About

Purnell School transforms the lives of young women with learning differences.

Purnell is an all-girls boarding and day school for grades 9-12 and post-graduate year located one hour from NYC and two hours from Philadelphia.

For girls with dyslexia, ADHD, and other language and attention-based learning differences, we are a haven. For girls with school and home-based learning challenges who thrive in a small learning environment or for whom English might not be their first language, we are their match.

Here, we enable you to be yourself—to explore your passions, discover your strengths, and find confidence to succeed in the world.

Why we love Purnell: Purnell students answer your questions

Individualized Learning

For girls with dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia, we provide specialized instruction and learning support to bolster your reading, writing and math skills, including Orton-Gillingham language training.

For girls with ADHD and other attention-based learning differences, or Executive Functioning struggles, we can coach you through the planning, prioritizing and time management process.

Girls with school and home-based learning challenges who thrive in a small learning environment will appreciate our small classroom size and one-on-one advisor program.

And for girls for whom English might not be their first language, we can help you with your English immersion while also supporting you in your courses.

Safe Living & Learning Environment

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Purnell is located amid the rolling meadows and gentle hills of Pottersville, New Jersey. It's an idyllic school setting -- secure and peaceful, surrounded by horses and historic villages, with easy access to the vibrancy of two major metropolitan areas, just an hour from New York City and two hours from Philadelphia.

Purnell provides a small, caring environment where you can pursue a highly individualized education, and grow into the student and the woman you have the potential to be.


How students learn differently

Some girls need to discover success in ways not provided by large, traditional high schools. Read more about learning differences, and ways that Purnell can help.

Well-prepared and highly confident, 100 percent of Purnell girls are accepted to college.

Our Founding Guidelines

  • Consideration of Others
  • Use of Common Sense
  • Truthfulness in all Relations
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