Thank you for your interest in The Academy at Penguin Hall — the only all-girls secondary school north of Boston. We have an amazing and rewarding opportunity to not only share the mission of Penguin Hall with potential students, but to witness first-hand the incredible and powerful benefits of an all-girls education.

The young women who attend Penguin Hall are seen, heard, and challenged. They are provided with academic and extracurricular opportunities to help them blaze their own paths in college and life.

They become an integral part of a culture of kindness and inclusion that permeates all facets of their world. And, students develop meaningful and lasting relationships — with their teachers and classmates. To watch this sisterhood evolve and thrive year after year, and to see how each girl grows and achieves her academic and personal goals, continues to amaze and inspire us.

The best way to learn about The Academy is to visit us. Join us for an info session or schedule your personal tour on any weekday afternoon!

Admissions Events
These events enable both prospective students and parents to familiarize themselves with The Academy at Penguin Hall. You will have the chance to connect with our students, faculty, and administration and get a full sense of the scope and sequence of our program. We are also now offering a number of virtual events hosted on Zoom. Please register by completing the google form corresponding to the event of your choosing. We look forward to seeing you!

2020 Events Dates/Times. RSVP Required

Wednesday, October 28 at 7 pm: Virtual Admissions Information Session | Register >

Thursday, November 5 at 7 pm: Virtual Meet Our APH Students | Register >

Friday, November 6 at 8:30 am: Virtual Coffee with the President | Register >

Sunday, November 8 at 2 pm: In-Person Admissions Information Session | Register >

Wednesday, November 11 at 8:30 am: Virtual Coffee with the President | Register >

Saturday, November 14 at 10 am: Virtual Admissions Information Session | Register >

Tuesday, November 17 at 4 pm: Virtual Meet Our APH Students | Register >

Wednesday, December 2 at 7 pm: Virtual Meet the APH Student Life Team | Register >

Saturday, December 12 at 10 am: Virtual Admissions Information Session | Register >

Schedule a Personal Tour
For a personal tour of our historic campus, call the Admissions Team at 978-468-6200 or contact Director of Admissions Dean Tsouvalas at We do individual tours any weekday during the school day or at 3:00 pm. We ask the usual medical questions about possible symptoms and will follow the precautions of masks and social distancing. Following the tour will be the admissions interview. You will meet faculty and see our classrooms including our new engineering and computer spaces. If you decide to take your tour at the end of the school day at 3 pm, you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of sport practices, clubs and student-run activities! Please call us to set a time that is convenient for your family

Shadow Days
Shadow Days are an excellent opportunity for students to get the full APH experience by sitting in on classes and connecting with our students and teachers. This year, we have added COVID precautions for the safety of both our community and visitors. Applicants spend the morning attending classes with an APH student, interview with a member of the admission team, and finish the morning with lunch in the APH Bistro. Everyone wears a mask and completes a medical check-in when the school day starts. A shadow day is critical to the application process and hope you will join us.

For students and families who feel uncomfortable with an in-person visit, we offer an opportunity to Zoom into classes hosted by an APH student. If your daughter has a specific interest or passion, we can help her schedule a Zoom call into a classroom that fits that interest. Please call the Admissions Team at 978-468-6200 to schedule a Zoom call.

Thank you for your interest in The Academy at Penguin Hall. We look forward to sharing our incredible school with you.

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. After the first class each morning, 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 our campus minister’s reflection for the day. The school day includes classes, clubs, advisory, and sports.  

APH offers five van lines that bring students to and from the school. Vans are available from locations in Newburyport, Gloucester, Burlington, Andover and Marblehead.  The vans arrive at school 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. Therefore, over 40% of our students receive some kind of financial aid to 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.


Important Dates:

We are currently accepting Applications for the 2021-22 Academic Year.

November 15, 2020: Early Admission Due

Fall Applications and Financial Aid Applications Due. Only early applicants are automatically considered for one of six scholarships applied to tuition.

December 15, 2020: Fall Applicant Decision Notification
Penguin Hall Scholars Announced

December 31, 2020: Deposits are Due

January 22, 2021: Spring Application Due
Priority Spring Applications and Financial Aid Applications are due for 2021-22 Academic Year

February 19, 2021: Spring Applications Decision Notification
For 2021-22 Academic Year

February 28, 2021: Accepted Students Day

March 31, 2021: Deposits are Due

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