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PK-8
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Portsmouth, RI
Students enrolled: 183

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110 Sandy Point Ave Litle Slocum Farm
Portsmouth, RI 02871

(401) 849-4646
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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!

- submitted by a parent
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!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 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!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 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!!

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
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!

- submitted by a parent
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!!!

- submitted by a community member
April 02, 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.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 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
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.

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
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

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 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!

- submitted by a parent
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!

- submitted by a community member
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.

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2011
Pennfield is a WONDERFUL school that has welcomed us with open arms, which was definately NOT done at the local middle school. My child thanks me every day for allowing him to go to this school! The faculty is great, the classes are challenging and my child has improved in so many areas since moving to this school. I only wish we could find a school as wonderful as this every place we have to move!

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
Viisit Pennfield. It's a wonderful school - with great teachers, a superior academic program, soild leadership. The negative comments by a few former employee is sad - the current facuty is inspiring - and focused on students.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2011
I am a graduate of Pennfield - and a senior at Portsmouth Abbey School. Pennfield School provided me me an extraordinary education. Reading this long blog of comments, it is crystal clear that one person has decided to say disparing comments about my school. I love Pennfield - as do all of my friends.

- submitted by a community member
July 29, 2011
Watch for the requisite five star review to follow this parent's one star critique. Everything stated is true, the school has unfortunately lost its "New School" philosophies and is poorly administered. The best faculty are long gone to St. Michaels and elsewhere, in many cases having been asked to leave. The loss of the spirit of Pennfield is a shame.

- submitted by a community member
July 03, 2011
Pennfield was not the place for us. I question the high turnover of teachers/administration (3 more this year). I also question the steady drop in enrollment from year to year. Yes, small classrooms can be beneficial but there is also a downside. It can be difficult for new students to "fit in" when there so few students in a class and social groups have already been formed. As far as rigorous academics, I didn't see evidence of that. My children were challenged at their previous school and were given assignments that challenged them to "think outside of the box" and the workbook. Bottom line, it's just not a good return on our investment. It costs a lot of money for tuition and services and programs seem to be sacrificed due to low enrollment numbers and lack of funds. As far as the leadership goes, I guess I've seen worse but I've seen a lot better! Inconsistency is the biggest problem and a lack of follow through.

- submitted by a community member
June 16, 2011
I am the parent of a Pennfield grad. Our child attended both the old and the new school, under two administrations. The experience for both student and parents was first rate. Students were challenged academically and learned to be organized and responsible. Parents were involved and welcomed. Our daughter was well prepared for four very successful years at a private secondary school and is headed for the college of her choice. The repeated references to the Head of School in the negative reviews make it clear they are posted by the same person. I am sorry their experience was bad - ours was very positive as the school was a good fit for us. It's not going to be the case with everyone.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2011
Pennfield is amazing. My son is in the upper school, the faculty is fantastic, great leadership from the top down, and lovely classmates. I could not be happier.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2011
Pennfield prepared me extremely well for Portsmouth Abbey School - the teachers at Pennfield were great. As a freshman I enrolled in Spanish 2 Honors and Geometry.

- submitted by a community member
February 04, 2011
Another victim of bullying! When will this school get it right? With bullying issues and news front and center in the media, when will this particular Head of School understand that he can't just sweep these incidences under the rug! Kids are being tormented time and time again,! Incidences are brought to the Head of School's attention, and still nothing is done! This school needs to establish some strong discipline and moral standards regarding bullying before it's too late. I have read previous ratings and bullying has been mentioned on more than one occasion! Kids well-being, self-respect and confidence is more important than the all-mighty dollar!

