Purnell at a Glance

School History

Year Founded: 1963
Founders: Carroll A. Boynton, Lyttleton B. P. Gould, Mary (Sis) Krech Gould, Ward L. Johnson, Jr., and Ethel G. Stringfellow
Number of Alumnae: 1,375


All girls boarding and day school
5-and 7-day boarding program
Grades 9-12 and post-graduate year

Head of School Information

Dr. Jeff P. Beedy, 7th Head of School
BS: University of Maine
EdM: Harvard University
EdD: Harvard University

Student Body Demographics

Total Enrollment: 70
Boarding: 85%
Day: 15%
Students of Color: 25%
International Students: 20%
States Represented: 8
Countries Represented: 9
Past Countries Represented: 34
Percentage of Students on Financial Aid: 35%
Percentage of Students Accepted to College: 100%

Learning Enrichment Center

Orton-Gillingham 1:1 support for dyslexia and/or dysgraphia
1:1 executive functioning coaching
1:1 math support for dyscalculia

Faculty and Staff

Number of Faculty and Staff: 40
Student/Faculty Ratio: 4:1


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools

Why Purnell?

Read more about The Purnell Difference.

Our Founding Guidelines

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


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