Donate school supplies for an upcoming Tanzania service trip that will be brought to the Pamoja School in January.
Examples of items to donate include:
There will be boxes in the Fitness and Athletics Center (FAC) and in Main to drop off donations during the month of December.
Thank you for your support!
– Trinity Hughes-Crawford ’25
When? Saturday, December 9
What time? 7:30-10:00 p.m.
Where? NEW venue — the dance will be held in Marshall Center. Parents can drop students off at Drayton Circle.
Parents/Guardians: Students are looking forward to the semi-formal and the PGA would love it if you could help make the event extra special for them! If you are able to donate any food items for the event, please sign up and bring them to the Deans’ Office. You can drop off non-perishable items anytime the week before the dance, and drop off perishable items (such as fruit/veggie trays) at 7.15 p.m. in the FAC the night of the event. Thank you! -Belinda Morrison P. ’24, ’26
Holiday Weekend is Friday, December 8 – Sunday, December 10 and is an On-Campus Weekend for boarding students. On-Campus Weekends are scheduled throughout the academic year for intentional residential life social and bonding activities. Boarding students are required to sleep on campus during On-Campus Weekends. Holiday Weekend activities include the Winter Semi-Formal, Holiday Dinner, and Holiday Meeting for Worship. Individual dormitories also have special activities planned.
All boarding students are required to be back on campus by 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9 if returning from an overnight or day trip. The Winter Semi-Formal will be held that evening.
On Saturday and Sunday night, there are no overnight absences and no guests in the dorms permitted.
In addition to special dorm activities on Sunday, boarders may take a day trip, or walk to Newtown or Summit; they must return to campus by 4:00 p.m. Sunday in advance of Holiday Dinner and Meeting for Worship (required for boarding students).
Day students are highly encouraged to take part in the George School traditions happening throughout this special weekend.
If you have any questions, please contact the Deans’ Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 215.579.6589.
Celebrate the season during Interfaith Weekend! Join friends on Friday night for a cookie-baking workshop, listen to seasonal music, enjoy hot chocolate and jelly donuts around the fire, and decorate Marshall. On Saturday, build gingerbread houses!
On Sunday from 12:00-6:00 p.m. head to the King of Prussia Mall (the largest mall in PA and third-largest in the US!). Shop the more than 450 retail stores for gifts or for the upcoming Winter Semi-Formal!
Students were emailed the full weekend activities schedule with sign-up links.
The Waghorne Academic Study Hub (WASH) is a tutoring center open to all students.
It is home to Math Help, the Writing Center, and to a peer tutoring program in a variety of subjects. It is open Monday to Thursday, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
See below for details, and click here to schedule a virtual consultation with the Writing Center.
Term 3: Week 4 Schedule (12/4 to 12/7)
Math Help is available every evening.
Writing Center help is available every evening.
Parents/guardians are invited to attend this virtual lunch and learn series presented by Evonna Bruner ’99 (Director of Learning Center Services) to learn how to support their student(s) through understanding executive functioning and gain the tools to effectively support their students’ success.
S.T.E.P.S. To Supporting Executive Function in Students Lunch & Learn Series Dates:
You can find the Zoom link on the Parent Portal! All sessions will be recorded and available on the Parent Portal for parents/guardians who are unable to attend.
Questions? Contact Evonna Bruner ’99 at email@example.com.
The Class Photos for the yearbook have been postponed to Friday, December 8.
A photographer will be taking Class Photos for the yearbook on South Lawn during lunch.
Cori Seraydarian ’91
The student art and literary magazine, Argo, is now holding a Cover Art Competition! This is an opportunity for YOUR art to be showcased as the cover of our most recent Argo edition.
All you have to do is submit a quality photo of your art to the Argo editors’ email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to our faculty sponsor Zahra Patterson.
The submission deadline will be Friday, December 8, so please get your art in soon to be considered.
Feel free to email us with any questions!
Best of luck,
Avery Frank ’25 and all the Argo editors📚📝
10th grade course planning begins next week!
Students — do you have questions about the IB? IB Coordinator Kim McGlynn, IB teachers, and IBDP students are fielding questions at the IB Information Table in Main hall during lunch. Students can stop by the table at lunch on the dates below to learn about IB, whether they’re interested in joining the program, or are simply curious about IBDP teachers, students, or classes.
Additionally, Kim will be present in most of the 10th grade course planning sessions and interested students are always welcome to schedule individual meetings with her. Questions? Email Kim at email@example.com.
Grades and Comments:
In keeping with best practices and current technology, George School is upgrading our point-of-sale system in the school store. The new system will be in effect when students return to campus in January 2024. Beginning January 1, 2024, students will only be allowed to charge school-related supplies and toiletries to their families’ school account. Cash withdrawals, and any snacks, drinks, clothing, gifts, and incidentals must be paid via cash, a bank credit card (the new system will accept ApplePay and tap-to-purchase) for purchases over $10, OR a George School Debit account.
George School partners with MyKidsSpending for George School Debit accounts. MyKidsSpending allows you to manage and supervise your child’s spending online or via their app.
ALL families who choose to provide a George School Debit Account for their child must create a MyKidsSpending account to facilitate school store purchases and cash withdrawals for their students. Accounts should be created prior to January 1. Create a George School Debit Account for your child. (No action is required for families who have already created a George School Debit Account via MyKidsSpending).
Questions? Email GSDebitSystem@georgeschool.org
Join us virtually as we read and discuss a variety of books together this school year! All adult community members (faculty, staff, parents and guardians) are welcome to join.
Our second gathering will be on Sunday, December 3 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET to discuss MAAME by Jessica George.
You can choose to attend any book club gathering that aligns with your schedule and interests; there’s no requirement to be present at all of them.
Please email Danielle Carter to be added to the mailing list to receive the meeting link or to ask questions.
Danielle Carter, P ’25 and Janet Cho, P ’26
2023-2024 GS Book Club Selections:
Support the basketball teams by making signs right before the first home basketball games on November 29 at the Fitness and Athletics Center (FAC)!
Varsity Girls/JV Boys at 4:00 p.m.
JV Girls/Varsity Boys at 5:30 p.m.
Don’t want to make a sign? Stop by and say hi! Please sign up here so I can plan accordingly.
