On Sunday, December 3, GA celebrated its annual Holiday Marketplace in the Field House. With more than 60 vendors in attendance and the new From the Boot food truck stationed outside, the Marketplace was a blast! Attendees had the opportunity to participate in raffle contests and the lucky winners were announced at the end of the event.
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.
The Upper School Performing Arts Department ushered in Winter 2023-24 with its annual Winter Concert on November 30. Featuring the Academy String Orchestra and Honors Strings, Singing Patriots and 1760 Singers, and the Academy Symphonic Band and Honors Band, almost 100 students performed for family, employees, and friends in the Arts Center.
STEAM Studio, taught by Lower School Art Chair and PreK-12 STEAM Coordinator Jess Grisafi and Lower School 3rd-5th Grade Science Teacher Troy Holiday '01, along with 4th Grade homeroom teachers, is one of the most interactive parts of the 4th Grade curriculum.
The Germantown Academy Lower School decided to try something new this year for their annual Thanksgiving project and embarked upon a “Thank You Day.” As told by Head of Lower School Sue Szczepkowski during the assembly, “showing gratitude is when we appreciate what is good in our lives; we appreciate our homes, food on our tables, family who takes care of us. When we say thank you and think about that, and we express that, it is called gratitude.
Former tech insider and social media strategist Max Stossel to spoke to students and families about the ways that social media impacts our minds, bodies, and hearts.
One of the most joyful parts of this project is when the students discover that their audience will be their parents. The A-Z Library & Learning Commons comes to life with second graders ready and waiting for their parents to arrive and become their students. Parents move from station to station, learning along the way, and getting an opportunity to practice many literacy skills.
After being given an opportunity to review the third grade curriculum, we felt that there was an opportunity to expand our knowledge and teaching about the Indigenous People local to the Germantown Academy area as well as the rest of the country.
Computer Science Department Chair Jason Oswald tells us why Computer Science Education Week is an annual call to action to inspire K-12 students to learn computer science, advocate for equity, and celebrate the contributions of students, teachers, and partners to the field.
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.
The 664 members of the Classes of 2017 – 2021 elected to attend 183 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.