Germantown Academy fosters a genuine love of learning and creates an exceptional academic, artistic, athletic and social experience for students. From the discussion-based Harkness Tables in the upper school, to the lower school’s dynamic Tinker Lab, to the incredible all-school Beard Center for Innovation, Germantown Academy expertly pairs 260 years of history and tradition with the best in innovation and 21st-century learning skills. Their Kids Teaching Kids science program, college-based Writing Center, awardwinning Belfry Club (the nation’s oldest continuously run high-school drama club), school-wide community service program and robust 6–12 Inter-Ac athletics program are just a few examples of the school’s commitment to excellence.
At Germantown Academy, students are valued for their unique gifts, parents are committed partners, and dedicated, talented teachers care deeply about helping each student succeed. Their mission statement—to inspire students to be independent in thought, confident in expression, compassionate in spirit, collaborative in action and honorable in deed—is alive in their classrooms, science labs, stages and fields every day, as is their promise to provide students with a truly extraordinary education.
26 Varsity Sports and more than 80 Middle and Upper School teams and club teams; 80+ Upper School Clubs Upper School Exchange programs with Germany, France, Spain, China, and England; 20+ Middle School Clubs All-School Community Service Organization Peer tutoring programs in Middle and Upper School; Upper School Writing Center Band, Orchestra and Choir in every division
At GA we inspire our students each day to live our school’s mission: to become independent, confident, compassionate, collaborative, and honorable individuals who will make a difference in our world. Our young scholars blossom in a community of caring adults who know them as people first. We teach them to seek genuine understanding, to treat others as they wish to be treated, and to be guided by their hearts as they pursue a life of the mind. As much as we challenge them with compelling and rigorous academics, we also challenge them to embody goodness, to embrace character, and to give of themselves generously so that they may become knowledgeable, ethical leaders who advocate for themselves, for what is right, for each other, and for others.
For 260 years, we have strived to bring out the best in our students, and our proud alumni/ae, leaders in their own right around the world, are living proof that our mission works. With an ideal mix of independent school excellence and creative, innovative thinking and practice, GA opens doors to new interests and opportunities, lifelong relationships, and a stellar education. In the end, however, we teach our students to find and open their own doors, to stride through them confidently, to hold them wide open for others. Around every corner of our school you will see children in the process of becoming, exploring, questioning, wondering, and growing in deep, meaningful ways – often in directions you may never have predicted had they not immersed themselves in the experiences awaiting them in our classrooms and outdoor learning spaces, on our fields and our stages. Our 126 acre campus affords us the resources necessary to help students become their best selves.
There is no better way to get to know the real GA than to stroll our buzzing hallways, engage in a captivating conversation with a student, and observe one of our passionate master teachers in the classroom. We enthusiastically invite you to see and feel it for yourself, to experience GA, and to give us the chance to get to know your family so that, together, we can discover how our school community might best enable your child to truly thrive.
Germantown Academy inspires students to be Independent in Thought, Confident in Expression, Compassionate in Spirit, Collaborative in Action, and Honorable in Deed.
One PreK-12 Campus, Coed Education, Nonsectarian Education, Athletics, Performing and Visual Arts, 126 Acres of Amazing Technology and Innovation