Let’s go Cougars!
Director of Parent Engagement
This fall, IB science students completed a research experiment as members of a collaborative team. They designed experiments, conducted research, and interpreted the results in order to answer a scientific question.
Come check out our student’s posters and ask them questions about their research. They would love the support of parents/guardians, teachers, coaches, and their fellow peers! All community members are invited to see the results of their work and find out more about what they learned in the process.
IB Group 4 Science Symposium
Monday, December 4
MDA Library, Main Floor
We hope to see you there to support the great work of our students!
Class of 2024 Liaisons, Jonell Copeland and Brigitte Walker-Quinn, have started a PGA WhatsApp Group for the Class of 2024.
The group is intended for anyone to share news, important dates, reminders, etc., with fellow parents and guardians of seniors.
Questions? Contact Ginny Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Senior Class will be having a Double Good Popcorn Fundraiser to raise money for the Senior Dinner Dance.
Each student creates their own “pop-up store” using our join code (FINNST), and then all their sales go to our single group.
The sale window will run from Monday, November 27 – Friday, December 1.
Anyone who wants to join the team can use the FINNST code in the Double Good app to sell popcorn for the Class of 2024!
The Math Team is hosting the Philadelphia Independent School Math Olympiad here at GS on Friday, December 1!
The competition will be very close this year, so it promises to be an exciting day– best of luck to all of our students participating!
The GS Red Cross Club is hosting a blanket drive this December to help prepare families in need for the winter! Boxes will be set up in Main and in the FAC to drop off blankets.
– Hannah Stebbins ’24 and The GS Red Cross Leaders
Parents and guardians, join George School alumni and friends for some holiday cheer at The Grey Stone on Tuesday, December 5 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.! This is a 21+ event.
Please save the date for our upcoming MDA library author talk with George School’s very own faculty member Ali Leonard as we celebrate her debut publication and learn about the writing process for her book It is Written.
When: Wednesday, December 6 from 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Where: MDA café and gallery space
Lunch will be provided, and a Q&A will follow the author talk. Books will be available for purchase, and all community members are welcome.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
We hope to see you there!
MDA library staff
Thursday, November 16, 6:30 p.m.
Junior Kickoff with College Counseling!
Everything you need to know about college counseling and the college research and application process. The event will be in-person in Walton Auditorium and live streamed.
Required for juniors and encouraged for parents/guardians.
Can’t make it in person, here’s the link to use next week to view live!
As many of you are aware, the sustainability of the football program has been under review over the last year. At the root of the matter have been ongoing concerns about the size of the roster, the increasingly competitive high school football landscape, and how these factors impact player safety.
With support from the George School Board, the school has reached the difficult decision to discontinue the football program.
This decision was reached with great difficulty and with great care. It is no reflection on this year’s players and coaches, or any members of the program who have shown passion and dedication to the sport over the years. George School has enjoyed a storied century of this important sport. We are grateful to all who contributed to the life of the school through the football program, not least in this past year.
The safety of our students must be paramount in any school decision. Building a consistently competitive football team that meets our criteria for health and safety requires an allocation of resources that disrupts the equitable distribution of resources across all our programs, from arts to athletics and above all academics.
George School remains committed to athletics, and will continue our work in strengthening the department and striving to provide offerings at competitive and developmental levels.
We are sincerely grateful to the student-athletes, Coach MacAdoo, and his assistant coaches for your commitment and dedication to George School’s football program, and we are deeply saddened to have to share this news.
Dear Class of 2024 Parents & Guardians:
We are filled with excitement as we support our amazing Seniors during their final year at George School!
For the 2023-2024 school year, one of the primary goals of the George School PGA is to strengthen the school community. To help achieve this goal, each class has class liaisons who are responsible for outreach, advocacy, volunteer recruitment, and planning events aimed at fostering connections and building relationships.
Below are the details for our first event:
Event: Class of 2024 Parents & Guardians Virtual Mixer
This will be a casual social gathering of parents and guardians. Please bring your favorite drink to sip during the mixer and get to know your fellow parents and guardians of the senior class.
Date and time: Tuesday, November 14, 2023 @ 7:30 p.m.
RSVP: Please register here to receive the link to the virtual mixer.
Jonell Copeland, P’24 & Brigitte Walker-Quinn, P’24 & ‘27
College Application Submission Confirmation Form: Families of seniors, please remind your senior student to follow the steps for completing the application process. They must complete this College Application Admission Form after they submit every application. Your student’s file will remain incomplete at colleges if this form is not submitted. This is the only way College Counseling will know where to send application materials on the student’s behalf. They should bookmark the form for easy reference — they will be using it a lot this year!
Requests for Scholarship Documents: Seniors must complete this Scholarship Documents Request Form: Class of 2024 if they need documents forwarded to a scholarship organization.
College Visit Policy: The class absence must be approved at least two school days prior to the absence.
To be excused from classes for a college visit, students are required to complete a “College Visit Leave Request” using REACH, and receive permission from College Counseling, their parent(s)/guardian(s), and the Attendance Supervisor Laurie Moyer, at least two school days ahead of the planned visit.
College Counseling Recommends: PHEAA (Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency) webinars. PHEAA is hosting webinars with topics that will prepare families for filing for financial aid, understanding the college offer letter and other helpful information. Click here for details and to register.
There’s a WIN day coming up on Monday, November 6. WIN Days are for students to rest, socialize with friends, visit colleges, and work on long-term projects in between terms. There are NO classes on WIN Days.
WIN Weekend Activities:
Students were emailed the full weekend activities schedule with sign-up links. View the 2023-2024 weekend themes here.
Boarding students may leave campus on Friday, November 3 only after their last school obligations (academic, performing arts, and sports) are complete. If you live locally and have an obligation over the weekend, you may go home and return to campus over the weekend for your obligation.
When you know your plans, please enter a “Weekend Leave Request” in REACH. Contact the Deans’ Office at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Trenton Van Information:
Classes resume at 8:15 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7 for the start of Term 3!
All parents and guardians are invited to mark their calendars for a special meeting on Wednesday, November 1 from 6:30-7:15 p.m. for a presentation by Lookout Management.