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2010
We love Pennfield School. The academic program is certainly demanding - but the faculty have helped our daughter at every step - and she is thriving.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2010
INCONSISTENT......This school leaves a lot to be desired. The campus is lovely and the children are required to adhere to a conservative dress code....this image is very superficial. My children have accumulated a total of 8 years in this school and I can without hesitation say I would not do it over again. There are some wonderful teachers and some really bad ones too. The curriculum is very average and technology is nonexistent. There are many people that are unhappy with this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2010
My daughter is struggling and I am frustrated that the services I was promised while touring the school, are not being provided. I had heard from a few parents that some of what the admissions office says, isn't accurate, but I'm greatly disappointed with the lack of follow-through. I suppose one will say whatever is necessary to get the "buyer" to believe, but I would have hoped that the people we spoke with would have been more trustworthy. We will not be returning to Pennfield after this school year.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
My child just started at Pennfield and they love it. My child did not love our previous school. I am extremely satisfied with the quality of the teachers and as an educator myself, I guess I am somewhat knowledgeable about such things. My child is loving Spanish, math, science and even writing, which was previously hated. This is due solely to the teachers making learning fun and motivating the students. I want to say one thing to prospective parents: Don't be put off by the negative reviews. It is one person who is bitter and has a vendetta against the school for personal reasons. This is quite sad, actually, and the lengths to which this person is going make me concerned for them. Go to the open house, visit a classroom, sit in on the all school assembly. You will see the truly unique atmosphere of love and respect and LEARNING.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2010
Joyful . . . hmmm. IF you're looking for a school where your child will be happy because they will not be held responsible or accountable for their actions, this is the school for you! In addition, IF you're looking for a school where "extras" are SO much a part of the school day that true academics suffer, this is also the place for you! Yes, it's true, the children's school day at Pennfield is FULL of fun . . . the question is, at what, or whose, expense? Oh ya, and my child is smiling and happy at his new school where he's getting an excellent balance of strong academics and a wide-variety of extra-curricular classes while learning life lessons about how to get along with others and accepting responsibility for his actions.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2010
Don't be fooled into thinking that this is the beloved New School of years past. Pennfield has stumbled - hard - in the last 6 years under its current Head of School. Many passionate, innovative teachers have been replaced by the type of mediocre instructors one is "supposed" to find in the public schools. Longstanding traditions have been tossed aside and not replaced with anything of true substance. Obvious favoritism is shown students whose families contribute financially to the school. Discipline is arbitrary and capricious. Academic standards have been lowered significantly and students are not adequately prepared to face the challenges of secondary school. I wish I felt differently, but like so many other families we're leaving Pennfield with a bitter taste in our mouths and a feeling of deep disappointment in promises not kept.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
Our family couldn't be happier with our choice of sending our child to Pennfield. Besides the many great programs and super educators you get the joy of seeing such happy students. As we were leaving the school the other day my daughter said "I love Pennfield and I can't wait for Chinese class tomorrow! That makes all the difference for us.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2010
We could not be happier to have selected Pennfield for our children's education. Spanish, clarinet, ceramics, after school cross-country, world cultures, the buddy program....our children's days are full, rewarding and great fun! I cannot imagine a child's smile being any brighter than when we pick ours up at 4:45 each day.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
Unsatisfied doesn't even begin to describe our feelings. I agree with the previous post in one respect, you should ask around. The word on the street is not positive and it is felt by many more than one dissatisfied "customer." The positive feeling that children have towards school is instilled at home and then nurtured by loving, caring, dedicated teachers that can be found at ALL schools (that's why teachers choose their profession). Personally, the word "incredible" is not one that I would use when describing the education that is offered at Pennfield, it is lacking in many areas as evidenced by state standards that are not being met.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2010
Best First Day of School!Such Positive Energy! The kids came home so excited about their teachers,classes,they could not stop talking..It felt so good to know how excited they were to be back at Pennfield!!! Thank You to Teachers and Staff for such a warm Welcome Back!!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2010
I encourage you to do YOUR homework before enrolling your child in this school. Not only do they NOT offer an accelerated classroom, but if you ask parents of students that have left and are now attending other schools, you will find just the opposite! My daughter will be attending a public school next year and when she was completing the summer work, I was deeply saddened and frustrated that she is BEHIND - blocks of information never covered, particularly in math! For years my daughter received straight A's at Pennfield but the material being covered was obviously not according to state standards. This is a common theme amongst students leaving Pennfield as other parents have shared the same frustrations with me. Pennfield does not deliver what they promise! My only regret about my daughter attending public school next year, is that we didn't make the switch sooner!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2010
Pennfield is an amazing school with an accelerated curriculum. I just had my son recently tested and he is testing three grades above what he is suppose to be at his current grade level. He has been at this school for over seven years and although it is summertime, he can't wait to get back to school. The headmaster has been a wonderful asset to the school, enforcing discipline and making sure his teaching staff is innovative and supportive. Check out our school, it's amazing!

