Travel Guidelines

George School has vacation periods during the 2021–2022 academic year when students are required to leave campus. Please refer to the exam schedule for appropriate end-of-term travel times. Exams cannot be changed to accommodate travel arrangements.

Conflicts with term exams must be cleared by Associate Head of School Scott Spence. All other early departures and late returns must be communicated to the Deans’ Office at deans@georgeschool.org.

There are generally no classes on the Monday directly following a vacation. Dorms close at 6:00 p.m. on departure day and reopen at noon on return day.

Students submit all travel information using the REACH boarding system at least two weeks before the start of each major school vacation:

  • Thanksgiving Break: Friday, November 19 to Monday, November 29, 2021. (Thanksgiving Break begins on November 19 at noon. Classes resume on Tuesday, November 30, 2021)
  • Holiday Break: Friday, December 17, 2021, to Monday, January 3, 2022. (Holiday Break begins on December 17 at noon. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 4, 2022)
  • Spring Break: Friday, March 11 to Monday, March 28, 2022. (Spring Break begins on March 11 at noon. Classes Resume on Tuesday, March 29, 2022)

Travel Details

When making travel plans please allow at least six hours between your child’s departure from campus and arrival at Newark Liberty International (EWR) and John F. Kennedy International (JFK) airports and at least four hours to Philadelphia International (PHL). Students traveling via train from Trenton should schedule trains departing at 2:00 p.m. or later. Buses or vans to Trenton will leave campus at 12:30 p.m.

All students should leave immediately following their last exam. Any exception to this should be cleared through the Deans’ Office. Please ensure that you book a flight or train that does not conflict with term exams as exams cannot be changed to accommodate travel arrangements.

If students are not traveling home, they need an invitation from their host.

Please note that we do not allow students to stay in hotels without a chaperone during school breaks. All students must have an adult who will assume responsibility for them during these times (this standard applies even when students are aged 18 or older).

International Students Only

Thanksgiving, Holiday, and Spring Break
During Thanksgiving, Holiday, and Spring Break, an international student who is traveling internationally (outside of the United States) and who cannot make other arrangements is allowed to remain in the dorm one extra night and to return to campus one night early. Students are not permitted to remain on campus to take the March SATs, but international students may remain on campus to take the SATs in June when they fall immediately after the end of the school year.

If you have any questions, please contact the Deans’ Office at deans@georgeschool.org or 215-579-6589.