As many of you may remember, we enlisted the help of Lookout Management, Inc. (LMI)to survey our community last Spring. The goals of the survey were to measure George School’s performance and create benchmarks against which to measure future performance. Moving forward, these surveys will be conducted every three years as part of a continual process of assessing areas of strength and opportunities for improvement.
Lookout Management has completed the process of collating the survey responses and would like to share the survey results with us. They will spend approximately 30 minutes sharing their collected data followed by a brief (approximately 15 minute) Q&A period when attendees can ask LMI questions specifically related to the data. Following this meeting, the presentation slide deck will be shared on the GS Portal. In the coming weeks, members of the community will be invited to participate in initiatives to address concerns raised.
All George School community members and friends are invited to the first in-person Vantage Points conversation of the year on Saturday, November 11 from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in MDA Library.
Refreshments will be provided. Please join us for enriching and thought-provoking dialogue.
Parents/guardians: Please consider hosting a student over the upcoming school breaks (November Break, Winter Break and Spring Break). Contact Eric Wolarsky at email@example.com for more information or to sign up.
All are invited to join Amedeo Salamoni’s ceramics class, and Carter Sio’s woodworking class, for wood milling and kiln firing on Saturday, October 28!
Parents and students: Arrive between 9:00-11:00 a.m. for hot cocoa, cider, and treats! You can stop by any time during the day to learn about this sustainable community tradition. The wood-fired kiln is located on North Loop Road (across from the Grounds building). Here is a campus map.
We will be sawing Ash logs into dimensional lumber from Ash trees located on campus–this wood is used for the woodworking program. In addition, our ceramics students will be tending the wood fired kiln. Participation from community members is encouraged! Bring work gloves and shoes, enjoy treats, and community spirit.
After completing their initial review of community feedback, the committee has decided to move forward with our two finalists in the Head of School search. In the coming days, they will be convening to thoroughly evaluate each finalist and will then present their recommendation to the Board of Trustees.
Thank you to all of the members of the George School community, and especially the search committee, who have put time and thought into this important decision throughout the search process.
We look forward to sharing news of George School’s next Head of School soon!
Monastir, Tunisia, and Amman, Jordan
Involvement: Basketball, Soccer, Track, Ultimate Frisbee, French Club, MATES (School publication for STEAM subjects), MSA (Muslim Students Association)
Fun Fact: I am a triplet and have been playing soccer with my siblings for 8 years!
Laith was drawn to George School because he loved the dorm community at and how everyone is connected, in addition to the large number of courses and options for involvement and academics offered at George School.
Involvement: Fencing, Softball, Volleyball, Instrumental Music, Model UN, SAMOSA Club, Speech and Debate
Favorite Place on Campus: The tree swing between the tennis courts and Hallowell!
“My favorite GS memory is when Pete Holland, Dave Nolan, and their bandmates perform songs during lunch time. My friends and I enjoy watching, catching up, and eating ice cream.”
Involvement: Cheerleading, Volleyball, Dance, UMOJA, Inclusion Committee, Student Council, GS Thrift, Student Advisory Board
Advice for Incoming Students: “At GS, teachers, faculty, and staff really get to know their students and help them adjust to the workload and campus life.”
“I like being a boarding student because it is easy for me to focus on work but also have fun and be with my friends during breaks. A quick trip down the hall gives me a quick laugh and I can just as easily get back to homework!”
New Hope, PA (Previously NYC)
Involvement: Cheerleading, Track, Volleyball, LASO (Latin American Student Organization), Open Doors Club, Goldfish n Java, Book Club
Favorite Place on Campus: A three-way tie between South Lawn, the painting studio, and the gym!
“Growing up in a multicultural household (Cuban and French), and having lived in multiple different countries has absolutely shaped my worldview and instilled in me a deep appreciation for diversity and inclusivity. I looked for a place that could replicate the exciting blend of cultures and experiences I had encountered. George School, with its diverse and inclusive community, proved to be the place that fulfilled these wishes.”
Involvement: Football, Golf, Ski and Snowboard Club, Fencing
Fun Fact: I came to George School as a sophomore and can share my experience with other transfer students!
“My favorite place on campus is the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library. Whether it was spending lunch there studying for a big test or doing homework at study hall I’ve always felt calmed by this place.”
Involvement: Volleyball, Instrumental Music, MedForum, Psychology, Red Cross Club
Favorite Class at GS: AP Psychology with Joanna Sima
“I love being on the volleyball team. I have experienced the strongest sense of community on the team, and coach Dave Nolan never fails to create a loving, inclusive environment. There is no better place to grow and learn with the support of your peers other than a sports team, where you can strive to adapt a character that you may have not known you had in you before.”
Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
Involvement: Equestrian, Psychology Club, Anthropology Club, Art History Club
Favorite Class at GS: Psychology
“I love being a boarding student because I love the caring dorm environment and the fun activities that we do together. As international students who first came to George School during the pandemic, we got support from many teachers, staff members, and dorm parents even before we landed at the airport.”
Involvement: Cheerleading, Volleyball, Dance, UMOJA, MedForum, UNICEF, SAB (Student Activity Board?)
Favorite Class at GS: Memoir to Service, a service learning course that visits a Senior Living Community on a weekly basis.
“Being a boarding student is an experience I truly cherish. I love the sense of community that comes with living on campus. I’m surrounded by peers who share similar goals and aspirations, creating an environment where friendships are easily formed and support is always within reach.”
Involvement: Model UN, Climate Action Club, Women’s Empowerment Club, Outdoor Games Club, Med Forum, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Swimming
Favorite GS Memory: Going on the South Africa Service Learning Trip!
“The relationships I have formed with my teachers and adults in the community are one of the reasons I have felt so at home at George School. It is rare to have a school where the students have the ability to connect with teachers outside of the classroom, and it is a large part of what makes our school so special.”
Involvement: Cheerleading, Tennis, Dance, Amnesty, SEASU, MedForum
Favorite GS Memory: Picnics with friends on the field by the woods!
“I was first drawn to George School because of the beautiful college-like campus. I like walking to each of the individual buildings for different subjects, and I also liked how they offer the IB diploma to anyone who wants to do it.”
Involvement: Equestrian, Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Standing Room Only (Leader), SAGA
Fun Fact: I am going on the Service Learning Trip to Vietnam!
