The Germantown Union School was formed on December 6, 1759 for the benefit of educating Germantown’s local children. Standing now as the oldest, continuous, non-sectarian, independent day school in the United States, Germantown Academy in Fort Washington is the preeminent school in the greater Philadelphia area.
GA’s faculty is rich with talent and experience. One hundred and twenty-six strong, 66 percent of our full-time faculty hold masters or doctorate degrees and the average length of employment of current faculty is 15 years. Students in grades PreKindergarten through 12 come to GA from more than 90 towns and cities in Montgomery, Philadelphia, Bucks and Chester counties. Germantown Academy boasts a school-wide student:faculty ratio average of 8:1.
It should come as no surprise then that Germantown Academy is nationally recognized in all areas of education. It consistently competes for championships in the highly competitive Inter-Ac League, which is the country's oldest inter-scholastic athletic conference. The athletic program boasts of Olympic-level swimmers, national Prep wrestling champions, numerous nationally ranked girls and boys sports teams, and graduates who have played in professional baseball, basketball and hockey leagues. Students from all areas of the arts program, from theatre to photography, regularly achieve local and national recognition, and graduates are currently appearing on stage on Broadway and in nationally-released films. Graduates of GA every year earn admission into the most highly selective U.S. colleges and universities, but the school is most proud of the emphasis it places on finding the right schools for its variety of students, whether those schools are specialized schools in the arts or universities in other countries. Click here to see the 2016-17 College Profile and the matriculation list of colleges for the past five years.
Our tuition is comparable with other Independent Schools of our size and caliber in the area. Click here to see the tuition rates for 2016-17. Financial aid is available for those families who qualify for financial assistance. Recipients must apply on an annual basis and show clear financial need. Approximately 27% of the student body receives financial assistance. GA's thriving Annual Giving program assists in closing the gap between tuition and the actual cost of educating each student.
On a daily basis, Upper School offers 15 Advanced Placement courses, ranging from English and Spanish to Statistics and Physics, as well as regular and honors academic tracks in all subjects and a robust selection of electives. The Middle School introduced drama into each grades' curriculum in 2012-13 and, with the addition of the Honickman Auditorium, is now performing three shows throughout each school year. The Lower School continues to grow its curricular offerings, adding Chinese to the list in 2011-12, and using the seven-day rotation to give students exposure to art, science, physical education, Spanish, music and library several times during that period.
The Germantown Academy alumni group is 5,000+ strong and growing! With more than half of GA's alumni base residing in the tri-state area, current GA students are often given the chance to interact with those who came before them. Whether as a guest speaker, career connections participant, annual fund donor, senior project mentor or community service organization volunteer, GA alumni are proud to give back to the school that gave them so much.