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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pingry?

Pingry is a K-12, co-ed, independent day school in Short Hills and Basking Ridge, New Jersey, of over 1,100 students, all guided by its historic Honor Code. (Not to be confused with the Pingree School in Massachusetts!) 

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. For families applying to our Short Hills Campus, email For families applying to our Basking Ridge Campus, email

How can I receive information about The Pingry School?

Please submit our online information request 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.

Do you have an age cut off for students applying to Kindergarten?

Yes, applicants must be 5 years old by September 1 in the year they will begin Kindergarten.

How do I get to campus?

Directions to both campuses can be found here.
Additional information about upcoming events can be found here.

How many applications does Pingry receive?

Typically, we receive four to five applications per opening.

What is Pingry's tuition? Are there hidden costs?

For the complete description of tuition and additional fees by grade, visit the Tuition & Value page. We seek to minimize additional fees; however they typically range from $250-$3,000 depending on grade and student involvement.

Does Pingry offer tuition assistance?

Yes! Pingry awards over $6.0M in tuition assistance annually to students in grades K-12.
You can learn more about tuition assistance at Pingry here. You can learn more about applying for tuition assistance here.


What colleges do Pingry students attend?

We are 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 recent Pingry graduates are attending, check out our map, the same page where you can find our full college profile.

Does Pingry provide transportation?

For details on the transportation options—including bussing—available to Pingry families, please visit

What is an average class size?

Lower School - 18 Students
Middle School - 15 Students
Upper School - 14 Students


What grades do you accept applications for, and how many openings are there?

We accept applications for grades K-11 and openings are as follows:

K - 36 spaces
2 - 18 spaces
4 - 18 spaces
6 - 32 spaces
9 - 50-55 spaces

For other grades - 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11 - applications are accepted and spaces become available through attrition.


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.

If my child is placed in a waiting pool, and no openings become available, do we have to reapply?

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.

Which sports does Pingry offer?

We have an extensive list of interscholastic sports offerings for Middle and Upper School students. Explore the possibilities here!

Does Pingry accept applications from International students?

The Pingry School accepts student applications from all over the world, but it is not a boarding school nor does it allow students to arrange homestay accommodations. For more information on if applying to Pingry is right for you, visit our International Students page.

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