“My favorite memory is Holiday Meeting for Worship. Junior year, I was in the orchestra and the music that we played was beautiful, the ambiance was magical, and I loved the experience of playing with the orchestra for the first time.”
Picture Day for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders will be on Tuesday, November 7. Seniors will take their photos in the spring!
Pictures will be taken in Main Building between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Find more information about 9th, 10th, and 11th grade photos here.
9th, 10th, 11th graders: Tuesday, November 7, 2023
Senior Portraits: Friday, March 29, 2024
Please note that the School does not use these photos for the yearbook. They are keepsakes for families to have!
Involvement: Golf, Soccer
Favorite Place on Campus: Red Square
“My collection has allowed me to get to know people on campus that I may not have gotten to know. It almost feels like a second home as it’s a place to just have fun, relax, and catch up.”
Involvement: Track, Vocal Music, Theater, Instrumental Music, Student Council, Model UN, UMOJA
Favorite Themed Weekend: Harvest Weekend!
“As a Quaker school, we value kindness, diversity, peace, and accepting the cultures of others, all of which are things I greatly value myself. These values have made such a great impact on my time at George School and has made school feel like my second home.”
Involvement: Volleyball, Dance, Model UN, FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America), MATES (School publication for STEAM subjects), Student Council, Speech and Debate
Favorite Themed Weekend: Student Council (STUCO) Weekend!
“The very first thing that struck me on my tour of George School was the camaraderie, warmness, and acceptance of the school community. It was amazing to me that I had the option to start my own club, put together fundraisers, organize collaborations, and practice sports I loved in state of the art facilities”
Involvement: Soccer, Track, Student Council, UMOJA, Model UN, Lego Club
Favorite Class at GS: Graphic Design with Susan Ross
“Something I love about George School is the access to outdoor activities that are available for everyone almost all the time. I especially like going on walks with my friends during the lunch period and just enjoying the sunny weather during the spring term.”
Involvement: Cross Country, Equestrian, Swimming, Tennis, Red Cross Club, Art History Club, Model UN, Food and Culture Club
Favorite Class at GS: Spanish with Cheri Mellor
“Living in Upper Drayton, I truly feel I am at my home. My dorm parents Mike and Ioanna are so nice and warm, they always offer care and help to the residents. Plus, I love the crepes and other food Ioanna makes every weekend!”
Involvement: Baseball, Soccer, Theater,
Favorite Class at GS: Ceramics
“One positive relationship I have is with Vince Campellone, who is the head baseball coach and the head grounds keeper on campus. I’m extremely lucky that I’m able to have him as a coach. One thing I admire in him is his devotion to the school and dedication to everything he does.”
Involvement: Cheerleading, Softball, Dance
Favorite Dining Hall Meal: Grilled cheese!
“Softball has taught me many valuable lessons like the importance of hard-work and teamwork. It has also taught me to take risks and step out of my comfort zone. It was definitely intimidating at first, especially since this was my first time playing the sport, but once I pushed through, and I grew as both an athlete and a person.”
Involvement: Baseball, Soccer, SRO (Standing Room Only), Table Top Club, GS Thrift
Favorite Place on Campus: The Music Studio
“The energy that George School and the community brought to learning was inspiring. George School made me see my own potential. Not only did George School open my eyes to the academic possibilities, it welcomed me into a community that is inclusive to all gender and sexualities. George School gave me the opportunity to express myself and be the best me I could be.”
Involvement: Cheerleading, Volleyball, Theater, LASO (Latin American Student Association), Women’s Empowerment Club
Favorite Dining Hall Food: Grilled Cheese or Chicken Sandwich!
“Learning to live in the dorm has been one of the best experiences of my life. My favorites memories have been getting ready for school dances in the dorm bathroom and taking pictures or saying goodbye to our prefects by making toilet paper dresses for commencement. Also, sitting on the south lawn with my closest friends and some music admiring the bright colors of the sunset makes my day at George School better.”
Involvement: Basketball, Tennis, Lacrosse, Model UN, SEASU, Women’s Empowerment Club
“Growing up in Newtown, the only Korean person I ever met was my mom. After spending two years at George School, I have met so many people from Asia and learned about their lives and experiences. I think growing up in a diverse environment is so important because it reflects how we will behave as adults.”
Involvement: Cross Country, Swimming, Instrumental Music, Chess Club, Music Club, Amnesty, UMOJA
Favorite Part of the GS Community: It allows you to choose your own adventure and pursue your interests!
“The diversity of George School is what attracted me to the school. The opportunity to meet and collaborate with others from different cultures, backgrounds, and experiences really stood out to me.”
Involvement: Baseball, Football, Robotics Club, Model UN
Favorite Themed Weekend: Student Council Weekend
“George School is a great school with amazing teachers and a strong community. I was able to see this right away during my tour and when I was looking into the school.”
Involvement: Cross Country, Track, Volleyball, SAMOSA, Amnesty, Model UN, MedForum, Book Club
Favorite Class at GS: Creative Writing
“I like being a day student because I get to meet people from all over the world! I also like to participate in all the different activities on campus while still being able to go home at the end of the day.”
Involvement: Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Climate Action Club, Camping Club, Yearbook Club (Senior Editor)
Fun Fact: I am going on the India service trip during term 4!
“When I first toured campus, I quickly was made aware of the amazing financial aid packages that George School has to offer to all types of families in need. Meeting with financial aid officers who specialize in making kids’ dreams come true is the reason I was able to come to George School and experience a high school career like no other!”
New York City, NY
Involvement: Volleyball, Theater, ARGO, Ski Club, LASO (Latin American Student Organization), Physics Research Team
Favorite Themed Weekend: Homecoming Weekend!
“My advisor has been there for me and I’ve come such a long way since freshman year because of her. I’m truly a different student. She’s there for me for not only for any academic needs I have, but everything that comes with being a high schooler.”
New Hope, PA
Involvement: Lacrosse, Swim Team, Investing Club
Favorite GS Memory: Winning the FSL championship last winter as Team Captain of the Swim Team!
“My teachers have always been there to help me while working on challenging projects. This experience can be found in every classroom on campus and that is what makes George school special.”
