The Pennington School
|The Pennington School|
|112 West Delaware Avenue
Pennington, NJ 08534
Day and Boarding
|Motto||Only The Excellent|
|Head of School||Stephanie G. Townsend|
|Faculty||89.1 (on FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||5.4:1|
|Campus||54 acres (220,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Black and Red|
|Affiliation||United Methodist Church|
Coordinates: The Pennington School is a selective, private (independent), coeducational college preparatory school for day and boarding students in grades 6 through 12, located in Pennington, New Jersey, a small community midway between New York City and Philadelphia in the northeastern United States. The Head of School is Stephanie "Penny" Townsend.
Pennington is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools, and the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1930.
- 1 History
- 2 Academics
- 3 Visual and Performing Arts
- 4 Athletics
- 5 Clubs and Activities
- 6 Center for Learning
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 References
- 9 External links
The Pennington School was founded in 1838 during the Second Great Awakening as the Methodist Episcopal Male Seminary, a college preparatory school for boys, in order to secure “the education of the physical, the training of the mental, and the grounding of the soul in character.” Pennington officially became a coeducational institution, The Pennington Seminary and Female Collegiate Institute, in the fall of 1854. In March 1910, Pennington would again become a school for boys, reverting to the name Pennington Seminary. Shortly afterwards, the school's name evolved to its present form, sometimes with the addition of "for Boys." It was not until 1972 that Pennington once again became a coeducational institution. In 1975, the Center for Learning, one of the nation's leading secondary school programs for children with learning disabilities, was created within the school to serve a small number of students.
The Pennington School offers a vigorous curriculum for students with strong academic ability and the desire to build a record of personal achievement appropriate for admission into some of the country's most demanding colleges and universities. Middle school students have their own faculty dedicated to teaching children of this age (sixth through eighth grade). Courses include: Algebra, American History and Government Applications, Art-o-Rama, Computer Skills, Earth Science, English, French, Geometry, German, Global Perspectives, Health, Humanities, Latin, Life Science, Math, Music, Physical Science, Spanish, Technology, Writer's Studio, and many elective offerings. Upper School students are expected to seek personal excellence academically, socially, physically, and artistically. They work closely with their advisors to create a challenging curriculum that helps them to grow as learners. Upper School students are offered a full range of both Honors and Advanced Placement courses.
Visual and Performing Arts
The Arts Department offers rich and varied courses and activities in drama, music, and the visual arts for both Middle School and Upper School students. Students embrace their own creativity and gain a lifelong appreciation for the creativity of others.
Music courses include: Chorus, Composition, Handbell Ensemble, Instrumental Ensemble, Jazz Band, Keyboard, Music History, Music Theory, Orchestra, Pennington Singers, Pit Band, and Vocal Ensemble.
Drama courses include: Acting Shakespeare, Advanced Drama, Foundations in Drama, Public Speaking, Puppetry & Performance, Respect for Acting, Small Group Dynamics, and Stagecrafts.
Visual Art courses include: Adobe Photoshop, Advanced Black & White Darkroom Skills, Alternative Processes, Ceramics, Digital Photography, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, and Video Production.
The Pennington School competes in the Patriot Conference, which includes the Gill St. Bernard's School, the Ranney School, the Purnell School, Stuart Country Day School, Wardlaw-Hartridge School, Timothy Christian School, Princeton Day School, and Saddle River Day School. In addition. Pennington competes regularly against The Peddie School, the Hun School of Princeton, and Lawrenceville School.
The Pennington School is home to one of the country's longest-running football programs. Pennington Football competes in the Independence League, which is a league consisting of small schools from Pennsylvania and New Jersey; including Bristol, Academy of the New Church, Lower Moreland, Jenkintown, and Springfield Township.
In recent seasons, The Pennington School has sent multiple players to both Division I FBS and FCS schools; including Boston College, University of Maryland, North Carolina State, Indiana University The College of William and Mary, Towson, and New Hampshire.
Pennington’s Ice Hockey tradition dates back to 1996–97, when a group of students were successful in starting a team. The Red Raiders play in the competitive Independent Hockey League, in which they were league champions in 2009. Traditions include an annual game against the rival Hopewell Bulldogs, in which fans from both sides come out to support their team. They also hold an annual alumni game during the weekend following Thanksgiving. The team is led by head coach Ryan Bailey. Bailey also plays an active role in USA Hockey select camps.
