Germantown Academy is committed to supporting the transportation needs of its students. Outlined below are the transportation options. While some students are driven to and from school by car, there are many students who ride their school district bus to GA each day.
School District Busing
GA families come from more than 90 communities each day to Fort Washington, some from as far 50 miles away, and many within 10 miles. The following school districts currently serve the transportation needs of Germantown Academy students.
Most school districts will mail bus pickup and dropoff information to your home in mid-August. Some will post the information on their district website (linked below), and some districts need a separate form filled out (linked below as "form needed"). You could also receive an email from GA should the district communicate only in that manner. If no information is received by August 22, please contact your school district.
- Most school districts do not transport PreKindergarten students, regardless of their age.
- It is important to note that you MUST sign you child(ren) up with BOTH your home school district and GA in order to use school district transportation.
- Most school districts transport qualifying students in Grades K thru 12. However, the Philadelphia School District transports students in Grades 1 through 8 only. Philadelphia students in Grades 7 through 12 who are registered through GA are issued Transpasses by the GA Transportation Office, which may be used for SEPTA buses and/or trains.
- Students are not permitted to ride a different school district bus (no exceptions) than their own, ie. no playdate transportation is allowed.
- Blue Notes must be used in the Lower School any time your child(ren) has a change in their normal transportation schedule.
- All behavioral issues that may happen while a child is riding the school bus will be reported to their Division Office and will be dealt with by the Division Head.
Germantown Academy is located directly across Bethlehem Pike from the Fort Washington train station. Students who use SEPTA take the Lansdale/Doylestown line from the suburbs and the city each day. There is a cross walk over Bethlehem Pike, and another cross walk over Morris Road for students to travel safely. Many students use this public transportation in groups.
Drop-Off/Pick-Up and Parking
There are several hundred cars on campus at all times. Drop-off each morning occurs between 7:30 and 8am, and can be a hectic time on campus. Several members of the GA faculty and GA security staff are on-hand to assist in providing a safe environment for community members. Cars must drop their passengers off curbside along the Quad or the Middle and/or Upper School buildings. Parents staying past drop-off time will need to park in a visitor space which can be found in the Main Lot near the entrance to the Korman Family Pavilion (between the Middle and Upper Schools), or on the Bus Lane.
While hundreds of students ride the bus to school, many more ride home in a car. There are specific entrances for pick-up in the afternoon, depending on the grade level of your child(ren), which begins at approximately 2:50pm. Again, several members of the GA faculty and GA security staff are on-hand to assist in the daily dismissal process. It is important to remember that cell phones are not to be used while driving on campus.
- How can my child(ren) take the school bus to GA?
- What if my child misses the bus home?
- What if I am late dropping my child off at school?
- What if my child wants to play a sport/instrument/go to SPARK after school?
- What if I can't get my child until 5pm or later?
- How do I change my child's bus transportation or his/her stop? What if we move during the school year?
- How does my child get a SEPTA pass or train passes (if we live in Philadelphia)?
- What if my child(ren) live in two different school districts during the week/month?