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
Involvement: Tennis, Instrumental Music, Table Top Club
Fun Fact: I went on the Tanzania Service Trip!
“My favorite place on campus is South Lawn because it truly embodies the feel of community that George school provides. Being able to watch the sunset light up and paint the sky over the trees on the west side of campus is where I’ve spent my favorite nights at George School.”
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
Involvement: Basketball, Soccer, Lacrosse, Theater, Ski Club
Fun Fact: I am a tri-citizen of the TCI, the UK, and USA
“My service trip to Greece was the most amazing experience I have had at George school. Overall, the trip was amazing, and changed my perspective on the world as well as opening me up to new passions.”
Involvement: Volleyball, Swim Team (Manager), Vocal Music, Theater, Black Student Union, UMOJA
Favorite Class at GS: IB Literature with Adam Wassel
“The George School dress code has been created in a way that is understanding toward people of all sizes, races, and religions. This is something that many other schools don’t have. I appreciate that I can feel comfortable in my skin at George School.”
Involvement: Golf, Cheerleading, Theater, SAGA, Photo Club, SEASU
Favorite Class at GS: Photography
“What I love about the gym here at George School is how everyone is so supportive of each other. One of the trainers who supervises the gym helped me when I first stared weightlifting. Anytime I would make a new lifting weight record for myself, he would high five me. It’s moments like these where I love George School the most. It helped me to be more confident and make new friends.”
Involvement: Basketball, Track, Climate Action Club
Favorite Class at GS: IB HL Global Politics with Meredith Baldi
“Basketball is a huge part of my life, and I love playing for the Varsity Basketball team! We have great coaches who care about our development and amazing resources to ensure our success! Being part of a team, especially here at George School, is an experience I hope everyone is able to have in their high school career.”
Involvement: Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Theater, UMOJA
Favorite Place on Campus: South Lawn
“The sense of community felt at George School is probably the highlight of the school in my eyes. As soon as I first stepped on campus, I saw students who genuinely wanted to be there. Whether it be kids having fun on Red Square or in Marshall, there’s never a dull moment and everyone always has a good time being together.”
Involvement: Cheerleading, Swimming, Instrumental Music, Anthropology (Leader), UMOJA (Leader), SEASU (Leader), LASO (Latin American Student Organization), UNICEF, Climate Action Club, Women’s Empowerment Club
Fun Fact: I went on the Service Learning Trip to Rome, Italy where we followed the plot of the Aeneid in person!
“The dorms have really been a place where I have made my closest friends here at George School. My most treasured memories include setting up a movie in the common room while making waffles, running around the floors while getting ready for prom, laughing and doing karaoke in the bathroom every night, or just sitting in my friends’ rooms and chatting until it’s time to go somewhere.”
Involvement: Basketball, Football, Lacrosse, Peer Group, Legos and Eggos, SAMOSA (Leader)
Favorite Class at GS: IB Theory of Knowledge with Kyle Abbott
“I love playing Spikeball on campus. Most of the school is gathered in one central area for almost an hour every single day participating and watching Spikeball games. It has been a great way for me to meet new people and form new relationships.”
Applications are now open for 2024-2025 service trips!
Students must apply for any trip on which they wish to go on. To apply, students must write a 1-2 page essay or record a 1-2 minute video of themselves responding to the following questions:
Applications and a Parental Consent Form should be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday, November 15, 2023. Financial aid grants are available for students currently receiving financial aid. Learn more.
Open to the Class of 2025 and 2026
About: Students in this course read, appreciate, and analyze Vergil’s Aeneid in English and use it to develop the skills of discussion, close reading, literary analysis, and writing for a credit in English. For a Latin credit, students establish an understanding of the craft of translation, comparing published English translations of excerpts of the text and composing their own. They also enhance their translating skills while learning about the legends and history of Rome’s founding, the historical events surrounding the Aeneid’s composition, and other historical episodes relevant to the Aeneid by reading excerpts of other texts in Latin.
During the travel segment of the course, students trace a portion of Aeneas’ journey from the ancient city of Troy in modern-day Turkey, to Mt. Etna (the home of the Cyclops) in Sicily, to Rome itself, stopping to explore Pompeii along the way. We visit relevant archeological sites, explore art and history museums, and read Latin inscriptions in situ. The trip will also fulfill the GS service requirement. While in Naples and Rome, we will join a local group dedicated to the improvement and beautification of public spaces for a history walk and clean-up of areas of historical significance. During the on-campus portions of the course, the students will put their Latin knowledge to work by helping local middle school Latin students.
Requirements: This trip involves extensive walking and moderate hiking. Students must have taken at least Latin 1.
Course Credit: Students earn 1 credit in language, 1 credit in English, and fulfill their service requirement. IB diploma candidates will be able to use this experience for their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) project.
Trip Leaders: Sharada Shreve-Price and Adam Wassel
Trip Price: $4,475
About: This course will introduce students to the diversity of life in the rainforest and the knowledge and worldview of indigenous peoples. From the perspective of biology, students will study tropical forest ecology and conservation, the dynamic ecology of the Amazonian Rainforest and Amazon River, the diversity of plants and animals, the interactions between species, and the challenges facing the rainforest today. In the English component, students will get acquainted with how indigenous peoples in the Amazon view the relation between human and nature by studying the writings and the oral storytelling of indigenous peoples. Students will compare the indigenous and non-indigenous perspectives and evaluate how the stories we tell can affect the actual environment.
Requirements: In order to safely participate in the planned activities, students should be able to:
Course Credit: Students earn 1 credit in science, 1 credit in English, and fulfill their service requirement. IB diploma candidates will be able to use this experience for their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) project.
Trip Leaders: Bob Fest and Ariadne Costa
Trip Price: $5,495
About: This course explores: (1) the history of storytelling (myth, oration, theater, etc.) in Ancient Greece and its impact on human belief and relationships, with an exploration of how storytelling can forge relationships and reinforce ethical behaviors, (2) the current refugee crisis and its human impact, (3) media-making and journalism, equipping students with the tools they need to tell their own stories for social change. Students develop an academic foundation of storytelling and its history, an in-depth understanding of the political and social factors contributing to the refugee crisis, with a specific focus on the media’s impact on how we view issues in the refugee crisis, as well as the role NGOs and individuals play in humanitarian aid.
