‘I want all students to believe in the idea that their Pennington education prepares them to give back to the world rather than giving them a leg up on getting ahead in the world.” –Dr. William S. Hawkey, Headmaster, on September 6, 2014, during The Pennington School’s Convocation ceremony
The Pennington School is an independent, coeducational school for students in grades 6 through 12, in both day and boarding programs. The school is currently at full enrollment, with 488 students from six states and 12 countries. The challenging curriculum is college preparatory, with a strong emphasis on fostering the development of the whole student through academics, athletics, community service, and the creative and performing arts. Within the curriculum there are also small programs for international students and for bright students with language-based learning differences.
Faculty members focus not only on what they can teach the students, but also on what the varied perspectives of the student body may contribute to the entire educational experience. The faculty is unreservedly committed to their students and to helping each of them achieve their best work, whether that is in a classroom, on a stage, in an athletic practice or game, or in service to others.
Developing strong habits of mind. Now, more than ever, students must be prepared for the challenges of a rapidly changing world. In front of the Meckler Library, three benches display the words “Honor, Virtue, and Humility” — a phrase created by Pennington’s legendary headmaster, Francis Harvey Green. This motto encapsulates all that a Pennington education represents.
Pennington teachers work hard to make sure that their students become ethical and well-educated young adults: people who are globally aware, work collaboratively, think critically, and communicate effectively, and who are engaged in their communities.
The Pennington School community is one built on mutual responsibility and trust, where personal ethics and moral behavior are emphasized. Pennington students are people who think for themselves, who care deeply about discovery and learning, and who have an eye on the future.
Over 175 Years of Excellence in Education. Founded in 1838, The Pennington School values both tradition and innovation, applying the values gleaned from centuries of learning, along with the most up-to-date knowledge, to a rapidly changing world.
At Pennington, tradition means that the school’s founding principles endure: “the education of the physical, the training of the mental, and the grounding of the soul in character.” John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, envisioned schools as places that cared for the whole individual. At Pennington, teachers continue to believe that the real purpose of education is not just to fill students with information but to enable them to think.
Although the school remains connected with the United Methodist Church, it welcomes students from all faith traditions as well as those without such a background. Weekly chapel services are nonsectarian.
Tradition also means the school has a long history of embracing international students, admitting students of all races and religions, welcoming women in the 1850s, and recognizing that students with learning differences have the same academic aptitude as their peers but simply learn differently.
Innovation is possible because of a close community of creative, energetic individuals who see more than one path forward. Combining the school’s core values of honor, virtue, and humility with its resources creates unique opportunities for personal growth and achievement. Pennington is committed to serious academic endeavor but is not limited to it. Pennington wants its students to take risks, to explore all that the school has to offer and to find out what truly inspires them.
“Be prepared to be challenged here, be ready to take a risk, embrace a failure or adversity, help each other, learn about a culture different from your own, experience the joy of helping someone not as fortunate as you, and do them all in a place that continues to believe that all things are possible.” — Dr. William S. Hawkey, Headmaster
The Pennington School is holding its open house program on Sunday, October 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. This provides prospective students and their families the opportunity to visit classes, take a tour, and meet the faculty and coaches, including headmaster Dr. William S. Hawkey. To register or find out more information, please visit the School’s website at www.pennington.org.
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