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The Pennfield School

Private | PK-8


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Posted Sunday, September 14, 2014

Pennfield is excellent. Engaged staff, proactive and helpful front office and very military friendly. I was concerned when I saw some of the reviews but this place is great! My son is in preschool and LOVES it!
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Posted October 17, 2013

The Pennfield School provides such a nurturing, welcoming, down to earth environment for my children. My children are very different from one another, but all of them have found it to be a perfect fit. They are finding success and at the same time loving what they are doing! Hats off to the teachers and administrators!
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Posted April 1, 2013

We're in our tenth year as parents at the Pennfield School and we are extremely happy with the school. The headmaster is wonderful and the faculty does an amazing job of creating a positive, happy environment. Our kids actually still like going to school!
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Posted April 1, 2013

We could not be happier with our choice in schools. I feel so fortunate that our kids are growing up in such a supportive community at Pennfield. I credit Pennfield for helping them become the self-assured, confident people they're becoming. The academics challenge them but the faculty is so supportive and caring, it has never overwhelmed them. I only wish it went past eighth grade!!
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Posted January 22, 2013

Outstanding School! After visiting several schools in the area we chose Pennfield for numerous reasons. We loved that the classes we small and we had great accessibility to the teachers as well as the Head of school. The school has a wonderful arts program and numerous programs that foster learning in a fun but challenging way. Most important was the sense of community. We felt it the moment we stepped on its beautiful campus and wanted our son to be a part of this wonderful nurturing environment.
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Posted December 17, 2012

FABULOUS community and school!!! Great teachers, administration and curriculum. Pennfield parents work together for a better academic environment. My kids love this school!
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Posted June 17, 2012

The Pennfield School is... AMAZING! I have gone to Pennfield for 2 great years. The teachers are so nice and make learning fun. Even the food is amazing every day except Thursdays students can get delicious food. The Pennfield School treats you like family. I love this school!!!

Posted April 2, 2012

We are finishing our third year of enrollment and could not be happier. I can't connect with any of the negative reviews. This is a wonderful school that is challenging yet supportive. We chose Pennfield out of the other area private schools and continue to chose Pennfield because of our excellent experience.
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Posted March 5, 2012

So pleased with my experience at this school. The campus is beautiful, but beyond that the teachers are committed to providing the best educational experience for each child. My oldest has been challenged every step of the way, and I think he is well prepared for whichever secondary school he ends up choosing. The opportunities for public speaking and leadership are outstanding!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 20, 2012

Such a huge disappointment! Should have paid closer attention to those negative reviews. The school IS set on a beautiful campus and offers a huge amount of financial aide.
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Posted January 19, 2012

I have two children at this school. It is an amazing school and wonderful and warm community. We researched all the schools on the island and are so happy with our decision to choose Pennfield. Check it out for yourself.
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Posted November 27, 2011

My Children have been thriving at Pennfield, it seems to be the perfect environment for learning. We couldn't be happier.... Five stars, a 'Great School' indeed
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Posted November 10, 2011

I am a parent of 2 children at Pennfield and can say without hesitation that it is a very special place (I do not work at Pennfield nor am I related to anyone who is). If you are looking for schools in this area then you owe it to your children to at least visit the beautiful campus & meet with some of the great faculty and staff. Please do not be swayed by some of the negative comments on this site (almost all of which are strangely similar & I would bet are coming from the same 1 or 2 people with some sort of axe to grind). When my wife & I decided to move to the area several years ago we looked at ALL of our options for schools on or near the island. We both grew up in public schools & we were admittedly nervous about sending our children to a private school. Ultimately, our decision to choose Pennfield is one of the best decisions that we have ever made. Our children LOVE going to school there and the quality and scope of their education is very impressive to say the least. Moreover, all of the students & families that we have met over the years are very down-to-earth and there is a strong sense of community at the school. See for yourself. You won't be disappointed.
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Posted November 10, 2011

I am the parent of 2 children at the Pennfield school. I can honestly say that after dropping my children off each day I walk out of the building smiling. We attended another private institution prior to Pennfield and felt quiet opposite after drop off. Everyone at Pennfield is warm and inviting and honestly cares about your children and the Pennfield community at large. It is such a wonderful and warm community. I have also so been extremely impressed at the curriculum offered at the school. Beyond knowing that my children are being cultivated by warm and wonderful people, they are learning far beyond my expectations. I can t recommend the school enough and would be happy to speak to anyone that is considering the school. I am going to inform the front desk that I have made this offer so you can reach out to me if you want to ask any questions. I know you won t be disappointed if you decide to send your children to Pennfield.
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Posted October 2, 2011

Pennfield is a truly wonderful Independent School. We enrolled our children four years ago and we have never looked back. As long term residents of Aquidneck Island, we did a lot of research and carefully weighed our options before choosing Pennfield. Our children are happy, confident and thriving at Pennfield. We can't say enough about the faculty, campus and the overall Pennfield experience. Truly one of the best decisions we ever made!
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Posted September 28, 2011

It's not rocket science, do the math! More than 40 teachers/staff have left under the current administration; considering the current job market for teachers, it speaks VOLUMES! Those who are trained in education (the teachers) KNOW that the best teaching practices are not being used due to the roadblocks faced by the current administration team! The local public schools offer a more comprehensive, cutting edge curriculum and a slew of extra-curricular activities and programs!

Posted September 28, 2011

Wow. It seems that a former teacher sure has an axe to grind. It's sad - all the false, mean-spirited statements that one person repeats on the site. Pennfield is a wonderful school - just walk onto campus and see for yourself.
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Posted September 26, 2011

A great school. The dedicated faculty manage to challenge our gifted student with the same enthusiasm they show our child who struggles from time to time. And they both really love going to school every day.
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Posted September 26, 2011

We've had a wonderful experience at Pennfield. A huge effort is made to keep the kids engaged and interested in what they're learning. We've found that if it's all about the memorizing - they're not really learning. It's a very upbeat & positive environment & I feel lucky to be able to send my kids here.
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Posted September 15, 2011

We love the experience we've had at Pennfield. No school is perfect for every child and it's a very personal choice. I can only speak to our experience with our kids and we've been so happy we made the choice to send them here. I just wish it went to 12th grade and that they had uniforms. I have peace of mind knowing that my kids are happy and being challenged academically.
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Ethnicity This school State average
White 96% 64%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 1% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Hispanic 0% 22%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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110 Sandy Point Ave Litle Slocum Farm
Portsmouth, RI 02871
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