Continuing Curriculum Series

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Ever wish you could be a GA Upper School student again (or, for the first time)? Our "Continuing Curriculum Series" will give GA alumni, parents and parents of alumni the chance to do just that! Each school year, we'll provide two "classes" for any community member to attend. Some will be held on campus and some will be away from the school entirely, but all will be a glimpse of the knowledge our faculty use to engage and educate our students.

Past Programs

Putting the German Back In Germantown

Ever wonder about Germantown Academy’s roots in the German community of Philadelphia’s early days? So did over 50 members of the GA community who decided to join Head of Upper School & Assistant Head of School Rich Schellhas and alumnus Eric Wimmers ’61 on a German culture trip – first for lunch and then to GA’s original campus in Germantown. “Students” of Herr Schellhas enjoyed a hearty German lesson including common phrases used in a restaurant and a lively song on their bus ride to Brauhaus Schmitz in Center City where they enjoyed some of Philadelphia’s best German food and drink. Everyone was then whisked away to the Germantown campus where they toured the buildings and heard from Herr Wimmers, and several alumni who attended at that campus, about how the buildings were used at for GA’s students. The Germantown campus now houses the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf since 1984. GA's thanks go to Mark Marcellino, a PA School for the Deaf alumnus and now employee, who shared additional history and current information about his school’s use of the campus.

Summer Reading Day

There's so much to enjoy about summer: beach trips, BBQ's and of course BOOKS! Please join our esteemed faculty in the first-ever Alumni & Parent of Alumni Summer Reading Day, with titles from the Upper School Summer Reading list itself. Choose from one of the books listed below, read it over the next several weeks and then come to campus on Saturday, September 12th to participate in a faculty-led book discussion. Be sure to register so we know to expect you! Continental breakfast and snacks provided. Happy reading!

Book Descriptions:

Just Mercy (Bryan Stevenson) - Drewniany, McVeigh, Ayers (ISBN: 9780812994520) - Fiction
Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.

Predictably Irrational (Dan Ariely) - Garvan (ISBN:9780061353246 ) – Psychology
In this newly revised and expanded edition of the groundbreaking New York Times bestseller, Dan Ariely refutes the common assumption that we behave in fundamentally rational ways. From drinking coffee to losing weight, from buying a car to choosing a romantic partner, we consistently overpay, underestimate, and procrastinate. Yet these misguided behaviors are neither random nor senseless. They're systematic and predictable–making us predictably irrational.