Purnell School transforms the lives of young women who thrive in a smaller, nurturing school and those with learning differences. Purnell is an all-girls boarding and day school for grades 9-12 and post-graduate year.

For girls who learn differently, think “out of the box,” or have attention or executive functioning challenges, we are a haven of enrichment and equity of educational opportunities. For girls with school and/or home-based learning challenges who flourish in a small learning environment, we offer a student-centered academic program that provides experiences of success and builds girls’ confidence.

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

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.

Purnell is safely nestled amidst 83-acres of rolling hills, away from the distractions of the city yet close enough to take advantage of the cultural attractions on weekends. The Campus is secure and peaceful, and yet only one hour from New York City and two hours from Philadelphia. 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.