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2010
Parents, students and teachers alike are leaving Pennfield with a sour taste in their mouths and are thrilled to be moving on. The fact is that Pennfield does not have a challenged curriculum and those who think it does should do their homework. Textbooks are grade-level and are the exact same books used by the public schools. The fact is that there is no consistency regarding discipline: bullying runs rampid and students are rude and unkind to teachers and their fellow students. The fact is that there is a lack of leadership and vision from the Head of School which is evident from the drastic changes in policy, personnel and program from year to year. The Pennfield of the past WAS in fact a school of kind, challenged students. Talk to former parents, students and teachers and the facts will become crystal clear-Pennfield is far from the gem it once was.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2010
Pennfield is a school for children who are kind, ready to be challanged and love school. Parents, Teachers and students all share the same smile every morning at 8am at Pennfield. That is not a statement or my opinion, That is a Fact! Stop by... What these children recieve every day of every year they attend is amazing in its self. As a parent and being able to work in all schools from Newport to E.Providence, Pennfield is a very very good school. Pennfield offers something no other school does and all parents/ex-parents, students/ex-students and teachers/ex-teachers KNOW that! whether they choose to share it is up to them. Fortunately for you, you don't need them or me. VISIT!

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2010
The back and forth of comments on this site are silly. Some people (or possible one person) feel (s) compelled to write comments for personal, vindictive reasons. I love Pennfield School; it has served my children extremely well. Walk onto campus, meet faculty and administrators, talk to current parents and you'll see. Pennfield is the best kept secret on the Island!

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2010
Thank goodness it's over, is all I can say! There was a time when I would have agreed with the positive comments posted on this sight, but no more! Since the current Head of School has been in place (5 years), the school has tried to become everything to everyone and can barely be anything to anyone. I like to refer to it as a "smoke and mirrors" kind of place where everything looks good on the surface but. . . my child was not challenged in the past few years, I got the sense that teachers were too busy with the alarming number of students who needed "extra help" and that left little time or energy to spend on A students. If Pennfield is going to accept struggling students then they also need to employ the staff to do it. I don't see how they can advertise a challenging program??????

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2010
If you are looking a school where students are known and cared for and where students will be challenged- stop by and visit Pennfield School and decide for yourself. You won't be disappointed. As a current parent and as a parent of a recent graduate, Pennfield is wonderful school. Thankfully, the negative, backward thinking, and sour elements at the school are leaving- it's about time!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2010
Not impressed! How many broken promises can come from one administrator? I am apalled at the lack of professionlism shown by the Head of School and the favoritism shown to some families. What exactly is the philosophy of this school? It seems as though individuals are told what they want to hear and the philosophy changes with each. They say there is an accelerated program but there doesn't seem to be any proof of this actually going on! I guess it's easy to say what perspective families want to hear, but actually following through is more difficult-not seeing the proof!

