Residential Life
At Our All Girls
Boarding School


Purnell School is first and foremost a community.

Residential life is a vital and exciting part of your Purnell boarding school experience in New Jersey. Here, you’ll feel right at home in our family-like community.

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students at Purnell dorms

We’ll nurture your growth and celebrate your individuality while building the independence and self-reliance you’ll need in college and beyond.

Our private boarding school has three dorms provide a comfortable, supportive, and meaningful living experience. Dorm parents provide a caring adult presence, and will encourage you to manage your own time and activities. Every evening, you’ll enjoy free time in the common areas, and in the student café and dining hall. It doesn’t take long for friendships to form in our close-knit, family atmosphere.


Students in Baker Dining Hall

The Baker Dining Hall is a hub of activity. Centrally located on campus, the Dining Hall serves three meals a day during the week, and brunch and dinner on the weekends when school is in session.

Students and faculty are placed in assigned seating for weekday lunches and dinners so that every adult gets a chance to meet every student on campus.

We use SAGE Dining Services, the leading provider of campus dining for independent schools. Vegetarian and vegan options are available at every meal.


View our SAGE Dining menus.


Student Gift Baskets

Choose from a variety of gift baskets from SAGE to help your student celebrate a festive occasion or to simply bring her a smile when she may be homesick or needs a pick-me-up! Order Student Gift Baskets online.



students in a canoe

There’s always a variety of weekend activities, both on and off campus. These activities are a continuation of the learning and growth that occurs in the classroom and in the dorms, and a valuable time for building personal friendships and school unity.

Recent weekend activities include:

  • Museums, shows, sports and shopping in NYC & Philly
  • Dances at boys’ schools
  • Crafts & games on campus
  • Ski & snowboarding trips
  • Rutgers University football
  • Amusement park trips
  • Prom
  • Movies, Starbucks & mall trips



Hear Oghogho's Story

Meet Oghogho

New Jersey/12th Grade

"Before Purnell, I never thought of attending a boarding school. I was just too intimidated. But learning to adapt in a new environment has made me more confident, more independent. I've pushed myself to try new things -- like student government and theatre!"

Surprise someone special by sending her a gift basket!

Choose from a variety of Gift Baskets from SAGE Dining to help celebrate a festive occasion or pick-me-up.

Ask us about these Purnell Traditions:

  • Senior Speeches
  • Teapot Challenge
  • Red & Blue Competitions
  • 9s & 12s Breakfast
  • The Day That Won’t Be Named
  • Senior Class Weekend

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