1998.  PJS students in hard hats visit the construction site to learn about the building process and check on the progress. 

The Beginning

Princeton Junior School's story began in 1983 in a church basement with four teachers and twelve preschool students, under the leadership of co-founders Juliana McIntyre Fenn and Helen Craven.  As enrollment increased over the years, the school rented various facilities in the Princeton area and purchased a parcel of farmland in 1992 for the construction of our schoolhouse.  Completed in 1998, on seven acres of meadows, woods and woodlands in Lawrenceville,  just outside Princeton, New Jersey, PJS was designed to be an oasis of learning for young students.   

November, 2012.  PJS blanketed in snow. 

Co-founder, Juliana McIntyre Fenn, and Silvana Clark prepare to dance around the maypole in celebration of Founders' Day

Traditions Old and New

PJS is a source of many thoughtful traditions and special events that have been maintained throughout the years, adding to the strong sense of community among families, faculty and staff. These include, among others, the Back to School Picnic, the Harvest Bonfire, annual bread baking and preparation of a delicious communal soup for Thanksgiving, an annual “giving tree,” community service days, dancing around the Maypole in celebration of Founders’ Day, and a celebration of the Earth and PJS’s commitment to the environment.  

Each school tradition underscores the strengths and the core values of our community, emphasizing kindness, trust and respect for one another and the world around us.