As a graduate of an all-girls institution, I firmly believe in the power of The Academy at Penguin Hall— the only all-girls secondary school north of Boston. The young women who attend Penguin Hall are seen and heard, as well as challenged and supported in their academic and extracurricular pursuits- to help them blaze their own paths at college and in life.
Our students are an integral part of our institutional “culture of kindness” -which permeates all facets of their world here. They develop meaningful and lasting relationships — with our faculty, staff, and classmates. They think critically and are motivated in their pursuits. It’s exciting to see what happens when girls lead.
The best way to learn about The Academy is to experience it! I welcome you to join us for a campus visit to learn more.
Director of Admissions and Enrollment
Frequently Asked Questions
The Academy at Penguin Hall is a place where girls come to excel as scholars, gain new valuable life experiences, and ultimately blaze their own unique trail in life. Our mission is to educate, enlighten and empower young women to live and to lead exemplary lives.
Girls’ schools create a culture of achievement where a girl’s accomplishments are what matters,” explains the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools in a summary of its recent survey of young alumnae from member schools. Support for single-gender education is backed by data. The Higher Education Research Institute has reported that single-gender education for girls yields superior academic accomplishment, superior socio-emotional development, improved test scores and better long term indicators for success, as compared with co-ed schooling.
The APH school day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 2:40 p.m. Twice weekly, the entire APH community meets in our assembly space for a 15-minute student-led community and reflection time. It is a time to see all classmates and faculty, share the schedule of activities and announcements, and listen to a reflection for the day. The school day includes classes, clubs, advisory, and sports.
APH offers van services that transport students to and from the school. Vans are available from locations in Newburyport, Gloucester, Burlington, Andover and Marblehead. The vans arrive at school in time for the 8:00 start and leave from APH at 5 p.m., allowing students to participate in after-school clubs, sports, request extra support from teachers, or work on homework with classmates.
The Academy at Penguin Hall believes that an independent school should be available to all qualified students in spite of their ability to pay. Families may apply for financial aid to help make enrollment possible. Penguin Hall also offers a number of scholarships to both early admissions and priority decision candidates.
Penguin hall is a member of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Find a full list of sports on our Athletics Page. APH also offers a wide array of student-driven clubs and affinity groups, all of which are given dedicated time during the school day based on our A/B Block Schedule.
We are currently accepting Applications for the 2023-24 Academic Year.
August 1, 2022: The Standard Application Online (SAO) opens for the 2023-2024 school year.
September 1, 2022: The Academy at Penguin Hall’s online application opens for 2023-2024 school year.
Fall 2022 Admissions Visit Options:
November 1, 2022: FACTS application for tuition assistance opens for the 2022-2023 school year.
November 15, 2022: Early Admission Due
Early Applications and Financial Aid Applications Due. Early applicants are automatically considered for one of six scholarships applied to tuition.
December 15, 2021: Early Applicant Decision Notification
Penguin Hall Scholarships Announced.
December 31, 2022: Early Deposits and Family Decision Due
January 15, 2023: Priority Application Due
February 18, 2023: Priority Applicant Decision Notification
March 31, 2023: Priority Deposits and Family Decision Due
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