Purnell School

Purnell is an all-girls boarding and day school for grades 9-12 and post-graduate year located one hour from NYC and two hours from Philadelphia. 

For girls with Dyslexia, ADHD, and other language and attention-based learning differences, we are a haven. For girls with school and home-based learning challenges who thrive in a small learning environment or for whom English might not be their first language, we are their match.

Here, we enable you to be yourself—to explore your passions, discover your strengths, and find confidence to succeed in the world.

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For girls with dyslexia, dysgraphia or dyscalculia, we provide specialized instruction and learning support to bolster your reading, writing and math skills, including Orton-Gillingham language training.

For girls with ADHD and other attention-based learning differences, or Executive Functioning struggles, we can coach you through the planning, prioritizing and time management process. 

Girls with school and home-based learning challenges who thrive in a small learning environment will appreciate our small classroom size and one-on-one advisor program.

And for girls for whom English might not be their first language, we can help you with your English immersion while also supporting you in your courses.


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Purnell is located amid the rolling meadows and gentle hills of Pottersville, New Jersey. It's an idyllic school setting -- secure and peaceful, surrounded by horses and historic villages, with easy access to the vibrancy of two major metropolitan areas, just an hour from New York City and two hours from Philadelphia.

Purnell provides a small, caring environment where you can pursue a highly individualized education, and grow into the student and the woman you have the potential to be.

School History

Year Founded: 1963
Founders: Carroll A. Boynton, Lyttleton B. P. Gould, Mary (Sis) Krech Gould, Ward L. Johnson, Jr., and Ethel G. Stringfellow
Number of Alumnae: 1,375 


All girls boarding and day school
5-and 7-day boarding program
Grades 9-12 and post-graduate year

Leadership Information

Robert B. Cunningham
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, B.S. Education
Teachers College, Columbia University, 

M.A. School Leadership
Ed. M. Learning Disabilities

Anne M. Glass
Wellesley College, B.A. Economics
Teachers College, Columbia University, 

Ed. M. Reading & Learning Disabilities


(908) 439-4100

Student Body Demographics

Total Enrollment: 70
Boarding: 85%
Day: 15%
Students of Color: 25%
International Students: 20%
States Represented: 8
Countries Represented: 9
Past Countries Represented: 34 
Percentage of Students on Financial Aid: 35%
Percentage of Students Accepted to College: 100%

Learning Support

1:1 support for Reading and Writing 
1:1 support for Math & Science
1:1 Executive Functioning Coaching 

School Counselor
Educational Psychologist

Faculty and Staff

Number of Faculty and Staff: 40
Student/Faculty Ratio: 4:1


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
New Jersey Association of Independent Schools

Organization Name: Purnell School
Address 1: 51 Pottersville Road / P. O. Box 500
Address 2:
City, State, Zip: Pottersville, New Jersey  
Type: Private
Number of Students: 58
Lowest Grade: 9
Highest Grade:
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