Purnell School

51 Pottersville Road, P.O. Box 500
Pottersville, NJ 07979
Tel: (908)439-2154
  • 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

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, ADHD, Executive Function Challenges, Auditory Processing Disorder
Year Founded1963

Student Body

Total Students80 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
23%
State avg.: 30%
Students by GradePurnell School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers23 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio3:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
65%
Average Class Size10 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Purnell students are required to wear uniforms. A complete set of uniforms is $200 - $300 and typically includes a blazer, sweater or vest, white Oxford button down shirt, and a kilt.)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$57,835
Tuition Notes7-day Boarding Student Tuition: $57,835: 5-Day Boarding Student Tuition: $55,650; Day Student Tuition: $42,045; International Student Tuition: $61,085
% on Financial Aid
26%
Average Financial Aid Grant$22,000
Acceptance Rate
75%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorBeth A. Rainey

Sports

Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBallet, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Soccer, SoftballBalletBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
EquestrianSoccer,
Softball

Extracurriculars

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

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.
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