Pennington's Girls Soccer team has established itself as perennial powerhouse and one of the top high school soccer programs in the nation. In 2008 the Pennington Girl's Soccer Team finished the season with an undefeated record of 18-0, and was ranked as the consensus #1 team in the United States according to ESPN RISE and the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. During that season they captured their 6th consecutive NJSIAA Prep A State Title and their 2nd consecutive Mercer County Tournament Championship, and won their seventh straight Prep A title in the 2009 season. Over the past few seasons, Pennington has sent numerous student-athletes to play at college level at both the Division I and Division III level.
Captured the 2009 Prep B State tournament. The team competed in the 2010 Prep A State tournament and lost to the top ten nationally ranked team, Saint Benedict's Preparatory School 1-0. The team has sent recent players to Division I and Division III soccer programs.
The boys team placed 1st at the 2010 N.J. Prep Patriot Championship Meet, 4th at Mercer County Tournament, and won their second NJSIAA “B” State Tournament. The girls team won the Patriot Championship, placed 2nd at MCT’s and won their 9th consecutive NJSIAA “B” State Championship. Recent Pennington swimmers have gone on to compete at Division I and Division III colleges and universities.
Captured the 2009 and 2010 Mercer County Tournament Championship and the 2010 and 2013 Prep B State Championship.
Girls – 2008 Patriot Conference Champions and 2008 Prep B State Champions
Boys – 2003, 2005, 2009, 2010 Patriot Conference Champions
Recent Pennington track participants have gone on to compete at the Division I and Division III level at The University of Texas, Lafayette, West Point, McDaniel, St. Lawrence, Wheaton, TCNJ, and Dickinson.
Clubs and Activities
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Center for Learning
The Center for Learning, founded in 1975, provides a program of academic support for bright students with learning disabilities. In addition to preparing students for college-level study, the program has three objectives. A central goal is to identify each student’s educational difficulties and to address them through individually tailored academic supports and accommodations. A second goal is to help the student fully participate in the School’s traditional college preparatory curriculum. The third goal is for most students to transition out of the Center for Learning classes before graduation from Pennington and to achieve the independence and confidence that will assure their success in college.
- Rudy Boschwitz (born 1930, class of 1947): United States Senator, former chairman National Republican Senatorial Committee.
- Stephen Crane (1871-1900, class of 1887): Writer (never graduated). Author of "The Red Badge of Courage" and "Maggie: A Girl of the Streets."
- John Franklin Fort (1852–1920), 33rd Governor of New Jersey, from 1908-1911.
- William Mastrosimone (1966), Playwright.
- James Fowler Rusling (Valedictorian, Class of 1852) Brigadier general in the American Civil War, author of "Men and Things I Saw in the Civil War Days", "Across America", and "European Days and Ways".
- The Pennington School Begins 170th Academic Year, The Pennington School press release dated September 12, 2007. Accessed October 24, 2007. "Students and their families had numerous opportunities to interact with Head of School Townsend and other members of the faculty and administration."
- The Pennington School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 19, 2011.
- The Pennington School, National Association of Independent Schools. Accessed June 19, 2011.
- School Search, New Jersey Association of Independent Schools. Accessed June 19, 2011.
- Listing of ADVIS member schools, Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools. Accessed June 19, 2011.
- Pre-Collegiate Schools, General Board of Higher Education and Ministry of the United Methodist Church. Accessed June 19, 2011.
- Pennington School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 19, 2011.
- "The Pennington School". The Independent. Jul 20, 1914. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
- O'Gorman, George. "Washington was best among prep stars", The Trentonian, December 8, 2009. Accessed June 19, 2011. "Pennington, the best program in the state for most of this decade, had the five girls who led it to another Mercer County Tournament title and a seventh consecutive Prep A state crown earn first team honors."
- Rudy Bochwitz, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed May 14, 2007. "BOSCHWITZ, Rudolph Eli (Rudy), a Senator from Minnesota; born in Berlin, Germany, November 7, 1930; attended the public schools in New Rochelle, N.Y., and The Pennington School in Pennington, N.J."
- Stephen Crane profile, About.com, accessed May 14, 2007. "Crane wrote his first short story, "Uncle Jake and the Bell Handle," in 1885, which was the year he enrolled in Pennington Seminary, where he stayed until 1887."
- New Jersey John Franklin Fort, National Governors Association. Accessed September 30, 2007.
- Saltzman, Simon. "Playwrighting for a Cause", U.S. 1 Newspaper, October 8, 2003. Accessed May 14, 2007. "A native of the Trenton area, Mastrosimone says he caught the writing bug when he was a student at Pennington Prep."
- Lee, Francis Bazley. . Accessed June 30, 2008.
- The Pennington School website
- History of The Pennington School
- Data for The Pennington School, National Center for Education Statistics