Students explore photography, graphic design, podcasting, and filmmaking as powerful media for sharing stories. Students will spend the majority of their travel in Athens, with a few notable trips to surrounding regions in Greece, to reinforce and deepen this learning and volunteer with organizations like Love Without Borders for Refugees in Need and Shedia Street Paper to learn firsthand about refugee experiences, the power of art to connect and educate people, and the role of constructive journalism. Upon return, students will host an art show at George School where they will share their experiences and use art and media to educate our local community about the refugee crisis in Greece.
Requirements: Students should be familiar with media tools for this trip, and be able to walk several miles and carry equipment weighing 20-25 lbs.
Course Credit: Students earn 1 credit in history, 1 credit in art, and fulfill their service requirement. IB diploma candidates will be able to use this experience for their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) project.
Trip Leaders: Meredith Baldi and Prescott Seraydarian
Open to the Class of 2026 and 2027
About: This course will explore the complex and often challenging interactions between humans and wildlife. We will examine the ecological, cultural, and historical dimensions of these interactions, as well as the root causes of conflict. We will also discuss multidisciplinary frameworks for understanding and addressing human-wildlife conflict, and we will learn from the lessons of practitioners who are working to promote coexistence. This course will specifically focus on human-wildlife conflict and coexistence in the Southern African nation of Botswana.
Requirements: Students will be required to participate in a 2–3-week field project in Botswana. Students will work on solution-based projects related to human-elephant and human-cheetah coexistence in Botswana. Students will learn about the different methods that are being used to reduce human-wildlife conflict, and they will have the opportunity to participate in the use of some of these methods in the field. Students will work with Ecoexist (Human-Elephant coexistence) and Cheetah Conservation Botswana (Human-Cheetah coexistence).
Course Credit: Students will receive 1 credit of Science and fulfill the George school service-learning requirement. IB diploma candidates in the class of 2026 will be able to use this experience for their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) project.
Trip Leader: Bob Fest
Trip Price: $6,575
About: In this combined course and immersion trip, students will experience the richness of Peruvian culture, from the beginning of its history as the oldest civilization in the Americas to its modern-day reputation as the pride of South American cuisine. This 7th term course will include a historical overview, the study of indigenous communities, exposure to Peruvian literature, contemporary culture, environmental issues, and the development of sociocultural competence in preparation for a meaningful in-country experience.
The June 2025 trip that follows will be led by the Global Works organization which incorporates a combination of service and tourism experiences. In addition to exploring spectacular ancient ruins in the Sacred Valley, learning about the indigenous culture, visiting artisan markets and local farms, the group will help in a special needs school and learn about the traditional Quechua lifestyle in the village of Kayllarakay. Travel locations include Lima, Cusco, Urubamba, Calca, Pisac, Aguas Calientes, and Machu Picchu. Students will spend 7 days and 6 nights in homestays in Calca where they will have an authentic immersion experience with Peruvian families.
Prerequisites: Two mods of Spanish III or higher. This course may not count as the third term for IB SL and HL candidates. However, it could be added as an elective fourth mod.
Course Credit: Students earn 1 credit in language and fulfill their service learning requirement. IB diploma candidates in the Class of 2026 will be able to use this experience for their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) project.
Trip Leader: Rachel Hudson
Trip Cost: $4,895
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About: This trip offers participants an immersive tour of several Holocaust-related historical sites in and around Krakow, Poland. Four of our eight days abroad will be spent at Auschwitz, both the main camp (Auschwitz I) and its auxiliary, Auschwitz II/Birkenau. Our itinerary in Poland will be set by the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center, founded by Auschwitz survivor Eva Mozes Kor. Participants will experience Kor’s journey through her audio tour, learn the history of authentic sites with professional guides, and become witnesses both to historical atrocity and to the healing power of forgiveness. Eva’s son, Dr. Alex Kor, will accompany our group and offer personal insights.
Days not spent visiting Auschwitz will be spent visiting Holocaust-related sites walkable from Krakow (Plaszow concentration camp, Oskar Schindler’s enamelware factory, Krakow ghetto fighters memorial, remains of the Krakow ghetto wall, the former Jewish quarter of Krakow). Additionally, we will visit some sites important to Polish culture and heritage, which may include the Wieliczka Salt Mine, Wawel Castle, and/or St. Mary’s Cathedral. Participants should expect to walk the equivalent of 3-5 miles per day.
Prerequisite: “Encountering the Holocaust through Literature” elective course (English Department).
This trip does not offer academic credit, but is an optional experiential addendum to the George School course “Encountering the Holocaust through Literature.”
Trip Leader: Adam Wassel
Trip Cost: $5,125
About: This interdisciplinary combined course and trip begins with classroom instruction Term 7 and culminates with travel to France, offerent students a firsthand experience related to their five-week classroom studies. This course, taught in French, focuses on essential themes in French history and culture, utilizing authentic materials such as press articles, videos, podcasts, historical documents, comic books, children’s books for assessment in listening, speaking, reading and writing and writing skills. Topics include the discovery of prehistoric cave art, Roman Gaul, and Quaker history in France, with a particular emphasis on Paris and the South of France. Environmental considerations in travel, such dining and transportation choices, are integrated. We will be spending 10 days at La Maison Quaker in Congénies, 3 days in Sarlat, and 3 days in Paris before returning to the States. This program involves collaborative efforts with the aging Quaker community at La Maison Quaker in the South of France. Activities include restoring historic gravestones, preserving Quaker life stories and learning the art of boutis for contributing to a quilt panel representing La Maison Quaker.
Requirements: Participants should be available for a weekend training session during Term 7, and they will share their reflections on George School’s social media before the trip’s conclusion. Physical requirements include the ability to complete 3-5 hours of work each day during the service portion of the trip with the range of motion expected for a variety of typical household tasks (bending, lifting, scrubbing), manage their own luggage on public transportation and on foot, and walk an average of 20,000 steps on days when we are sightseeing.
Prerequisites Two mods of French III or higher. This course may not count as the third term for IB SL and HL candidates. However, it could be added as an elective fourth mod. Bilingual students (French – English) are encouraged to apply.
