why choose purnell?
weâ€™ll tell you why.
your success matters to all of us Purnell welcomes each girl into our community and gives her the gift of discovering what she is truly great at doing. We believe every student has a true talent to share with the world. At Purnell, girls discover their talents and learn to solve problems creatively. Here, everyone experiences success and the confidence that comes with it.
we are a national model of excellence
you can be yourself here
The Affinities Program
Our founders, Lytt and Sis Gould, opened Purnell on the
Purnell’s award-winning Affinities Program® stems from the belief that building on a student’s unique strengths is the best way to help her grow into the person she was meant to become. This program focuses on integrating the ninth grade students into the strengths-based community at Purnell, and offers continuous follow-up for tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grade students in order to guide
premise that a small community where everyone is known and valued is the best way to educate young women. At Purnell, we celebrate the individual and accept differences. Girls are able to take risks and grow. Each girl will have a place of importance in the school, receive extra help and encouragement when needed, and develop a unique understanding of what allows her to thrive.
them during their high school careers and lead them to
Purnell serves a wide range of students. Some come to us
successful paths in college. The program incorporates real
seeking the extra attention provided by a small school setting,
life career education through summer internships, our
some are attracted to the structure and programs we offer
Career Speakers series, and Diversity and Wellness seminars
to help girls succeed, and some have felt underserved in
with the belief that “You don’t go to school to be better at
larger schools. We welcome motivated students with mild
school; you go to school to be better at life.”
learning differences. Here they find the strategies and confidence to move beyond labels and toward learning
21st Century Learning
success. Whatever the reason, we both challenge and
Our mission is to discover the different learning styles of
support each student in order for her to attain her goals.
each student so that she can reach her full potential. Purnell School combines innovative programs with state-of-the-art
Purnell students come from an array of states and
resources to promote an optimal learning experience in the
countries, which adds to the richness of diversity on our
classroom. Each student has an individual goal plan to
campus. They are girls with positive character traits and
provide academic support as well as enrichment, tailored to
engaging personalities who enjoy group activities and
her particular needs. Teachers are skilled in the integration of
treasure school traditions. Friendships formed here last
student strengths, technology, and engaging content to foster
creativity and critical thinking across the curriculum. With access to tools like interactive whiteboards, iPods and iPads, and a variety of multimedia software, students and teachers are able to experience hands-on what learning means in the 21st Century.
Advising Each student at Purnell has an advisor with whom she meets weekly one on one. Discussions range from classes and time management to dorms and friendships and result in strong student-teacher relationships. The advisor is the student’s advocate, mentor, point-person and touchstone during her years at Purnell. The advisor also supports her
feel on a daily basis that “Iwhat I do in the classrooms, on the fields, and in the dorms is making a difference in the lives of so many young women here.
William Warlick, Director of Athletics and History Teacher
as she pursues her affinities. All advisors meet as a group weekly to discuss and plan for the needs of each student.
you wonâ€™t fall through the cracks
there are no back rows
Adapting our teaching methods to student needs is only
You wonâ€™t find desks in rows at Purnell. Our average
part of the story. We focus our attention on each student
class size is twelve. Our classroom methods support and
in a myriad of ways to understand her learning style.
challenge students in a way that is geared to what works
We then tailor a comprehensive program to help her
best for girls. Our courses maintain a strong commitment
achieve. Along the way, we continue to adapt and change
to project-based learning, where students work in teams
this program to assure each student is on the right path.
to explore real-world problems and create presentations to share what they have learned. Our teachers consistently
Counseling and Nursing Our health center has nurses on staff and manages appointments for students who seek counseling off campus. We support girls through all the normal transitions of adolescent life.
adapt teaching techniques and structure course work to help each student learn in her own way. The curriculum is college preparatory and designed to challenge students to think and problem solve in creative ways as well as
English as a Second Language An immersion language program is offered for students for whom English is a second language. There is also an opportunity to participate in our Literacy Skills class as well as other activities to help students improve their English. Extra Help Structured time is available each day when teachers invite students to meet with them for one-on-one assistance or review of class material. Learning and Enrichment Center (LEC) The Learning and Enrichment Center assists students to reach their full potential. The LEC works with the studentsâ€™ Individual Goal Coordinator to combine innovative programs and state-ofthe-art resources in order to promote an optimal learning experience for each student. Seminars Each student has a seminar period that rotates through her schedule. Some seminars offered are diversity, wellness, affinities, and college counseling and transitions; some days this period may be used as a study hall. Students may also choose a seventh academic class instead of a study hall. Supervised Study Hall Students attend a monitored study session each evening.
express themselves clearly.
you can express yourself through the arts
athletics help to build self-esteem
The arts are an integral part of our education. Research has
Our athletic program encourages every girl to discover
proven that students who are involved in the arts are more
herself as an athlete. With competitive team sports each
motivated, more engaged, more sensitive, more focused,
season and a variety of non-competitive sports, girls have
more creative, and more responsible. With that in mind,
many opportunities to challenge themselves individually
our program offers a deep and broad experience in both the
as well as to be a member of a team. The Moran Athletic
studio and performing arts. Our faculty, many of whom are
Center is a state of the art facility with a large gymnasium,
professional artists themselves, have a talent for bringing
exercise and work out rooms, and dance studio.
out each student’s creative potential. Our well-equipped arts facilities, The Johnson Art Center and The Carney Center for the Performing Arts, are lively focal points of student life during the school day, evening, and weekends throughout the year.
