Lower School Field Day is one of Germantown Academy's longest and most cherished traditions. The annual event puts our Lower School students in the spotlight as they are cheered on by Middle School and Upper School students as they march out to Carey Stadium and compete in a variety of fun competitions before bleachers packed with parents and grandparents.
At Germantown Academy, students are challenged, supported, and engaged in a multitude of ways that lead to a transformational learning experience. They graduate as individuals who are capable of achieving far more than they had ever imagined.
It’s mid-May, with the spring season in full flower– pun totally intended. Want to know what you might do to more fully experience nature now? Simple. Grab a copy of “Spring Processional,” a hot-off-the-press book by local naturalist Craig Newberger, where you’d learn now is the time to see horseshoe crabs mating on the Delaware Bay and the first meadow wildflowers blooming.
Nine years and hundreds of books read, stories written, and math equations solved later, Marnie McDonald will say goodbye to Germantown Academy and its third grade hallway this June. Her passion for her students, teaching, and technology propelled her to take advantage of all of GA's gifts to further her own education to be the best teacher possible.
The AD’s Award is presented annually to a senior girl and/or senior boy who has been a multi-sport varsity athlete and has exemplified dedication to their team and school. Recipients are considered to be outstanding representatives of the Inter-Ac League in sportsmanship and leadership.
Led by Middle School faculty Kate Cassidy and Sara Goodwin, the 8th Grade Girls Group has established itself as a safe space for gender-specific conversation and confidence building.
The 8th Grade Elective Program brings faculty and students together in non-traditional classroom activities.
Senior Clara Alger '22 reflects on the beginning of her senior year, marked by GA's traditional Flag Raising.
For our third consecutive school year, GA proudly perseveres as a community united through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, embodying more than ever our school’s wise and inspiring motto: By persevering, we shall see the fruits.
A Leader in Engagement
While Germantown Academy teachers have engaged our students for over 260 years, how and why we seek to engage have evolved dramatically since our founding. Teachers and students now have equal, instant access to facts and content. Though faculty are no longer in sole possession of the keys necessary to unlock the world of knowledge, gifted ones are still indispensable in drawing our children toward that world. Our faculty demonstrate a genuine love of learning with and from their charges. This is 21st century engagement.
Our PreK through 2nd Grade curriculum, early childhood specialists, intentional learning spaces, and two-teacher classrooms provide young minds with support and direction children need to become enthusiastic seekers of knowledge.
Our workshop approach to literacy and math helps us know 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade students as individual learners, providing healthy challenges for all students.
The Middle School years present boundless opportunities to teach students how to be leaders of their own learning.
The Harkness Tables, House System, minimesters, honors arts programs, competitive athletics, and top tier science curriculum in the Upper School provide a wealth of opportunities for students to grow as independent thinkers and bold leaders.
GA faculty have created an environment that is intentional, stimulating, supportive, collaborative, and challenging in ways that equip students with the skills and knowledge to grow into thoughtful, motivated human beings and scholars.
A History of GA in 30 Objects offers fascinating glimpses into our school’s rich 250-plus year story, from Germantown to Fort Washington, and every page in between.
The close relationships established by small class sizes and a true sense of unity create lifelong connections between alumni and the school.
Making service efforts tangible is a critical aspect of translating social awareness from an abstract concept to something practiced each and every day.
33% of students receive tuition assistance
Student to Faculty Ratio
81 MS and US Sports Teams
Every student takes art and music through 8th Grade
The 501 members of the Classes of 2014 – 2017 elected to attend 165 different college and universities throughout the United States and abroad.
GA's four all-weather turf fields make us a leader among regional schools.
The Parents' Committee is an active body of GA parents that friend-raise and fundraise throughout the school year.
GA's Middle School hosts more than 20 different clubs, including student government, Art Club, Green Ambassadors, Karaoke, and Coding.
Germantown Academy was originally founded in the Germantown section of Philadelphia in 1759. GA's current campus in Fort Washington opened in 1964.
GA hosts international exchange programs for Upper School students and faculty with the countries of China, Poland, England, Spain, France and Germany.
Annually, 375+ students from all three divisions play an instrument, from lessons on campus to performing in bands and orchestras.