Travel Guidelines

Thanksgiving Break 2018:

Thanksgiving Break begins at noon on Thursday, November 15. Classes resume on Tuesday, November 27. Boarding students may now submit their travel plans for the vacation using REACH. Parents are encouraged to discuss the details of their child’s plans, and to approve their REACH request through the automated email.

We recommend that students who will be traveling by air arrange a departing flight for the afternoon or evening of November 15. The school will offer shuttle service to the major transit hubs on that day. Boarding students return on Monday, November 26, and we will offer return shuttle service on that day as well.

If your child is traveling by air or on Amtrak, be mindful of unaccompanied minor policies. The school can provide unaccompanied minor service, but we need advance notice, please.


George School has vacation periods during the 2018–2019 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 Laurie Moyer in Attendance, and will be unexcused at parents’ request.

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.

Please submit all travel information through the Travel Information Form for these vacation periods:

  • Thanksgiving Break–Thursday, November 15 to Monday, November 26, 2018 (students leave after last exam on Thursday, November 15)
  • Holiday Break–Friday, December 21, 2018 to Sunday, January 6, 2019
  • Spring Break–Thursday, March 7 to Monday, March 25, 2019 (students leave after last exam on Thursday, March 7, 2019)

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 1:00 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).

Travel Rules for Unaccompanied Minor

If your child is under 16, please refer to #4 on the Travel Information Form.

GS shuttle to/from Philadelphia International Airport is $30; cost to/from Newark and JFK depends on the number of other students going in a particular group. The average cost to or from Newark for a single passenger is $170; the average cost to or from JFK for a single passenger is $290. The Deans’ Office will help facilitate your child’s transportation if you request it; if your child’s transportation times are different from those below, it is likely that your child will need to be responsible for the full cost of the reservation.

Departure times for transportation from George School to the following transportation centers:

  • Trenton Transit Center (Trenton Train Station): 1:00 p.m.
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)*: Noon and 1:00 p.m.
  • Newark Liberty Airport (EWR)**: 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)**: 5:00 p.m.

Pick up times for transportation from the following transportation centers to George School:

  • Trenton Transit Center (Trenton Train Station): 7:00 p.m.
  • Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)*: 3:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
  • Newark Liberty Airport (EWR)**: 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)**: 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

*driven by George School faculty/staff or car service such as Sterling Limousine, etc.
** driven by car service such as Sterling Limousine, etc.

International Students Only

Thanksgiving, Holiday, and Spring Break
During Thanksgiving, Holiday, and Spring Break, an international student who is traveling home (outside of the United States) and cannot make other arrangements is allowed to stay on campus for up to two consecutive nights at the beginning of a break, and to return to school up to two nights early at the end of a break.

If an international student is unable to get a flight until the day after departure or the day before return, he/she will be allowed to stay in the dorm, supervised by dorm faculty. If it is necessary for your child be on campus a second night, he or she will stay in the Student Health and Wellness Center in one of the patient rooms, supervised by a George School faculty member who lives on campus. Students who stay for that second night of either departure or return will be charged $150 for lodging and meals.

If you have any questions, please contact the Deans’ Office or GS Travel.