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2010
The Pennfield School is "A Place to Belong (Not Merely Attend)!" I am so pleased with the growth of my child academically and emotional as an Upper School student within such a caring community of teachers and friends. This is a tough age for her emotionally and without the supportive environment of Pennfield and the rigorous academic studies I am not sure how she could have successfully navigated these last few years.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2010
What a HUGE disappointment! We had such great hopes when we first came to Pennfield but my eyes are wide open to the lack of leadership and vision of the current Head of School. Instead of moving this once prestigious school forward, he has moved the school in the complete opposite direction. The curriculum in grades 1-5 is based on workbook series, which lack creativity and innovation! Students are not challenged and the curriculum seems to be geared to the majority of students that need extra help. There are no consistent rules and consequenes in place leading to an atmosphere of disrespect and bullying. It saddens me to watch how this once great school has deteriorated over the past 4-5 years. I used to recommend this school to many, today I can no longer recommend it to any.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2010
Pennfield is a fantastic school! As a former student of "The New School" and now a parent at "The Pennfield School" I would highly recommend our school to anyone! The faculty and staff are dedicated and offering my child a wonderful learning experience. There is always a warm welcome each and every day by the Head of School. My child wakes up each day ready to learn. That is a tribute to the fantastic people that surround The Pennfield School! There is negativity in every school but if you are looking for a caring nurturing school with high academic standards stop by Pennfield and you will see all of the positive that outweighs the negative of some individuals.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2010
Pennfield is not the school for us! The lack of leadership, disrespect of students, lack consequences and low standards is not what we signed up for several years ago. As a parent, I wanted my children to receive the best education possible, this is simply not the case at Pennfield.. I am troubled by the number of workbooks that my youngest child is expected to complete. Teachers need to be more creative and the workbooks need to go in the trash! The few creative teachers that we have encountered are now leaving the school. The current head of school makes empty promises and has left me extremely frustrated with the lack of follow-through on his part. There are no clear rules and expectations. and this is very frustrating for my children, Things seem to change on a weekly basis.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
What a wonderful day at Pennfield today! It was my annual trip for Grandparents Day. The classes were vibrant, the music spectacular and the warm welcome from the Head of School and the facutly was inviting. My son's family could not be happier at this school. Our grandchildren are receiving a stellar education, and they are so happy. I could not have asked for a finer institution for our grandchildren. I have read the negativity below, and sense that there are certainly some disgruntled faculty and parents. I hope that this group can move on, so that Pennfield can continue to grow and thrive at its usual level. We hope that these resentful and bitter folks move on, so those who are truly invested in our grandchildren;s education can continue their impressive work. See you next year, we cannot wait!

- submitted by a community member
May 13, 2010
As a former teacher at The Pennfield School I can tell you that there is no joy, respect and understanding for the teachers from the administration, specifically the Head of School. I left Pennfield to pursue other career options because of the complete lack of leadership. My opinion, ideas and expertise was not valued. My hard work and dedication was not appreciated and it was clear that there was no vision. Students' academics suffered due to the lack of leadership and lack of elementary education training and experience by the administration.

- submitted by a teacher
May 13, 2010
Where do I begin? Tuition is high, academics are low, leadership is lacking, creativity is discouraged, rules are gray, consequences are non-existent, teachers are not supported and leave yearly due to the lack of support and leadership, crippling debt is troubling, and lack of vision is frustrating. Look elsewhere!

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2010
It is evident by reading the extremely mixed reviews on this site that something is amiss at this school. It seems that there are some who are extremely displeased with the individuals running the school while others seem to offer blind support. In the end, the high cost of Pennfield's annual tuition is not a good return on your investment. The Portsmouth Public School system is rated in the top three in the state with outstanding results in graduation rates and standardized testing results and can offer greater avenues for education fullfillment. While the choice is yours, the decision should be easy.

