size 10 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal
(jeans, kilt, sweater, oxford)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $52,550
Tuition Notes 5-Day Boarding Student Tuition: $50,550; Day Student Tuition: $44,350; International Student Tuition: $57,800
% on Financial Aid 26%
Average Financial Aid Grant $18,000
Acceptance Rate 75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Beth A. Rainey
Admissions Associate Gena Parks


Total Sports Offered 5 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Equestrian, Soccer, SoftballBasketballCross Country,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 20 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Adlibbers-Acting Group, Art Club, Big Sisters, Choir, Community Service Club, Dance Synthesis, Environmental Club, Equestrian, Fashion Design, Floor Leaders, Knitting Club, Peer Leaders, Recycling Club, Red Team/Blue Team, School Tour Guides, Shoots and Strawberries Singing Group, Student Council, Student Library Club, Technical Theater, Yearbook Art Club, Big Sisters, Choir, Equestrian, Fashion Design, Floor Leaders, Knitting Club, Peer Leaders, Recycling Club, Yearbook, Adlibbers-Acting Group,
Community Service Club,
Dance Synthesis,
Environmental Club,
Red Team/Blue Team,
School Tour Guides,
Shoots and Strawberries Singing Group,
Student Council,
Student Library Club,
Technical Theater,

School Notes:

  • Purnell is a small girls boarding school that focuses on the success of every student. We take girls from a wide variety of backgrounds and help them find success and discover and what they are best at doing.
  • We accept students with mild learning disabilities, students who are talented in the performing arts and students who need a smaller environment to thrive in. Average students can shine here where every student "sits in the front row."
  • Purnell graduates have described Purnell as the single "best thing to ever happen to me." 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 are a traditional boarding school that serves a unique niche.
  • 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 student programs. Tuition for the 5-day boarding program is $48,800.  Day student tuition is $42,800.
  • Purnell offers a wide variety of aid. We provide grants 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.
  • School accreditations: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Profile last updated: 12/03/2014

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Gill St. Bernard's School (2.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is The Willow School (2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is The Willow School (2 miles away)
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