Discover the best of yourself.

Purnell School transforms the lives of young women
who thrive in a smaller, nurturing school.

For girls who think “out of the box” or learn differently, we are an empowering community of enrichment, leadership, and equity of educational opportunities.
We offer a student-centered academic program that provides experiences of success and builds girls’ personal agency to learn and lead.

At Purnell, we enable each girl to be herself —
to explore her interests, discover her strengths,
and find the confidence to succeed in the world beyond Purnell.

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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Academic Blog

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