Parent FAQs

General
arrow_smallHow can I find out more about Quakerism?
arrow_smallHow do I reach my child in an emergency?
arrow_smallWhat happens if my child has something missing?
arrow_smallWho should I contact about registration questions?
arrow_smallWho should I contact about billing questions?

Health
arrow_smallWhat does my child do if they feel sick at school?
arrow_smallHow does my child get a flu shot?

Academics
arrow_smallWhat does my child need for the first day of class?
arrow_smallWhat supplies will my child need?
arrow_smallHow do I arrange for a tutor for my child?
arrow_smallHow do I find out how my child is doing academically?
arrow_smallWhat happens if my child misses a class?

Boarding
arrow_smallHow do I help my child learn to live away from home?
arrow_smallWhat can I do to help me deal with the absence of my child?
arrow_smallCan I spend weekends on campus?
arrow_smallWhat do I need to know about the dorms?
arrow_smallWhat should I pack?

Annual Fund
arrow_smallWhat is the Annual Fund and why should parents also contribute to it?
arrow_smallHow much do I give to the Annual Fund?
arrow_smallHow do I make a gift to the Annual Fund?

General

How can I find out more about Quakerism?

Visit the About George School section on our website to learn more about Quakerism. If you want a few small pamphlets or a book on various aspects of Quakerism, you can get them by contacting the Friends General Conference Bookstore at bookstore@fgc.quaker.org or 1.800.966.4556 for orders or consultation. They can send you a catalog or help you select books by phone.

How do I reach my child in an emergency?

In an emergency, call the Deans’ Office at 215.579.6589.

If you are playing phone tag with your child and are getting frustrated by the lack of contact, call the Deans’ Office. They will track your child down and ask him or her to contact you.

What happens if my child has something missing?

We encourage students to notify the Deans’ Office immediately and then go to the Security Office to fill out a Lost or Stolen Item Report. In some cases, the local police will be notified.

Your child should also notify the dorm head who may call a special dorm meeting. Your child can also make signs and post them around campus or place a notice on Office 365—our school’s email network.

Usually, there are more “found” notices posted on the school networks than “lost” notices. All students are encouraged to use locks on their locker, lock their dorm room door, carry a small amount of cash, and utilize the Student Bank or Deans’ Office safe for larger amounts of cash and/or important documents for safekeeping.

Who shoud I contact about registration questions?

There a number of people who can help you with questions about registration. Please visit our Registration Help page for contact information.

Who should I contact about billing questions?

Please contact Rose Rosenberg at 215.579.6510 or rrosenberg@georgeschool.org for questions about billing, payments or insurance.

Health

What does my child do if he or she feels sick at school?

If your child is not feeling well, he or she should come to the Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) for evaluation by a registered nurse and if necessary a nurse practitioner or physician. Students who are ill will rest in the SHWC.

How does my child get a flu shot?

The Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) will provide the flu vaccine in the fall. With written permission from a student’s parent or guardian, a student may receive the flu shot. The SHWC will arrange for the Business Office to charge you for the immunization.

If you would like your child to receive the flu shot, send a letter to the Student Health and Wellness Center, George School, PMB 4465, Newtown, PA, 18940, or fax it to 215.579.6712. For more information, call the Student Health and Wellness Center at 215.579.6715.

Academics

What does my child need for the first day of class?

Please be sure to bring:

  • any required summer assignments
  • notebook (spiral-bound or 3-ring; you may want pockets included to hold any handouts)
  • pens/pencils

What supplies will my child need?

George School has no specific list of school supplies that all students need, but most students like to have:

  • three ring-binders
  • dividers
  • filler paper
  • graph paper
  • folders
  • pens/pencils
  • ruler
  • stapler
  • scientific or graphing calculator (no particular calculator model is required and a very inexpensive scientific calculator is fine)
  • day planner (a George School planner which includes the arrangement schedule, academic calendar, and various resources is available at the George School Campus Store)

Your child can opt to purchase these in our on-campus store or you may purchase them wherever you like prior to arriving. Teachers with very specific supply requirements will make students aware of these on the first day of school and these supplies will be available at the on-campus store.

How do I arrange for a tutor for my child?

