Welcome to Penguin Hall Academy Admissions

Penguin Hall offers an outstanding education and curriculum rooted in inquiry-based learning, critical thinking and collaboration.

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!

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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 15, 2021: Deposits are Due

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