GA is a PreK-12, coed, nonsectarian day school in Fort Washington, PA

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GA’s Family Centered Admission process ensures that prospective families and students are provided with the thoughtful information they need to best understand our program, philosophy, and community, while parent input, school information and admission assessments help us get to know each applicant.  Our goal is to ensure that our students are in the best position possible to be both happy and successful at GA by learning as much as we can about them, and by offering them the opportunity to learn about GA! 

We look forward to getting to know you and your family this fall. You may begin the admission process by clicking on the red button below. Please contact the Office of Admission, Enrollment and Financial Aid if you have any questions at or 267-405-7070.  We are always happy to help.

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Admission Process

Germantown Academy Students Looking Into a PondAs members of our community, all students complete the same admission process. This process however is developmentally aligned between the age of the applicant and the division to which they are applying. The four divisions for admission are:

Early Childhood (PreK-2nd Grade)
Upper Elementary (3rd-5th Grades)
Middle School (6th-8th Grades)
Upper School (9th-12th Grades)

Traditional entry grades include PreK, Kindergarten, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, and 9th Grade. Non-Traditional entry grades have limited space availability which is typically based on attrition. GA does not accept applications to 12th Grade.

Admission FAQs

To learn more about how to apply, please select the appropriate division.

Early Childhood

1st Grade
2nd Grade


Upper Elementary

3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade


Middle School

6th Grade
7th Grade
8th Grade


Upper School

9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade


Financial Aid

Financial Aid is available to families who demonstrate financial need.


Admission Timeline

Germantown Academy Admission operates all year long, and we accept applications for PreK-11th grade throughout the year. We fill available spaces beginning with our First Round decisions in December and then through our Rolling Admission process from January until all spaces are filled.

First Round

If you would like to be considered in the First Round of admission decisions for December notification, your admission file must be complete by December 1.  We suggest the following timeline:

  • Application – We do not have an application deadline, however we recommend submitting an application as soon as possible so that we may ensure scheduling all of your GA appointments by December 1.
  • Teacher Recommendation(s) – please submit starting October 15.
  • School Records – please have your child’s school forward an Official School Report starting October 15. (We ask you to forward fall grades as soon as they are available.)
  • Admission Decisions - Notifications for First Round decisions will be sent by December 18.
  • Enrollment Date - Contracts will be available in January, with a due date of February 15. Any family in need of an extension of this date is welcome to contact the Admission, Enrollment and Financial Aid Office.

Rolling Admission

All applications whose admission files are complete after December 1 will be considered in our Rolling Admission process and notification will begin in January. Please note – we typically fill many of our 9th grade spaces in our First Round so we encourage you to follow our suggested timeline. Admission for all other grades occurs throughout the year.

The GA Investment

Multiple members from the Class of 2020 are attending Bucknell University, Elon University, University of Michigan and University of Pennsylvania. FULL LIST.


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.




We invite you to experience GA for yourself! 

We offer 3 ways for you to get to know us. All versions of our events will allow you to meet members of our community. CLICK HERE to learn more.



Monday Moments

Check out the finals for GA's Upper School Honors Engineering Mousetrap Competition!

Tuesday Tidbits

Fifth graders learned all about machine learning from Upper School Computer Science Department Chair Jason Oswald earlier in the school year.

Watch It Wednesdays

William Bellamy '10 sang "For Forever" from "Dear Evan Hanson" during Belfry Club's 125th anniversary on November 9, 2019. The award-winning Belfry Club is the oldest continuously operated high-school drama club in the country.

Throwback Thursdays

Throwback to Will & Jaryn's Big Adventures! During the 2011-12 school year, Will Black '12 and Jaryn Garner '12 took some time to check out every inch of GA's 126-acre campus along with members of the Office of Institutional Advancement. Enjoy Chapter 4!

Flashback Fridays

Priya Padhye ’19 delivers her speech in French during the 2018 GA Modern Language Induction Ceremony.

Getting Here.

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.

30 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).

Music appreciation.

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.


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Middle School

Upper School


Germantown Academy is...


Vibrant classrooms, championship teams, and musical performances offer opportunities to make each day a great day.

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GA friendships last a lifetime and the connections made here are a hallmark of our school.

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As a college preparatory school, GA provides students with a strong academic foundation across every division.

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Pursuing passions, trying new interests, and discovering unknown talents help students become their best selves.

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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. As required by Title IX, GA does not discriminate in the consideration of applications for admission on the basis of sex.