If your child is having trouble in an academic course, you should talk to his or her teacher. If the teacher believes that tutoring is the right course of action, you should contact the learning specialist.

The learning specialist will help you decide whether your child needs a peer tutor, a campus tutor or an off-campus tutor.

Peer tutors are responsible George School students who work one-on-one with students who need help in subject areas. Arrangements with peer tutors may be made through the learning specialist.

Campus tutors are professional tutors who are affiliated with George School. These tutors may work with your child either in specific subject areas and/or in helping your child with general study skills. The fees will be billed to you through the school’s business office. Arrangements may be made through the learning specialist.

Off-campus tutors are professional tutors who are not part of the school’s official tutoring network. Parents may make arrangements for direct payment to these tutors. These tutors may work with your child both on study skills and/or in specific subject areas.

How do I find out how my child is doing academically?

The most effective way to find out how your child is doing is to contact your child’s advisor. The advisor is responsible for overseeing the overall academic success of your child. He or she will listen to your concerns, share his or her perspective, and then get back to you later if you need more detailed information from some teachers. This contact with other teachers may take a couple of days.

You also should feel free to email or call an individual teacher if you need direct contact. Teachers expect to receive emails and phone calls from parents between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. on weekdays. Their email addresses and office phone numbers are available on our website in the Faculty & Staff Directory. Their home phone numbers are listed in the Community Directory.

What happens if my child misses a class?

If your child misses a class or a commitment, he or she will be marked absent by the teacher, coach, advisor, etc. Lateness of fifteen minutes or more can be considered as an absence. Within several days, your child will be notified by email about the absence. If the absence is in error, your child should take the note to the teacher, coach, advisor, etc, and then to the Attendance Office to get the record cleared.

If your child is unable to get the absence excused from the person who originally submitted the absence, the absence is logged as an official class cut.

Students are placed on Cut Warning after the third cut and parents are notified by the Deans’ Office.
If your child violates a Cut Warning by accruing additional absences in the same term or three absences in a subsequent term, he or she will meet with a dean and if available, the student advisor and will be assigned to demerit restrictions for one week. Continued class cuts may be considered by Advisory Council and will place your child’s tenure at the school in jeopardy. A student and his or her parent(s) can check the student’s attendance status through the George School Student or Parent Portal.

To put the cut situation into perspective, you need to realize that your child has a minimum of thirty-five obligations per week. If you multiply that by a ten-week term, your child has 350 opportunities to be on time, late, or absent during that term. He or she is probably not perfect, and will make some mistakes. A few cuts are not the end of the world.

Boarding

How do I help my child learn to live away from home?

Students love to hear from their parents, siblings, or friends from home either by email, mail, or phone. Students are often hard to reach so families find it helpful to establish a regular time when kids will call home.

You might be surprised at how much students love care packages with favorite snacks, cookies, photos, music…anything that would remind them of home. When it is birthday time, you can place an order for a birthday cake to be delivered to a dorm.

What can I do to help me deal with the absence of my child?

George School parents share helpful tips in the Boarding Parents Handbook. In addition, you should feel free to call your child’s advisor as often as you wish, especially during the first few months of school. The advisor sees your child most school days and can let you know how he or she is doing.

Can I spend weekends on campus?

Currently there are no guest rooms available on campus, but there are many bed-and-breakfasts, inns and motels nearby. You will find a list of local hotels and motels on our website.

The website also includes a list of local restaurants. Your child and his or her friends will love to go off campus for a meal with you. Conversely, you are welcome to eat meals in the dining hall when you are on campus.

What do I need to know about the dorms?

Each dorm room includes a bed, mattress, dresser, desk, chair, and small mirror. All beds are standard twin-size. Linens and pillows are not provided. Approved mattress pads are available in the bookstore.

We provide two options for students’ laundry. We have a wash and fold Laundry Service available at a cost of $325 for the entire school year. Students may drop off and pick up their laundry in Main Building between 6:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It is helpful if students’ clothing is marked with their names. You may sign up here if you are interested in this service. We also provide coin operated machines (Washers $1.25 per load/Dryers $1.00 per load) in the dorms for student use.

Local stores within walking distance of campus: Giant (supermarket), Rite Aid (pharmacy), Newtown Book & Record, Newtown Hardware, Starbucks, and various restaurants.