Course Credits: Students earn 1 credit in language and fulfill their service learning requirement. IB diploma candidates in the class of 2026 will be able to use this experience for their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) project.
Trip Leader: Theresa Montagne
Open to Classes 2025 and 2026
About: This course explores contemporary topics in the prison abolition movement. It also provides an historic overview of the role of incarceration in the development of the modern world. Students learn how literature serves as a lifeline for incarcerated people and how literary expression is used as a vehicle for change. Students read the work of abolitionist poets, incarcerated writers, and volunteer with transformative justice organizations in the Philadelphia area. Workshops and trainings will include strategies in anti-violence organizing, grassroots publishing, and political advocacy. Field trips to Philadelphia and the surrounding areas help students understand the impact of mass incarceration on communities. Volunteer opportunities include shipping and packing books with Books Through Bars and supporting advocacy with Youth Art and Self-Empowerment Project and the Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration.
Requirements: Students are expected to maintain a journal in which they take notes, write reflections, and imagine a gentle world. At the end of four weeks of coursework, volunteer work, and workshops, students take a four-day retreat to understand the role of self-care in activist work and begin to imagine their final projects. Then, in the final week of the course, students conduct research and complete a traditional essay or creative project to build on and respond to their learning experience. Students may also conceive an advocacy campaign that directly supports the work of an abolitionist organization.
Course Credit: Students earn 1 credit in history, 1 credit in English, and fulfill their service requirement. IB diploma candidates will be able to use this experience for their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) project. This domestic-travel course requires parental consent.
Trip Leader: Zahra Patterson
Trip Price: $975
About: The combined Science and English courses explore reef ecology and human relationship to the sea. In addition to the study of Derek Walcott’s poetry, students will study a dynamic mixture of marine studies, physics, biology, chemistry, ocean science, ecology, and technology. This trip is designed to give students a unique and close-up immersive experience on the Caribbean island of Bonaire and in the waters surrounding it. Field work and environmental service components include coral restoration projects in the laboratory and underwater; in-water sea turtle surveys; scientific data collection of invasive species, coral health, and marine life; and beach, mangrove, and underwater cleanups.
All students must know how to swim and must demonstrate competency and comfort with scuba diving in the George School pool prior to the trip. Students who are not scuba certified will be trained on campus as part of the pre-travel coursework by a PADI-certified scuba instructor (Chris), and, by the end of the course, will receive their PADI Open Water Diver (OWD) certification. The immersive experience has set a goal of being 100% carbon neutral. To that end, students must demonstrate a commitment to environmental stewardship by altering some of their personal habits and behaviors to completely offset the negative environmental impact of traveling to Bonaire.
Requirements: Prior to acceptance for the trip, students must (1) complete a medical questionnaire, (2) swim 200m unassisted, (3) float for 10 minutes, and (4) pass a 60-second snorkel test. While on the trip, students must be able to carry their own scuba gear (approximately 50 pounds).
Course Credit: Students earn 1 credit in science, 1 credit in English, and fulfill their service requirement. IB diploma candidates will be able to use this experience for their Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) project. Students on the trip may apply for an Independent PE in the fall for 0.5 credits.
Trip Leaders: Chris Odom and Edna Valdepeñas
Trip Price: $4,895
Attention Class of 2027 Parents/Guardian: Travel learning opportunity for ninth grade students
Human Geography introduces students to the “Why of Where.” Using The Netherlands as our case study, students will explore the country by bike, riding town-to-town to examine the traditional and global influences on the landscapes and culture of Holland.
Highlights include learning how painter Vincent Van Gogh was influenced by Japanese art, visiting a floating dairy farm, exploring the silver trade and the skills of the silversmith, discovering how windmills are used in water management, and meeting with city planners to understand how the city center in Utrecht became car-free.
Depart: Saturday, June 1, 2024
Return: Sunday, June 16, 2024
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*Applications are due Wednesday, November 1, 2023. Families are notified by Friday, November 17. This experience is designed for students in the Class of 2027 who have completed Human Geography.
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Involvement: Fencing, Volleyball, Dance, UNICEF, Psychology, FBLA, Amnesty, Asian Student Union
Favorite Activity as a Boarding Student: Stargazing with friends on South Lawn
“Sophomore year, I started a UNICEF club here at George School and I’ve had so much fun with this club ever since. Having never started a club before this, UNICEF was really a chance for me and the members to explore and take initiatives in advocacy while gaining lifelong memories.”
Seoul, South Korea
Involvement: Volleyball, Lacrosse, Biochemistry Club, SEASU, Orchestra, Community Wellness Committee (CWC), GS Science Olympiad
Favorite GS Memory: Hosting a picnic under the cherry blossom trees during AP/IB exam season in the Spring to destress with friends.
Elizabeth finds community through her collection, her friends, and dorm parents. As a boarder, she views her dorm members as her second family, and appreciates how they all take care of each other throughout the school year.
Involvement: Cheerleading, Lacrosse, Vocal Music, Jazz Club, Goldfish n Java, Student Council
Favorite GS Memory: Winning the last cheer competition of the year and celebrating all of their hard work throughout the season!
“I chose to come to George School because I was excited to start fresh. Coming to George School from public school meant new people, harder classes, and better athletics. Overall, I was just excited to make new first impressions and learn to become the best version of myself.”
Involvement: Book Club, Model UN, Community Chorus, Theater, Vocal Ensemble
Favorite Place on Campus: The Cherry Grove on South Lawn
Elspeth describes her collection as a strong, cohesive community inside the larger community of George School. Her advisor, Eric Wolarsky, provides advice for those who need it and her collection is composed of a group of students with varied GS experiences, such as people in different grades, from different countries, and who are both boarders and day students.
Involvement: Cross Country, Swimming, Theater, Model UN, Film Club (leader), ARGO (editor)
Favorite Place on Campus: Underneath the skylight at the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library
“My favorite class was the very first class I took at George School, Essentials of a Friends Community, with Pete Holland. It was just such a great class to start my GS career with, and an excellent introduction to the values and traditions of George School.”
Involvement: Field Hockey, Ultimate Frisbee, Softball, Theater, Thrift Club, Goldfish n Java
Fun Fact: I started the Ultimate Frisbee team and also organized two live music festivals!