- submitted by a community member
May 12, 2010
Pennfield offers by far one of the best overall programs for grades N-8 in the area. Academics are challenging and individualized to students' needs, athletics are comprehensive and inclusive of all ability levels, and the arts programs are outstanding, both in performance and in visual arts. There are a large number of very talented parents who freely donate their time to provide all kinds of wonderful enrichment for the students, and this parental involvement is one of the things that makes Pennfield such a unique, wonderful place. The Head of School is open to any constructive suggestions, involved with each and every student even in the small things like entertaining them with educational games during lunch. His enthusiasm is positively radiant and he has done a wonderful job shaping and guiding the school. Many graduates are accepted to more than one of the most competative High Schools in New England.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
Wow! What a difference a few years can make. Pennfield's high standards and accelerated curriculum are things of the past! When I compare what my child learned during the first couple of years at Pennfield with the local public schools, it is clear that my decision to seek a different school for my child is the right one. Pennfield does not have the resources to help struggling learners and the responsibility is put on the classroom teacher. With so many students needing extra help, the pace and level of the teaching has suffered. We look foward to starting anew next year at a new school.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
My children have flourished at Pennfield. They are challenged academically and nurtured emotionally. Their advisors 'get' my kids - and my children like school. Priceless. I would highly recommend Pennfield.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
The Pennfield School is set on a beautiful campus in Portsmouth, RI. If only the things going on inside were as beautiful. The accedimic standards have dropped consistently over the past five years, and the days of the graduating class getting into top private high schools are gone. There is no competent leadership either fromt he head master or second in command. The mantra Joy, Respect and Understanding does not compute when you have teachers being let go every year and enrollment dropping. I would advise anyone coming to the area to look elsewhere for private education. It is not worth the money.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
Unfortunately, Pennfield has lowered its standards for the children. Years ago, students earned their grades and A s were difficult to achieve. Grades are now manipulated to make it look like students are performing better than they actually are. Creative teachers are not valued and Pennfield now teaches from one workbook after another, one manufactured series to the next. Students are not held accountable for their actions and are often down-right disrespectful to peers and teachers, without any consequences. The family atmosphere that was in place, up until the new leadership took over 5 years ago, is no longer felt when you walk in the building. After walking around from classroom to classroom, and talking to current and past parents and students, it is clear that Pennfield has lost its touch. The arts of the past have been cut due to continued money problems and the students art work has suffered.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
Please look elsewhere! The academic standards of this school have plummeted since new leadership took over. Pennfield used to have the highest amount of students attending the best high schools in Rhode Island. This is no longer ture. There is no discipline, no consequences, or rules that are not'grey'. The campus is gorgeous. The Pennfield of old is no longer ......Try St. Mike's or St . Phils if you want priviate education. Don't look here. I could never advise anyone to send their child to Pennfield.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
This Pennfield is not the schoo of a few years ago. The standards in all areas have been relaxed including academically and disciplinary. Many of the teachers who were known for high academic standards and creativity have been'let go'. There was a very serious incident of bullying which was 'pused uner the rug' and the child suffered for it. If I were considering sending my child to Pennfield, I would seek out parents of Pennfield kids and talk to them! There are other choices out there.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2010
Pennfield once was a magical place; that is no longer the case under the current Head Master. Several years ago, students were held to very high standards and an accelerated curriculum was in place. Today, the standards are lax and in some classes, students are not even meeting the minimum standards for Rhode Island. Discipline is inconsistent, and the rules change day to day. Students bullying other students is a problem which admiinistration refuses to deal with.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
Don't waste your money! The magic that once was Pennfield no longer exists under the leadership of the new Head Master. Bullying is a huge issue that is not dealt with by administration. Curriculum is nothing more than one workbook page after another. Discipline varies like the daily weather and consequences don't exist. The high teacher turnover rate is extremely troubling.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
Days like today make Pennfield unique and a special place to learn. It was the annual science expo. Students in grades Kindergarten through Eight designed various cushions to protect their eggs from drops of 5 to 30 feet. Teachers climbed ladders - 30 feet high - in the process of testing the designs. Siblings and parents cheered, students glowed in their success. It was another classic Pennfield teachable moment. And as is the Pennfield way, there was a lot of cross- class support among the students. Pennfield is a great environment for children to have role models and for siblings to share in each others joys.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
Pennfield is a wonderful place where every child is cherished, and every parent is made to feel a welcome and valued member of the community. All the teachers work together, going far beyond the call of duty, to help the students accomplish amazing things. For example, first, second, and third grade teachers collaborate to write, direct, and choreograph a play for these younger children which transcends any elementary school production I have ever seen. All the students are happily engaged, and together produce an amazing show. The kids absolutely radiate their pride in this accomplishment - it is a joy to behold. My son is a quick learner , and all his teachers have gone far out of their way to differentiate curriculum to keep him busy and engaged. On the other side of the learning spectrum, resourse help is freely available for students who need that extra bit of support.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2010
Sure, you could say Pennfield's academic standards are quite high, and that Joy, Understanding, and Respect cirtainly go without saying, but thequality of teachers, and subs could improve. Often ties, my son feels he is being bullied (along with many of his friends) not by his peers of upperclassmen, but by the teachers themselves. As much as pennfield strives to keep their student to treat eachother with kindness and respect, they should be telling the teachers as well. Within five years, the Faculty went from kind respectful adults to some not so kind and questionable people. The quality of the school has lowersed since their move from East Main Rd.

