In 1971, the former headmaster of St. Michael’s Country Day School, Father Cranston, founded The New School, a preschool through ninth grade independent elementary school. The board of trustees built a school community of dedicated families, devoted faculty, and curious and inquisitive children. Lacking an endowment, the school operated on a tight budget. The loyalty and commitment of the community prevailed throughout the years, always persevering and raising the funds to keep operating.
Due to the enthusiastic spirit of the Pennfield community, the school has endured in the competitive educational marketplace. Throughout Pennfield’s history, faculty have had the freedom to teach creatively, inspiring generations of students to excel academically, artistically, and athletically.
In 2021, Pennfield and Salve Regina University entered into a long-term partnership. Salve Regina University has invested once again in the Aquidneck Island community by acquiring the property. The school now operates independently under a long-term sale/lease-back financing with the University.
As Pennfield is celebrating its 50th year, it is appropriate to take stock of what the school has accomplished and what it needs to continue its trajectory into the future. The time is right to build an endowment to secure Pennfield for generations by providing the financial security and reserves to address future needs. Part of that future will include dollars raised annually for the Pennfield Fund to serve the school’s greatest needs during each academic year.
This four-year comprehensive campaign, which began in the 2019-2020 This four-year comprehensive campaign, which began in the 2019-2020 fiscal year, during the pandemic, has raised $798,000 of its $1.5 million goal.
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