Frequently Asked Questions

What is a typical day of school at Germantown Academy? How do I get my child to school? What if my child is starting in a later gradeā€”is it difficult adjusting? Find out these answers and more! If you would like to hear actual GA students and faculty in their own words, please visit:

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Does GA provide after-school care?

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The SPARK Program is a childcare service available to Germantown Academy students in Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade. The program begins at the end of the school day and ends at 5:45 p.m. Children are grouped according to grade. Each group has its own team of supervising adults, its own facilities, and its own schedule of planned activities. The SPARK experience is designed to be fun. The afternoon schedule, planned by the supervising professionals, encourages children to socialize with friends, provides time for games created by peers, and makes use of indoor and outdoor facilities. The last 45 minutes of each day is a quiet time for doing homework or reading. SPARK fees are in addition to tuition. For specific information about the program, schedules, and fees please contact the SPARK Office at (215) 646-0605.

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What is the typical class size?

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Lower School classes are 12 to 19 students with two teachers. Middle and Upper School class sections are on average 15 students with one teacher. The number of Upper School sections varies according to course demands and graduation requirements in subject areas. Some classes have as few as 6 students.

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How long is the school day?

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Our classes begin at 8:05am and end at 2:50pm.

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Is there transportation to GA?

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Germantown Academy students come from more than 90 different communities in the greater Philadelphia region. Many students use public school buses to travel to and from GA everyday. School districts providing service to GA (please refer to the list below) have information available on the length of a student's ride and what transfers might be necessary. For older students, the SEPTA Fort Washington train station, as well as the SEPTA 98 and 94 bus routes, are a short walk to our campus. Starting in the sophomore year, students are permitted to drive to school.

The following school districts provide public school busing to GA:

Abington
Centennial
Central Bucks
Cheltenham
Colonial
Hatboro-Horsham
Lower Merion
Lower Moreland
Methacton
Norristown
North Penn
Perkiomen Valley
Philadelphia (1st - 8th)
Springfield
Upper Dublin
Upper Moreland
Wissahickon

Note: Haverford School District does not provide busing but will reimburse a family for transportation cost.

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What type of sports programs does GA offer?

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GA has an extensive offering of interscholastic sports programs in the Middle and Upper School. The school fields more than 80 teams per year, which encompasses 70% of Middle School students and 60% of Upper School students. 

Click here for the full list of athletic programs.

Beginning this summer, the athletic fields will be completely restructured. A new stadium will be build, there will be 2 artificial turf fields, and all playing fields will be regulation-sized. This is due to be completed Fall 2010.

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Where do most of your students live?

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GA is a regional school with students coming from various counties. The majority of GA students reside in Montgomery County, while we also draw students from Philadelphia County and Bucks County.

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How does GA view diversity?

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Diversity is an important initiative at GA. Racial, social, religious and economic diversity are all important. Currently, 27% of our student body represent an ethnic/racial minority.

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What colleges and universities do GA graduates attend?

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GA graduates attend some of the best colleges and universities in the country. In the past few years, the list has grown as varied and diverse as it has ever been, and includes students attending school overseas. GA has a large college guidance department that assists students and their families in the college application process beginning in their sophomore year. 100% of GA students attend college or university. 

Click here for a full matriculation list.

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What arts programs are available?

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GA offers a full array of musical, visual and theatrical arts programs for every student as part of our curriculum. 

In visual arts, students in all divisions focus on working with a variety of art media and have ample opportunity to develop skills, craftmanship, and confidence through experimentation.

The GA performing arts programs are all a regular part of the curriculum. There are a myriad of opportunities ranging from classical training, jazz band, chorus and our award-winning Belfry theater program.

Please click here for more information on our arts programs.

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Does everyone wear a uniform?

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In the Lower School, each student must wear a specific uniform that consists of different items for boys and girls. In Middle and Upper Schools, the students wear GA Gear which includes GA logo'd shirts.

Click
here to view dress code.