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Purnell School transforms the lives of motivated young women who learn differently.

At Purnell, intellectual curiosity and student support are never mutually exclusive. Through our proprietary Learning and Wellness® approach, expert faculty integrate educational rigor, academic support, and social and emotional wellness.

We are a safe, nurturing, and empowering community of enrichment, leadership, and equity of educational opportunities. At Purnell, we enable each girl to be her best self — to explore her interests, discover her strengths, and find the confidence to succeed in the world beyond Purnell.  

Purnell, A World of Difference.

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Back in February, we announced that Purnell's Board of Trustees made the difficult decision
to close the school at the end of the academic year due to ongoing challenges related to
enrollment and financial sustainability. We chose to act while we were in a position to ensure a
thoughtful and carefully managed transition for our students as well as for our faculty and staff,
which has been our focus for the past four months.

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Boarding and day school will cease operations at the end of the academic year

Purnell School, the only college preparatory boarding and day school for motivated girls who learn differently, today announced it will cease operations on June 30, 2021, at the end of the current academic year. The board of trustees of the independent, not-for-profit private school, which played an important role in the lives of many young women over its 57-year history, made the difficult decision based on challenges related to the competitive landscape.

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We understand that students are as likely to discover a driving interest or passion outside the classroom as in it and tailor our program to meet the interests of our students. A host of traditions and celebrations also make the Purnell experience memorable.

A Truly Remarkable Location

Purnell is safely nestled away from the distractions of the city yet close enough to take advantage of the cultural attractions on weekends. The location is truly remarkable; close to the excitement and intellectual vibrancy of metropolitan areas yet removed enough to create a safe, reflective and inspirational atmosphere where girls thrive.

Nestled Amidst 83-acres of rolling hills

The Campus is secure and peaceful, and yet only one hour from New York City and two hours from Philadelphia Schedule a Visit