Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!
As we prepare to begin a new school year, we feel particularly filled with joy to welcome new and returning members to campus.
We are joyful for new students who will embark on becoming citizen scholars who “let their lives speak,” and to welcome returning students who will deepen their commitments to academic excellence and the pursuit of truth. We are joyful about joining together again in the richness of the George School community.
Welcome to all of our George School families to the start of this exciting year!
Please use this page to help plan your campus arrival, and check back frequently for updates. For back-to-school questions, please email email@example.com.
All required registration forms must be submitted before students arrive on campus.
Key Back-to-School Dates
August 15–26: Preseason
August 25: New Student Registration and Orientation Begins
- 8:00-9:15 a.m. – Registration: New Boarding Students
– New boarding students should enter campus via Main Drive and proceed to check in near Marshall lot.
- 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Registration: New Day Students
– New day students should enter campus via Farm Drive, park in the Fitness and Athletics Center parking lot, and proceed up the hill to check in at Red Square.
- Parents/guardians who drop off their new student for preseason on August 15 are invited to the new student welcome event on August 25 beginning at 1:00 p.m. for the Head of School Welcome in Walton Auditorium.
August 27: New Student Orientation Ends
August 28: Returning Boarding Students Arrive
August 29: First Day of School
Preseason is an intensive two-week program where new and returning students who are interested in playing on a varsity team in the fall return to campus early for training and conditioning. Preseason begins on August 15 and ends on August 26. If you have questions, or would like more details about a specific sport, please contact the head coach. Learn more.
Parents who drop off their new student for preseason on August 15 are invited to the new student welcome event on August 25 beginning at 1:00 p.m. for the Head of School Welcome in Walton Auditorium.
View key dates for the upcoming academic year including the start of each term and school breaks. You can review the full calendar here.
Community Directory/Student ID Photo
Please upload an updated passport-type photo of your child for the 2022-2023 Community Directory and student ID on the Parent Portal. Contact Carol Wozniak with any questions.
George School’s main telephone is 215.579.6500. That number gives you access to an auto attendant system that provides the extension numbers for the most commonly contacted departments. View George School’s Faculty and Staff Directory.
– Admission: Call 215.579.6547 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions related to the 2022-23 enrollment contract.
– Athletics: Call Kurt Ruch at 215.579.6686 or email email@example.com for questions about athletic offerings and preseason.
– Attendance Office: Call 215.579.6593 or email Attendance Supervisor Laurie Moyer at firstname.lastname@example.org when your child will be absent, late, or will leave early, including for bad weather.
– Billing: Please contact Rose Rosenberg at 215.579.6510 or email@example.com for questions about billing, payments, or insurance.
– Deans’ Office: Call 215.579.6589 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need to locate your child, especially in a family emergency. If there are any changes to their regular routine as a day student or a boarder, do not hesitate to contact the Deans’ Office. The Dean’s Office has phone coverage for twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week while school is in session.
– Events: Call 215.579.6502 or email Director of Events Gayle Kowalewski at email@example.com if you want to send your child a birthday cake.
– ITS Service Desk: Call 215.579.6560 or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you need information about usernames, passwords, or login information.
– Learning Center: Call 215.579.6771 or email email@example.com if your child is having difficulty studying and/or needs a tutor.
– Parent Guardian Association: Call 215.579.6574 or email Director of Parent Engagement Ginny Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know when the next Parent Guardian Association meeting is scheduled, or if you would like to learn more about volunteer opportunities.
– Post Office: Call 215.579.6600 if you want to leave a message in your child’s mailbox.
– Registrar: Call 215.579.6530 or email Registrar Val Fusco at email@example.com if you have a question about course placement, advisor assignment, or scheduling issues.
– Registration: If you have any questions along the way during registration, you can contact the Registration Help Line at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 215.579.6625.
– Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC): Contact the SHWC at 215.579.6715 if your child feels sick at school.
Health and Safety Reminders
At George School, ensuring the health and safety of our community is our highest priority. George School will continue to follow CDC, Pennsylvania and Bucks County Departments of Health for updates related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global outbreak of monkeypox, and all health concerns, and make decisions based on their guidance.
– All students, faculty, and staff are required to be fully vaccinated and boosted [with FDA-approved vaccines] against COVID-19 and its variants.
– George School is a mask-friendly campus. Mask-wearing is encouraged but not required. However, parents, guardians, and visitors who are not fully vaccinated and boosted must be masked inside all campus buildings.
– All students should come to campus with a supply of masks in case masking is required for any period of time or they become sick on campus. Current guidance suggests that KN95 masks are most effective. The school does not provide students with masks.
– Any student who is on campus and is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should report immediately to the Student Health and Wellness Center (SHWC) for evaluation and testing as needed. The SHWC will provide test kits for boarding students; day students will be advised to see their primary care provider for testing. Students are NOT permitted to bring COVID-19 tests with them to campus.
The Follett online bookstore will open on Monday, August 1. Orders over $99 will receive free ground shipping. Please access the Follett bookstore through this link to the GS Portal, which allows you to view and purchase books for the courses that your child is registered to take this year. Books must be purchased prior to the start of the school year. Contact Maddy Roepcke with any questions. Learn more.
Find answers to all of your GS questions in the Parent FAQs.
Parent and Guardian Association
The Parent and Guardian Association (PGA) provides programming and volunteer opportunities for parents to contribute to the GS experience.
