GA is a PreK-12, coed, nonsectarian day school in Fort Washington, PA

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General Information

  • Founded 1759
  • The oldest, non-sectarian, continuously run, independent day school in America.
  • PreK-12, College Preparatory
  • Located in Fort Washington, PA
  • Accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS) and the Association for Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
  • Member of the PAIS-BOA consortium of schools
  • Total Enrollment for 2017-18: 1,150
  • Senior Class Enrollment: 129

School Leadership

  • Bradley J. Korman '83, President of Board of Trustees
  • Rich Schellhas, Head of School
  • Chris Nelson, Head of Upper School
  • Jonas Jeswald, Head of Middle School
  • Sue Szczepkowski, Head of Lower School
  • Tom Taft, Chief Operating Officer
  • Laura Martin, Director of Admission

Faculty

  • Full-time Faculty: 161
  • More than 64% of GA faculty hold advanced degrees
  • Overall Student: Faculty Ratio: 8:1

Students

  • 2017-18 Enrollment: 1,150
  • Lower School Students: 320
  • Middle School Students: 293
  • Upper School Students: 537
  • Boys: 624
  • Girls: 526
  • Students Receiving Financial Aid: 28%
  • Geographic Distribution: Students come from 94 different area towns that represent Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, and Philadelphia counties.

College Entrance

  • 100% of graduates attend four-year colleges
  • 32 student-athletes from the Class of 2016 are currently playing for a Division I, II, or III team
  • Top colleges & universities attended by the most graduates in the last five years - Boston College (11), Bucknell University (13), Drexel University (17), Elon University (13), George Washington University (11), Lehigh University (12), New York University (14), Penn State University (22), University of Pennsylvania (15), University of Pittsburgh (16), University of Richmond (13), and Wake Forest University (13) {See College Lists in 2017-18 GA College Profile}

Academics

  • Average Class Size:
    Lower School: 12-18
    Middle School: 14-16
    Upper School: 14-16
  • Physics 9th Grade: Yes
  • Foreign Languages: Chinese (Mandarin), French, Latin, Spanish
  • Honors Classes: 23
  • AP Classes: 16
  • Harkness Table Method
  • SAT Critical Reading (550-660) - Middle 50%
  • SAT Math (560-680) - Middle 50%
  • SAT Writing (560-690) - Middle 50%
  • ACT Composite Score (25-30) - Middle 50%
  • Academy Scholars Program
  • Science Research Program
  • Senior Projects
  • Writing Center

Innovation & Special Programs

  • Art Across the Academy
  • Design Thinking
  • Nature Program
  • Young Engineers
  • New Community Project
  • Farm-to-Table
  • Beard Center for Innovation


Diversity

  • Students of color make up 28% of the school population
  • 32% for Lower School
  • 29% for Middle School
  • 25% for Upper School
  • Faculty and administration of color: 10%
  • Learn more about our Diversity Commitment

Extracurricular

  • 87 Athletic Teams (Middle School & Upper School), many nationally recognized.
  • Belfry Club: The nation's oldest, continuously-run high school dramatic club.
  • The Academy Monthly: One of the oldest student run literary magazines in the country, founded in 1885.
  • Ye Primer: First published in 1895 as a record of the senior class, the yearbook has expanded to include the whole school, and captures the life of the student body, faculty and staff with pictures, articles, and senior pages.
  • Clubs & Publications

International Programs

Germantown Academy has faculty and student exchange programs with schools in the following cities:

  • Beijing, China
  • Krakow, Poland
  • London, England
  • Seville, Spain
  • Freiburg, Germany
  • Freiburg, France