About This School
In 2010, Purnell School had 5 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The New Jersey average is 13 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Purnell School Reviews
My daughter entered Purnell in 2007 as a boarding freshman. The focus was to treat each girl with an individual overview, helping to focus on learning differences and to strengthen her skills. The first year was amazing, teaching staff and advisors were wonderful. By junior year it had significantly gone downhill insofar as helping each individual and focusing on strengthening each girls' abilities. The Headmistress was gone with no explanation, (who, by the way was dynamic), staff left, were dismissed, teachers were moved around, it became chaotic and confusing to the students and parents. Rather than strengthening my daughter as an individual, I had to hire a tutor to help with a certain subject where the teacher was of no help whatsoever. Dorms were out of control, dorm parents were almost invisible, discipline was drastic. After we removed her from the school voluntarily, I came to find out that Purnell, claiming to help with learning differences, and learning disabilities did not have one teacher certified in Special Education. Please take a long and hard look before committing your hard earned money in this direction
I truly love this school, it looks to be absolutely amazing. I haven't gone there yet to study but I will be and I hate how everyone says it is not good, it seems rather perfect to me with the perfect amount of dance, sports, and academics.
Boarding school is not for everyone - but it has it's advantages. My daughter has been able to take leadership roles that she may not have pursued in a coed school. She has been able to focus on her work, and recently scored a 1700 on her SAT. The Purnell program is challenging, if the student chooses to take advantage of it. Unlike some other private schools, there are students of differing academic abilities at Purnell But at Purnell, unlike some other private schools, everyone can get the help they need.
The fact that the school does not tolerate drugs or any other imappropriate behavior is a plus. I would be more concerned if the school did not suspend girls who behaved badly.
Purnell school has gone down hill, Honestly the classes are way to easy and not academic enough. Personally I enrolled in the school for a better education thinking it was mainstream not once did they mention they where special educational. Think twice before applying here. The girls who attended are not the nicest and majority of the school has gotten in trouble, just in this year over 15 students have been suspended and 3 are not allowed back. The teachers gossip a much as the students. I am a very bright and intelligent girl, since coming to purnell I have not been able to excel. Do not send your daughter to the school you are setting her up for years of depression.