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Pingry Admission Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I Apply to The Pingry School?

Families must complete and submit the Admission Application online. We are requiring applications to be submitted online in keeping with Pingry's commitment to sustainability and the ease and reliability of this format. However, if you do not have access to a computer, please contact the appropriate Admission office:

Short Hills Campus (Grades K-5)

Sheila Ramirez
Associate Director of Admission
Director of Admission, Short Hills Campus


The Pingry School
50 Country Day Drive
Short Hills, NJ 07078
973-379-4550, ext. 1413 or 1416
sramirez@pingry.org
 Martinsville Campus (Grades 6-12)

Allison Brunhouse '00
Director of Admission & Enrollment



The Pingry School
131 Martinsville Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
908-647-5555, ext. 1274
abrunhouse@pingry.org

How do I receive information about The Pingry School?

Please submit our inquiry form and we will send you more information about upcoming admission events and our school. Additionally, we hope you find this website helpful in learning more about Pingry.

How do I arrange a visit to the school for my child and me?

A visit to the school for both parents and child is a required part of the application process that is scheduled once we receive your child’s application. If you are interested in visiting Pingry prior to submitting an application, call the appropriate Admission office to schedule a tour or attend our Open Houses or Exploratory Sessions. For additional information about these opportunities, please see Visit Pingry.

How do I get to campus?

You can find directions to both the Short Hills and Basking Ridge campuses here. Please note that your particular GPS or navigation system may not accurately recognize the Basking Ridge campus entrance using our new mailing address of 131 Martinsville Road. Most GPS systems recognize the address of the property across the street: 42 Liberty Corner Road, Warren NJ 07059.

Which colleges do students attend after Pingry?

The Pingry School is proud of our impressive list of college matriculation, but even more so, of the number and diversity of schools represented. Our College Counseling Office assists each family in finding a good fit for their student at the next level. To see which colleges and universities Pingry graduates are currently attending, you can download our College Profile by clicking here.

What is the tuition for The Pingry School? Are there any “hidden costs?"

For the complete description of tuition and additional fees by grade, see Tuition & Fees. Tuition fees are for the 2013-2014 academic year only. Additional fees typically range from $250-$3,000 depending on grade and student involvement.

Does Pingry offer scholarships or financial aid?

While The Pingry School does not offer academic, arts, or athletic scholarships, it does provide financial aid to families on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Pingry awards over $4 million in financial aid each year for students enrolled in Kindergarten through Grade 12. For further information, see Financial Aid.

I am not sure if I can afford Pingry or if my family will qualify for financial aid. What should I do?

If you are unsure whether you will qualify for financial aid, you may contact Dale Seabury, Director of Financial Aid & Assistant Director of Admission, for advice. From Pingry’s perspective, if you are unsure if you would qualify for aid but acknowledge that paying Pingry’s tuition and additional fees will be a financial hardship, you should go ahead and apply for aid. The process is confidential. See Financial Aid for more information.

What courses does Pingry offer? What is the curriculum like?

To learn all the details about our exciting curriculum, including our vast range of academic offerings with full course descriptions and outlines of course sequencing, please see our Curriculum Guide.

Does Pingry provide transportation?

We have partnered with Kensington Bus Company to address our transportation needs. For the 2013-2014 academic year, and thereafter, there will be three options for transportation: 1) Board of Education bus - if provided by your local school district, 2) Kensington Bus Company (908-429-1092 or kensingtonbus@pingry.org), and 3) transport your child(ren) yourself.

What kind of test must my child take to be considered for admission?

For specific details on which tests satisfy the application requirements, please refer to the division to which your child is applying: Lower School Admission, Middle School Admission or Upper School Admission. These tests provide helpful information in predicting the success of prospective students; however, test scores are only one part of the application. The application in its entirety – teacher recommendations, grades, the visit/interview and the test scores - is reviewed by the Admission Committee when it meets in February. It is important to note that the strength of an individual application will be determined by the strength of the applicant pool.

What towns do students typically come from?

School-wide, students come from 106 different communities throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Do most new students come from private schools?

This year, new students are coming to us from 53 different towns and 96 different schools, of which 68% are public and 32% private.

What is a typical class size?

Classes at our Short Hills campus are kept at sixteen children per class. At the Basking Ridge campus, class size can vary from one student to twenty; however, a typical class has about fifteen students.

How many applications do you receive? How many openings are there?

Typically, we receive four to five applications per opening.  Historical average openings are listed below for each grade level, although the actual number of applicants admitted may vary slightly from year to year.

Lower School

Kindergarten:  32 openings; two classes of 16 students

Grades 1-2:     Openings through attrition; two classes of 16 students

Grade 3:         16 openings; three classes of 16 students

Grade 4:         Openings through attrition; three classes of 16 students

Grade 5:         16 openings; five homerooms; four academic sections; departmentalized class of 16 students

Middle School

Grade 6:                     25-30 openings; average class size 15 students; grade size 90 students

Grade 7/Form I:          Openings through attrition; average class size 15 students; grade size 90 students

Grade 8/Form II:         Openings through attrition; average class size 15 students; grade size 90 students

Upper School

Grade 9/Form III:         40-45 openings; average class size 15 students; grade size 130 students

Grade 10/Form IV:        Openings through attrition; average class size 15 students; grade size 130 students

Grade 11/Form V:         Openings through attrition; average class size 15 students; grade size 130 students

Grade 12/Form VI:        No openings; average class size 15 students; grade size 130 students

What is your age cut-off for kindergarten?

A child must be five years old by September 1st of the year of kindergarten entry.

If my child is placed in a wait pool, and no opening becomes available, do we have to reapply the following year?

Yes, if your child has been placed in our wait pool for a particular academic year, he or she must reapply in any subsequent year, as critical information such as teacher recommendations and test scores must be updated.

are specific candidates given priority within the admission process?

The Admission Committees strive to admit, for each class, the most qualified academic students while creating a diverse community that is balanced in the following areas (in no particular order):

• Children of families new to Pingry, children of alumni, children of faculty and staff, and siblings of current students

• Gender

• Diversity in race, culture, religion, ethnicity and socioeconomic background

• In the Middle and Upper School Admission Committees, we balance our community with an eye to applicants' interests and talents in a variety of areas including the arts, athletics, leaderships and service.

Short Hills Campus (Lower School)
50 Country Day Drive
Short Hills, NJ 07078
P (973) 379 4550 | F (973) 379 1861
Basking Ridge Campus (Middle & Upper Schools)
131 Martinsville Road
Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
P (908) 647 5555 | F (908) 647 3703
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