ATM: There is an ATM located at American Heritage Credit Union in the Summit Square Shopping Center. Students may incur a fee for ATM withdrawals if they are not a member of the credit union.

GS Debit System: We encourage students to open a George School debit account. Students with a debit account can make cash withdrawals on campus using their student identification card. To learn more about the debit system, please refer to the Student Debit Account Question and Answer Form.

Please do not hang up on your walls any posters that depict violations of major school rules, are sexually exploitive, or are violent in nature. Nails and push pins may not be used on the walls; sticky tack is on sale in the bookstore and works quite well.

What should I pack?

Please be sure to bring:

• Backpack
• Basket for shower supplies
• Bathrobe
• Blankets
• Calculator (scientific, TI-84 suggested)
• Clothes (see below)
• Comb/brush
• Comforter
• Eating utensils, reusable cups, plate/bowl
• Hangers
• Laptop computer
• Laundry bag
• Mattress cover
• Medications that your
doctor has prescribed to
you (to be kept at the
Student Health and
Wellness Center
)
• Pillows and pillowcases
• Power strip with built-in circuit breaker
• School supplies
• Sheets (standard twin-size)
• Snacks in a well-sealed container
• Sports equipment and clothing
• Tissues
• Toiletries (deodorant, shampoo, soap, etc.)
• Toothbrush and toothpaste
• Towels
• Trash can
• Umbrella

Optional items you might want to bring:

• Alarm clock
• Bike with helmet and lock
• Camera
• Desk lamp (not halogen)
• Fan
• Food storage containers
• Hair dryer/straightening iron
(only to be used in
designated areas
)
• Kitchen equipment and items
(approved only and must be
used in designated areas
)
• Music system (personal sized only
with headphones)
• Refrigerator, small (there is
a one-time $50 utility fee
)
• Throw rugs
• USB flash drive

What clothes to bring: Dress is casual at George School. Be modest, neat, and clean and you will be fine. Please refer to the expectations for dress outlined in the Community Handbook (both the Introductory Edition and the Complete Volume). On dressier occasions (such as Sunday meeting for worship or performances in Walton), you may wear Bermuda-style shorts, athletic or other types of shorts. You may not wear T-shirts to these events. Boys, please bring a sport coat and tie; girls, please bring a dress or nice pants. Remember to bring a heavy coat, swimsuits, and rain gear.

Please do not bring: Cars, halogen lamps, microwaves, motorcycles, pets, or two-pronged extension cords.

Don’t even think about bringing: Alcohol containers (full or empty), beer bottles or cans, candles, drugs or drug paraphernalia, hoverboards, incense, lighters, matches, tobacco products, or weapons of any sort (including pocketknives). It is forbidden for you to have these items in your possession.

If you bring and ride a bike, skateboard, longboard, or scooter, you must bring and wear a helmet that is properly fitted and buckled when riding.

Annual Fund

What is the Annual Fund and why should parents also contribute to it?

The Annual Fund is the primary fundraising effort that takes place each year to support the general operations of George School. Over $1.5 million dollars is raised from gifts to the Annual Fund which immediately go to work to support every student and faculty member at George School. Gifts to the Annual Fund are 100 percent tax deductible and are used in the year in which they are raised. If you can only make one charitable gift this year, please make it to the George School Annual Fund.

How much do I give to the Annual Fund?

Last year George School received Annual Fund gifts from parents ranging from $1 to $25,000. Contributions are vital to the financial well-being of George School, and every gift, no matter the size, demonstrates a collective commitment to our mission. George School only asks that your gift be personally significant for your family. Indeed, the only gift too small is no gift at all.

Leadership Giving Circles ($1,893 or greater) provide approximately 75 percent of all dollars raised in the Annual Fund each year. A leadership gift helps ensure George School’s financial stability from year to year.

How do I make a gift to the Annual Fund?

Your tax-deductible gift can be made online or by cash, check, credit card, or securities. Make sure to check if your or your spouse’s company has a matching gift program.

Gifts can be made to the Annual Fund any time within our fiscal year which runs August 1 through July 31. If you have any questions, please contact the director of annual giving at 215.579.6564.