Back-to-School Headquarters 2018-2019

Classes for the 2018–2019 school year officially begin on Monday, September 3, 2018. Back-to-School information will be added as it becomes available. Please check back frequently for updates.

International Student Orientation (ISO)

The International Student Orientation (ISO) is a program that takes place in late August and is attended by new, international students from all over the world. The program gives your child the opportunity to become familiar with the George School campus and meet new friends. Learn more.

Opening Days Schedules

Schedules will be available soon.

Preseason Athletic Camps

Preseason sports camp is for varsity level athletes and may be attended by invitation only. New students are not required to attend preseason, but if you feel your child is a varsity level athlete, please contact Athletic Director Mike Bailey at 215.579.6686 to inquire about attending.

Student Textbooks

George School has partnered with Follett to offer a range of options to students through a convenient online portal that includes access to used books, book rentals, and e-books. Information about textbook purchasing will be available in the parent portal beginning on August 1. Please remember to purchase textbooks prior to the start of school.

Summer Assignments

Summer assignments for the 2018-2019 school year are posted on our learning management software, Canvas. Please note that all students have an English assignment. Learn more.

FAQs

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

Boarding
How do I help my child learn to live away from home?
What do I need to know about the dorms?
What should I pack?

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 model is required and a very inexpensive scientific calculator is fine)

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.

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 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 $330 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. 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.