Head of School Rich Schellhas talks about the importance of teaching design thinking at Germantown Academy.
Community and Opportunity
The Germantown Academy community is comprised of engaged students who are best described as inquisitive, involved, and passionate creators. They eagerly blaze their own personal trails in our classrooms, labs, and studios and on our playgrounds, stages, and fields. They are intrinsically motivated to learn as much as they can and independently driven to seize the ample opportunities that come from strong connections, amazing facilities, and diverse experiences. They are inspired by and through our mission to be independent in thought, confident in expression, compassionate in spirit, collaborative in action, and honorable in deed.
Our community also includes parents, faculty, alumni, administration, staff, and friends of our school who are wholly committed to the values imbued in our philosophy, purpose, and mission. When asked, “Why GA?” opportunity and community are the two words consistently shared by all GA constituents. Indeed the connections, campus, and experiences provide a true foundation for life.
A permanent Lower School Tinker Lab where all children in PreKindergarten through 5th Grade can explore, create, collaborate, and use their imagination meets GA's Strategic Vision goal of creating an indoor learning environment that reflects best practices around young children's need to engage in multi-sensory learning.
Student Voices -
"Germantown Academy is impressive for its academics, athletics, and extracurriculars, but what sets it apart as an extraordinary institution is the true sense of community on its campus. GA teachers care immensely about their students, and they demonstrate this devotion to education by not only assisting their students with academics, but also by building interpersonal relationships within the classroom that make each class feel like a small family. Additionally, GA boasts the resources of a college: available and knowledgeable librarians, a robotics lab with 3D printers, a variety of computers and tablets for student use, and other notable technological/educational amenities. All in all, GA brings passion and engagement to education, instilling in each student the curiosity and zeal for learning that can help them go far." - Member of the Class of 2019 via NICHE.com
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Financial Aid is available to families who demonstrate financial need.
Multiple members from the Class of 2018 are attending Penn, Drexel, Lehigh, Penn State and GWU.
Faculty/Student relationships continue well after graduation.
More than 1/4 of each graduating class plays a sport in college.
Young alumni say their greatest assets in college are time management and the ability to write exceptionally well.
Students come to GA from more than 90 cities and towns. School districts within 10 miles of GA provide busing to school. Many Middle and Upper School students from Doylestown to Philadelphia use SEPTA as transportation to school. The train stop is right across the street from campus.
When students start at GA, they stay at GA.
GA’s annual attrition rate is 3 percent – one of the lowest among independent and religious schools in the area. Our school welcomes 80-90 new families annually.
Teachers make a commitment.
Our faculty average years of teaching at GA is 18. Eighteen faculty and staff members are also graduates of GA.
Financial assistance is available.
28 percent of the students at Germantown Academy receive some form of need-based financial assistance each year.
I work until 5pm each day.
Many Middle and Upper School students congregate in the Roberts Family Library (until 5pm) and the Korman Family Pavilion (until 6pm) to socialize and study. An aftercare program called SPARK is available for all Lower School students from 2:50-5:45pm and can be attended and paid for on a daily, weekly or yearly basis.
Bienvenido a GA.
GA offers several modern and classical languages, including Spanish, French, Chinese, Latin, and our Head of School’s favorite – German (as an elective).
Annually, 375+ students from all three divisions play an instrument, and performances include divisional concerts with bands, orchestras and ensembles. Choral groups are found all across the school as well.
Everyone can participate.
GA hosts more than 80 Middle and Upper School sports teams and club programs. With a no-cut policy and more than 75 percent of the student body participating, all Patriots can find their place here.
The path to college.
100+ colleges and universities visit the GA campus for small-group information sessions and an annual college fair.
Germantown Academy welcomes students of all backgrounds. If you would like either translation or interpretation services during the admission process, please CLICK HERE to send an email request to the Admission Office. Thank you!
Germantown Academy Non-Discrimination Policy
Germantown Academy is committed to a policy of non-discrimination in all aspects of our community’s actions and relationships on any basis including but not limited to race, religion, ancestry, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, familial status, disability, veteran status or national origin.