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 21, 2007
The school would be a great opportunity for a bright child. The school doesn't provide full scholarships. I hope this improves. They are missing out on some exceptional kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2007
Pennfield's academic standards are unmatched. They seek excellence in every facet of the Pennfield education. We have a gifted child. She has attended the school since 5th grade. She has always been challenged intellectually. In grades 6, 7, and 8, considered upper school, the work load increases dramatically. Much is demanded of the students. The vast majority of them rise to the challenge. Teachers are enthusiastic and stimulate learning. The Headmaster is the best I have ever seen, and I've seen a few. There are many bright children at this school. The graduates gain acceptance to some of the best boarding schools in the country. This is what made us decide to send our child to Pennfield. It is the best decision we have ever made.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2007
Pennfield is an outstanding school. The academic curriculum is challenging and teaches a child how to think critically. It teaches them to love learning. The school does standardized testing (ERBs) yearly to evaluate the children and effectiveness of its teachers and curriculum. I believe the testing assists children in preparing for future tests such as SATs. The teachers are very effective and care. The administration advocates respect for the individual and expects the same from its students. My child attended a competing private school in the area. Though equivalent academically, Pennfield provides a more wholesome environment. Teacher and administrators not only preach good values but live them. They are excellent role models. I recommend this school without reservation.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2006
Pennfield provides a very positive learning experience for children in many aspects including encouraging children to express themselves. Unfortunately, they are having trouble with dealing with the kids that express themselves as bullies. They seem to deal with the problem in a too gentle nature. They are afraid to deal with the parents of these kids that have 2 or 3 other siblings in the school. Which leads me to believe that their concern is more about the tuiton instead of the kids who are affected by these bullies.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
I have two children who attend Pennfield and they've both had wonderful experiences. The environment is one where they feel they're cared about, challenged academically, and missed when they are not in school. They've both had many opportunities to pursue interests in the arts and athletics. The new facility and the grounds are just beautiful as well!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2006
My children have blossomed at Pennfield. They are challenged...and, they are cared for! Pennfield is an environment where students are treated with kindness and respect.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2005
The school is a 35 minute commute from our home, and is worth every gallon of gasoline. Our children have blossomed here! Our children are challenged, loved, and most importantly are sad when there is no school. Need I state more?

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2005
Overall Pennfield is a beautiful school, inside and out. The quality of the education is the concern. Pennfield seems to be driven on the fact their only interest is in highly self-motivating students from 3rd grade on. They do not adopt a policy of 'No student is left behind'. Their Admissions Committee personally expresses that they do not have the means to accomodate any student whom may have difficulty keeping up with a class and they usually request a student to be placed elsewhere. For a whopping $12,000, a parent would think their child would be given the extra care and guidance if there is a struggle, however minor (A's & mostly B's) borderline C (in reading) in my son's case, but the school will not accept that sort of a student to continue his/hers education with them.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2005
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The Pennfield School
110 Sandy Point Ave Litle Slocum Farm, Portsmouth, RI  02871
(401) 849-4646
Last modified The Pennfield School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Pennfield School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 76 reviews. Top