Going the Private School Route: Pingry School

by The Village Green
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Here at The Village Green, we provide wall-to-wall coverage of the South Orange-Maplewood School District, which educates more than 6,600 children in the towns from kindergarten through 12th grade.

However, some local parents do choose other options for their children’s education.

Village Green is profiling those options. Previously, we featured Montclair-Kimberley Academy in Montclair and Far Brook School in Short Hills. This week, the focus is on Pingry School in Short Hills and Basking Ridge.

Village Green will also be profiling individual schools in the South Orange-Maplewood School District.


Pingry School, private education with campuses in Short Hills and Basking Ridge

Pingry School, private education with campuses in Short Hills and Basking Ridge

Pingry School
Short Hills Campus (Lower School)
50 Country Day Drive
Short Hills, NJ 07078
(973) 379 4550

Basking Ridge Campus (Middle & Upper Schools)
131 Martinsville Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
(908) 647 5555

Headmaster: Nathaniel E. Conard

School Motto: “Maxima reverentia pueris debetur” — “Greatest respect is due students.”

Pingry was founded in 1861 in Elizabeth by Dr. John Francis Pingry. Pingry merged with the Short Hills Country Day School in 1974, and the first female students graduated in 1976.

Then, in 1983, Pingry’s Middle and Upper Schools moved to the current location in Basking Ridge. The Lower School campus remains in Short Hills.

The student body represents 108 communities across New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Pingry enrolls approximately 1,080 students in Kindergarten through grade 12.

A fundamental component of the school’s ethos, the Honor Code serves as the moral guidepost for every member of the Pingry community.

In addition to the “highest quality education,” Pingry offers enrichment in arts and physical education. Eighty percent of Upper School students participate in Pingry’s arts programs.

The athletics program emphasizes sportsmanship. Approximately 86 percent of Upper School students participate in a variety of sports on 55 varsity and junior varsity boys and girls teams.

Pingry offers a wide menu of travel experiences, including post-graduate Gap Year placement. International school partnerships and exchanges include China: Quzhou No. 2 School, Ecuador: El Liceo de Loja, Guatemala: Experiencias Interculturales Program, and Senegal: Lycée Français Jean Mermoz.

Pingry accepts applicants for grades Kindergarten, grades two, three, four, five, six and nine.

Openings in other grades are possible only through attrition.

On average, the Pingry Admission Offices receive five applications for each opening.

Pingry offers financial aid to students in all grades; $4 million is awarded annually. All students in grades one – 12 participate in Pingry’s school program, which costs $1154.

Tuition rates for 2013-14 are:

Grades K-5 $29,509

Grades 6-8 $33,280

Grades 9-12 $34,714

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