Mission & Vision

Our Mission

Purnell is a girls’ college preparatory boarding and day school where girls with learning differences can flourish. The school serves girls from grade 9 through 12 and also offers a one year post graduate program.

Our Vision

Purnell School exists to ensure girls discover their untapped strengths and potential, so that they are transformed into confident women.


Our Founding Guidelines

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


Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Purnell School strongly believes that the promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion aligns with our founding principles: Truthfulness in All Relations, Consideration of Others, and Use of Common Sense. Furthermore, we believe that cultural competency is critical as we seek to educate and prepare our students for a dynamic and global world. Purnell School strives to create a community environment that is affirming and inclusive, where each member feels safe and valued. To that end, Purnell School strives to embrace difference. Purnell School recognizes and defines diversity broadly, including (but not limited to) age, ethnicity, family structure, learning differences, gender identity, national origin, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic background. It is the school’s expectation that all members of the Purnell Community will commit to this diversity philosophy. Purnell School believes that it is crucial to promote a culturally rich, intellectually diverse living and learning community in which we provide a curriculum that reflects multiple cultures and connectedness. 



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"Purnell is like a home. Here, teachers are not only teachers; they are our dorm parents and coaches. And everyone knows each other so well like sisters."