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

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General Information

  • Founded 1759
  • The oldest, non-sectarian, continuously run, independent day school in America.
  • PreK-12, College Preparatory
  • Located in Fort Washington, PA
  • Accredited by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
  • Member of the PAIS-BOA consortium of schools
  • Total Enrollment for 2021-22: 1,207
  • Senior Class Enrollment: 136

School Leadership

  • Dr. Lori Griswold 1760, President of Board of Trustees
  • Rich Schellhas 1760, Head of School
  • Nidhi McVicar, Assistant Head of School
  • Dr. Molly MacKean, Head of Upper School
  • Jonas Jeswald, Head of Middle School
  • Sue Szczepkowski, Head of Lower School
  • David Pannepacker, Chief Finance and Operating Officer
  • Laura Martin, Director of Admission, Enrollment and Financial Aid

Faculty

  • Full-time Faculty: 163
  • More than 70% of GA faculty hold advanced degrees
  • Overall Student: Faculty Ratio: 7:1

Students

  • 2021-22 Enrollment: 1,207
  • Lower School Students: 375
  • Middle School Students: 266
  • Upper School Students: 566
  • Boys: 619
  • Girls: 588
  • 2021-22 Retention: 97%
  • Students Receiving Financial Aid: 33%
  • Geographic Distribution: Students come from 100 different area towns that represent Montgomery, Bucks, Delaware, Chester, and Philadelphia counties. See transportation information here.

College Entrance

  • 100% of seniors who want to attend a 4-year college receive admission College Profile
  • 23 student-athletes from the Class of 2021 are currently playing for a Division I, II, or III team
  • Top colleges & universities attended by the most graduates in the last five years - Penn State (46), Drexel (32), University of Pennsylvania (30), Bucknell (22), Elon (17), Pitt (15), George Washington (15)  Class of 2021 college list here.

Academics

Innovation & Special Programs


Diversity

  • Students of color make up 31% of the school population
  • 31% for Lower School
  • 32% for Middle School
  • 30% for Upper School
  • Faculty and administration of color: 16.6%
  • Learn more about our Diversity Commitment

Extracurricular

  • 76 Athletic Teams (Middle School & Upper School).
  • Belfry Club: The nation's oldest, continuously-run high school dramatic club.
  • The Academy Monthly: One of the oldest student run literary magazines in the country, founded in 1885.
  • Ye Primer: First published in 1895 as a record of the senior class, the yearbook has expanded to include the whole school, and captures the life of the student body, faculty and staff with pictures, articles, and senior pages.
  • MS Clubs
  • US Clubs
  • Publications

International Programs

Germantown Academy has faculty and student exchange programs with schools in the following cities:

  • Beijing, China
  • Krakow, Poland
  • London, England
  • Seville, Spain
  • Freiburg, Germany
  • Freiburg, France