Sports help girls to develop self-esteem and an appreciation for fitness. More than 50% of our students choose to play on interscholastic teams, which compete with nearby independent schools.
All students participate in a two and a half week intensive study, Project Exploration. One of the major offerings is
Production, in which students combine their talents in act-
Varies from year to year
ing, dancing, singing, technical crew, and costume design to
launch a major musical performance. Other offerings dur-
ing Project Exploration include: an art offering, early child-
hood teaching, animal behavior, interior design, and even
opportunities to travel – both domestically and abroad.
These offerings vary year to year.
Tennis High/Low Ropes Course
Throughout the year, professional artists, from jazz musicians to classical pianists to storytellers, perform in the Carney Center for the Performing Arts. It is the performances, however, by our own student groups – Shoots and Strawberries singing group, Dance Synthesis, and Adlibbers acting troupe —that earn the warmest applause.
A Sampling of Arts Courses
“I never knew I would love basketball so much. Purnell
Varies from year to year
Sounds of Music
All That Jazz and Tap
gave me the confidence to go out there and try a
Tammy, Class of 2012
we prepare everyone for college
you will build lasting friendships
Preparation for life after Purnell begins the moment a student
arrives. Our total approach to education contributes to the development of self-directed learners and thinkers, good writers and public speakers, and ultimately, confident young women fully prepared for life’s challenges. As the student learns about her affinities, the college
We believe the residential program may be the most effective educational experience in the transformation of an adolescent girl into a healthy, confident woman. Friendships made on campus are friendships made for life. Three guidelines are the basis of conduct at our school:
counselor helps her discover schools that are a good match
Use of Common Sense
based on these strengths. In their junior year, each student
Truthfulness in All Relations
takes a class focusing on the college admission process.
Consideration of Others
The college counselor meets with the student and her family
As the standard for student life in the dormitories,
to discuss options, crystallize ideas, and construct a list
these principles guide students to participate in a positive
of prospective colleges.
and respectful community. Our air-conditioned dorms are secured by a Keyscan® security system and each dorm room is wired for internet access and telephone service.
Weekends Weekends at Purnell are full of a wide variety of activities both on and off campus. These activities are a continuation of the learning and growth that occurs both in the classroom and in the residence halls. Some examples of weekend activities are:
A Broadway show in New York City
A dance at a boys’ school
Crafts and games on campus
Ski and snowboarding trip in the Poconos
Football game at Rutgers University
Hoboken Arts and Musical Festival
New York Yankees game
Museums and shopping in Philadelphia and New York City
Movies, Starbucks and mall trips
Amusement park trips
Our Campus G Main: Admissions Office, Administration G Dorms: Boynton, Custis and Gould G Baker Dining Hall G Moran Athletic Center G Carney Center for the Performing Arts G Gardner Classroom Building G Stringfellow Library G Johnson Arts Center
this is a place to call home
we offer the best of both worlds
A variety of special traditions bring meaning and ritual
Purnell School is situated on 83 acres amid the rolling
to the community. These, coupled with the large number
meadows and gentle hills of the Pottersville Valley in
of faculty, their children and pets that live on campus,
New Jersey. We feel fortunate to live in such a secure
make Purnell feel just like home!
and peaceful environment and still be less than an hour from New York City, and less that two from Philadelphia. Class trips and weekend excursions to these cities and other destinations enrich our cultural and historical perspectives.
â€œThe best thing about Purnell is that we have a terrific campus and access to everything
the city has to offer.
Charlotte, Class of 2014
come, take a look. At Purnell, our three guidelines: Use of Common Sense, Truthfulness in All Relations, and Consideration of Others, added to three basic directives: sustained effort, commitment to honest relationships, and high expectations for all students equal three outcomes: a future where each student understands what she can do best, an ability to take that knowledge and find success, and the character to build a meaningful life.
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New York City
LaGuardia Airport 90 minutes
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Office of Admissions
PO Box 500
51 Pottersville Road
Pottersville, NJ 07979
51 Pottersville Road P.O. Box 500 Pottersville, NJ 07979 (908) 439-2154 www.purnell.org
Published on Jan 24, 2012