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Discover the best of yourself.

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.

Meet Our Students

Alex playing soccer

“I discovered how I will grow as a person.”

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Karlie in auditorium

“I discovered my confidence."

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“I discovered me, the artist.”

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“I discovered that it's ok to step outside my comfort zone.”

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“I discovered that I love to dance the Pas De Chat.”

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    Sometimes a burden is so great, it must be shared. We are moved to express our sadness and outrage at the killings of George Floyd and too many other black Americans and the consequent riots in Minneapolis and so many other cities across our nation. I want to share my thoughts and the action steps we will take as a community early next week. Our country is already in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, a disease that's disproportionately hitting communities of color and exposing the racial disparities that plague our nation.

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    Hannah Castoro, Dance and Theatre Faculty

    Movement Studies activity to support cognitive functioning through creative movement and collaborative exercises. Creative movement uses a variety of cognitive skills that engage multiple intelligences

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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.
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    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