Join the PGA Facebook Group for updates and sharing ideas, and sign up for PGA emails to learn about requests for volunteers, meeting announcements, and more!
We are looking for returning parents to assist with New Student Orientation during the morning registration and the afternoon Parent Reception. Please contact Director of Parent Engagement Ginny Waller if you are interested or have questions.
Student Courses for September
Students’ courses are listed on the Courses for September page on the Portal. If a summer assignment is required, it is indicated in the course list. All students have a summer assignment for English, and students registered for Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses have additional assignments. Students access their summer assignments in Canvas. The School Office team continues to rework schedules for returning students who requested adjustments during Course Confirmation. Please direct questions about courses to the School Office.
Student Health Forms
All health forms were due Monday, August 1. You can access and update Magnus, your electronic medical record, on the Parent Portal. Contact Administrator of the Student Health and Wellness Center Indira Rodrigo with questions.
See the Transportation page for more information.
What do students need for the first day of class?
Students should bring their laptop, textbooks, notebooks (spiral-bound or 3-ring) with pockets included to hold any handouts, pens, and pencils. On the first day of classes each teacher will give students a list of any specific supplies required for their class.
(Students are required to bring their own Mac or PC laptop to school. Read more about the policy here and review the Student Laptop Specifications.)
Information for New Families
All school communications to new students will be sent to their GS email addresses. Any student who does not have their username/password, or has been unable to access the Portal, their Office 365 account, or the New Student Technology Orientation course in Canvas, should contact the IT Service Desk at 215.579.6560 or email@example.com.
New Student Orientation (NSO)
All new students are required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO). The 2022 program is planned for Thursday, August 25 through Saturday, August 27.
NSO continues for students on Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27. Day students can be dropped off on campus at the Fitness and Athletics Center (FAC) between 7:00-8:00 a.m. Pick-up time on August 26 is at 5:30 p.m. at the FAC, and at 6:30 p.m. on August 27 at the FAC.
Please check your registration progress on the Portal for any outstanding items. All required forms must be submitted before students arrive on campus. If a form is incomplete, a hold may be placed on a student’s account and they will not be allowed on campus.
Holds may occur if:
- Outstanding fees to the Business Office are due.
- Health paperwork is due.
- A student needs to submit a Community Directory/Student ID photo.
Welcome Schedule for New Families (August 25)
Thursday, August 25 Welcome Schedule for New Families
- 8:00-9:15 a.m. – Registration: New Boarding Students (New boarding students should enter campus via Main Drive and proceed to check in near Marshall lot).
- 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Dorm Move-In
- 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Registration: New Day Students (New day students should enter campus via Farm Drive, park in the Fitness and Athletics Center parking lot, and proceed up the hill to check in at Red Square).
- 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Lunch (Red Square)
- 1:00-1:30 p.m. – Head of School Welcome Address (Walton Auditorium)
- 1:45-2:30 p.m. – Meeting for Worship for Parents and Students (Meetinghouse)
- 2:30 p.m. – Parent/Student Goodbyes
- 2:45-3:45 p.m. – Introduction to Key Administrative Staff (Walton Auditorium)
- 3:45 p.m. – Parent Reception (Fitness and Athletics Center)
- 2:45 p.m. – New Student Orientation
- 5:30 p.m. – Day Student Pick-up
*Parents who drop off their new student for preseason on August 15 are invited to the new student welcome event on August 25 beginning at 1:00 p.m. for the Head of School Welcome in Walton Auditorium.
Information for New Boarding Students
George School does not arrange transportation for student arrivals. Sterling Limousine and Transportation Services will transport from Philadelphia, Newark and JFK Airports, and is a recommended resource that the school has used for several years.
- Families will need to supply Sterling with the airline, flight number, airport, number of bags they plan to bring with them, and arrival time. It’s important for Sterling to know the amount of bags a student is bringing so they know what size vehicle to send to the airport.
- Students should also provide Sterling their GS email address so they can be contacted with the name and photo of the driver.
- Returning students who are traveling internationally are permitted to arrive to campus one day early, and must send a copy of their flight information to Kim Bryant.
- For the remainder of the school year, the Deans’ Office will make transportation arrangements for your child using Sterling.
Boarding Student Packing List
Review the recommended packing list for boarding students.
Closed Weekend Information (September 2-4)
September 2-4 is a Closed Weekend for all new boarding students. As part of the introduction to boarding school life for new students, special programming and events are planned for this Closed Weekend, and boarding students are required to remain on campus.
New students may leave campus for the day or evening provided they have received permission from the Deans’ Office, but must return to campus by check-in and spend Friday and Saturday evenings in the dorm. Contact the Deans’ Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.579.6589 with questions.
Students who are traveling internationally or coming from a distance may want to order their linens/bedding and have them sent to campus in advance, so they are ready upon their arrival. Students usually order a mattress pad, mattress topper, fitted sheet and top sheet, pillow, pillowcases, and quilts, blankets, or bed spread along with a bath towel and wash cloth.
Items should be addressed to George School with the student’s PMB # and their full name clearly written if they are shipped in advance whether it be via UPS, USPS, FedEx, Amazon, etc. Students can find their PMB information here. The address should be formatted as follows:
1690 Newtown Langhorne Road
Newtown, PA 18940
Students just need to arrive with the basics for now as GS will have vans going to local stores every weekend for students to purchase any needed items.
Access online information and services at George School via the Portal. This is where you complete all tasks related to the registration process.