Founded in 1893, George School is a Quaker, coed boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12. It is wooded and sunny, quiet and energetic, serious and playful. It’s a comfortable, stimulating place to be yourself, to discover new worlds, to help others. You can study calculus and social justice. Chinese and woodworking. Chemistry and golf. In short, George School is a great place to get ready for college. But that’s just a benefit of getting ready for life.
There are about 530 students enrolled in the average year.
52% are Girls; 48% are Boys
54% are Boarding Students; 46% are Day Students
15% are Quaker
18% are International Students
20% are Students of Color
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George School is academically rigorous. Besides offering a wide variety of Advanced Placement and other interesting, challenging classes, we are one of only four U.S. boarding schools offering the International Baccalaureate Program.
George School is located in historic Newtown, Pennsylvania. It is a half hour from Princeton, New Jersey; forty minutes from Philadelphia; and two hours from New York City.
Tuition and Financial Aid
For 2102-13, boarding student tuition is $48,910. Day student tuition is $32,860.
Approximately 48 percent of our students receive some financial aid. The average boarding student financial aid award is over $34,300 and the average day student award is nearly $20,400. Our financial aid program (almost one quarter of our annual operating budget) represents one of the most significant commitments to financial aid of any independent school in the country.
The International Baccalaureate Program is an intensive, internationally recognized two-year curriculum. Advanced Placement classes are challenging academic offerings that can be recognized for credit at college. The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program helps international students adapt to an English-speaking system of education. There are domestic and international service trips to such places as coastal Louisiana, Washington, DC, Cuba, Ecuador, Vietnam, and South Africa. Foreign language trips go to places like France, Italy, and Nicaragua.
Team Sports: Baseball (boys), basketball (boys and girls), cheerleading (coed), cross-country (boys and girls), equestrian (coed for fall and spring), field hockey (girls), football (boys), golf (coed), lacrosse (boys and girls), soccer (boys and girls), softball (girls), swimming (boys and girls), tennis (boys and girls), track (coed in winter, boys and girls in spring), volleyball (girls), and wrestling (boys). Students who are managers or athletic trainers can get team sport credit.
Physical Education Classes: Topics covered in general Physical Education classes vary with the season, and may include aerobics, badminton, basketball, Frisbee, golf, personal fitness, soccer, tennis, volleyball, or weight training. Specialty Physical Education classes are offered in ultimate Frisbee, weight training, and yoga.
George School offers a wide variety of visual and performing arts classes, including theater, stagecraft, dance, music, ceramics, painting and drawing, photography, videography, and woodworking. Classes are offered through different levels and includeAdvanced Placement and International Baccalaureate arts classes.
George School Hymn
The Hymn to George School, sung each year at commencement, was composed by Robert W. Steele, who taught music at George School from 1948 to 1957. It first appeared in the student handbook in 1954.
George School’s campus is 240 acres of open lawns and beautiful woods. Facilities include a solar-powered greenhouse, two athletic facilities including an eight-lane pool, ten playing fields, ten outdoor tennis courts, stables and two riding rings, as well as a Student Health Center, bookstore, coffeehouse, post office, and snack bar.
The library houses 20,000 volumes as well as electronic and computer resources, and participates with over 2,000 libraries in interlibrary loans. A new, state-of-the-art green (environmentally friendly) library and learning commons opened in Fall 2009.
Our Quaker meetinghouse was built in Philadelphia in 1812 and moved to campus in 1974. The structure is little changed but students, during silent meeting for worship, can still gaze up at the eight old, enormous roof trusses.