51 Pottersville Rd
Pottersville, NJ 07979
Purnell School is the premier boarding and day school for girls with learning differences.
Our mission is to educate young women, who learn differently in grades nine through PG within a creative, reflective, and supportive classroom and boarding community.
We offer seven- and five-day boarding as well as day programs. Purnell also offers a PG year program that encourages study and exploration.
Our campus is located on 83 acres in rural, equestrian New Jersey.
Safe, peaceful yet close to the vibrancy of New York City and Philadelphia.
Students discover their unique strengths in preparation for college and the world.

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, Executive Function Challenges, Auditory Processing Disorder
Year Founded
1963
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
57 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
22%
State avg.: 39%
Students by Grade
Purnell School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
20 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
3:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
10 students
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
Everyday uniform: dark wash jeans, white button-down or polo and Purnell sweater. Formal uniform includes a blazer and a kilt or khaki pants.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Admissions Director
Kate Davis
Admissions Associate
Meghan Coates

Sports

Total Sports Offered
7 sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Adlibbers-Acting Group, Art Club, Big Sisters, Choir, Community Service Club, Dance Synthesis, Environmental Club, Equestrian, Floor Leaders, School Tour Guides, Shoots and Strawberries Singing Group, Student Council, Technical Theater, Yearbook

School Notes

  • Purnell School, established in 1963, is the premier boarding and day school for girls with learning differences. We are at the forefront of education for girls from across the globe with different learning styles. We use a highly individualized approach tailored to the precise learning style of each student.  Girls in grades nine through twelve learn within a creative, reflective, and supportive classroom and boarding community and thrive in academics, the arts and athletics. We offer seven and five-day boarding as well as day programs.  Purnell also offers a Post Graduate (PG) year of study and exploration. Each year Purnell graduates attend the college of their choice.Purnell is located on 83 acres in rural, equestrian New Jersey. Safe, peaceful yet close to the vibrancy of New York City and Philadelphia. 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, teaching to the individual needs of the student.Purnell`s founding beliefs continue to guide the school over 50 years later: Consideration of Others, Truthfulness in All Relations, Use of Common Sense.Purnell successfully serves girls with the following learning differences: Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, Executive Functioning Challenges, Auditory Processing Disorders.School accreditations: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What sports does Purnell School offer?

Purnell School offers 7 interscholastic sports: Ballet, Basketball, Dance, Equestrian, Soccer, Softball and Tennis.

When is the application deadline for Purnell School?

The application deadline for Purnell School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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