Quick Facts

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 Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, 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: 1,150
  • Senior Class Enrollment: 127
 
SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
  • Judi J. Goodman 1760, 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
  • Allison Sasson, Assistant Head of Lower School
 
FACULTY
  • Total Faculty: 153 
  • More than 64% of GA faculty hold advanced degrees
  • Student: Faculty Ratio: 7.5:1 (overall)
Students
  • Enrollment: 1,150
  • Lower School Students: 320
  • Middle School Students: 293
  • Upper School Students: 537
  • Boys: 624
  • Girls: 526
  • Students Receiving Financial Aid: 26%
  • Geographic Distribution: Students come from 94 different area towns that represent Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, and Philadelphia counties.
 
 COLLEGE ENTRANCE

Academics
  • Average Class Size: 
    • Lower School: 12-18 
    • Middle School: 14-16 
    • Upper School: 14-16 
  • Physics 9th Grade: Yes (learn more)
  • Foreign Languages: Chinese (Mandarin), French, Latin, Spanish
  • Honors Classes: 23
  • AP Classes: 16 (see test scores)
  • 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
  • Preserve & Nature Curriculum
  • Science Research Program
  • Senior Project
  • Writing Center
 
 Innovation & Special Programs
 
 
Diversity
 
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, captures the life of the student body, faculty and staff with pictures, articles and senior pages.
  • List of 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