“One of my favorite activities to do on campus is go on walks in the vast woods that we have. It’s always really peaceful to go on a walk and I’ve found so many cool niche spots on campus that I’ve been able to show my friends.”
Involvement: Lacrosse, Soccer, Goldfish n Java Club, Thrift Club
Fun Fact: My brother is also a George School student! (Class of 2025)
“I love being a day student because it allows me flexibility with my schedule. It allows me to be able to do sports on campus and off campus really easily, and it also gives me the option to go back to GS when I want to to do the weekend activities GS offers.”
Involvement: Cross Country, Softball, Track, Instrumental Music
Favorite Place on Campus: The swing on South Lawn
“I decided to attend George School because of all of the opportunities I saw here. It is also set up much like a college campus, so I know that I will be well prepared when the time comes for me to go to college.”
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands
Involvement: Lacrosse, Soccer, Climate Action Club
Favorite GS Memory: Storming the lacrosse field after a memorable win
“As an international student, I really like the birthday celebrations that Orton (Dormitory) puts on for every member of the community. It is one of the many traditions that makes boarding life feel more like living at home.”
Involvement: Cross Country, Swimming, Track, Science Olympiad, USAYPT (United States Association for Young Physicists), Food and Culture Club, Astronomy Club
Favorite Subjects at GS: Science and Art
“I really love the support system my collection provides. I feel my collection is becoming a second family. Everyone in the collection is there for both your triumphs and struggles, and they really care about helping you through them.”
Involvement: Basketball, Volleyball, Vocal Music, SAMOSA, Women’s Empowerment
Fun Fact: I play travel basketball outside of school and travel the country with my team for tournaments and showcases.
“I have always gone to public school growing up and moved once so I’ve been through lots of change. Also, switching to a private school is a big step. I was nervous at first, but George School was the perfect place for me!”
Involvement: Softball, Tennis, Goldfish n Java (leader), LASO (Latin American Student Organization)
Fun Fact: I was born in Brazil and have lived in Madagascar, Lesotho, and Colombia since then! I also speak Portuguese.
“I wanted to go to a school that could push me and be challenging while at the same time not be too competitive. Since being here, I don’t feel as though I am constantly trying to stay ahead of everyone, but instead I find myself working together with my friends and teachers to do better as a whole.
Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, México
Involvement: Basketball, LASO (Latin American Student Organization), Women’s Empowerment Club, Morgan’s Message
Why she chose George School: “A perfect combination of a strong academic program, a great basketball coach, and an extremely diverse student body”
Whether it be teachers, coaches, classmates, teammates, or advisors, Bree has met people at George School who care about each other and the community. Bree has learned that at George School the faculty and staff care for the students and are invested in their growth.
Involvement: Cross Country, Swimming, Standing Room Only (SRO), MATES (School publication for STEAM subjects), GS Athletic Media Team, Psychology Club
Favorite Place on Campus: The Mollie Dodd Anderson Library
George School gave Celine a chance to explore her previous passions in a new setting. Live Music Weekend is her favorite weekend where students can sing and play music, reminding her of the past eight years she spent in the most famous Children’s Choir in Shanghai.
Involvement: Baseball, Cross Country, Theater
Favorite Class at GS: Painting and Drawing
Jerry loves being a boarder at George School because of the constant support and community. For example, during the week of the school musical, Jerry returned to his dorm after a late night of rehearsal to his roommates waiting for him in the lobby to congratulate him and his castmates on their hard work.
Involvement: Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Climate Action Club, Book Club, Thrift Club
Favorite Class at GS: AP U.S. History
Ivy’s favorite parts of the day are getting fresh air on her walk between classes and eating at the picnic benches outside of Main. Her best memories of George School have been made while sitting on those benches eating lunch with her friends and relaxing under one of the many trees on campus between classes.
Involvement: Equestrian, Swimming, Theater, Instrumental Music, Psychology Club, Plant Club, Science Olympiad
Fun Fact: I travel around the world every year with my family and I have been to more than 20 different countries. I love doing exciting sports such as rock climbing, skiing, ice skating and snorkeling.
“George School is famous about its wonderful and diverse group of students, it makes me feel safe and welcomed as an international student in this community.”
Involvement: Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, SAGA, Percussion Club (co-leader)
Favorite Place on Campus: Betty’s Place or the Woodshop!
Irina chose George School for the loving community she grew up with at Newtown Friends School. She hopes to show prospective students that it is possible to maintain good grades and a social life on campus while pursuing all of your interests at George School.
Involvement: Cheerleading, Vocal Music, UMOJA, Women’s Empowerment
Favorite GS Memory: Volunteering at the Haunted Trail Walk during Haunted Hayride Day
“I had come from a small Quaker school, and I wanted to continue being in a community that was as respectful, diverse, and fun as the one I came from. When I toured George School, I immediately felt that same sense of community, and I knew this was the right place for me!”
Involvement: Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, Vocal Ensemble
Favorite Class at GS: AP Language and Composition with Joelle Sanphy
“If you asked 14-year-old me what 16-year-old me would be like, he wouldn’t guess it in a million tries. George School has taken all of the areas I lacked in and transformed them into the highlights of my character and I can’t wait to see what I will be like my senior year.”
New Hope, PA
Involvement: Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Tennis, Climate Action Club, Ski Club, Yearbook Committee
Favorite GS Memory: Bonding with her teammates during preseason on the tennis team
“Being able to be outside in between each class and walking to each building in the fresh air and sunlight is such a special gift we have as students here. When I catch myself taking it for granted, I have to stop and just look around at the beautiful buildings, trees, and nature that surrounds me.”
Involvement: Soccer, Softball, Ultimate Frisbee, Dance, ARGO, Thrift Club, Climate Action Club
Fun Fact: My mom is a George School alumna!
“I’m so happy I am a boarder because I love the moments that spontaneously happen in the dorm, like when everyone on my hall ends up watching a tv show together, or just laughing with my friends before lights out.”
Involvement: Lacrosse, Women’s Empowerment, Dance, UNICEF, ARGO, Climate Action Club, Thrift Club
Favorite GS Memory: Dancing to “Closing Time” by Semisonic to celebrate the end of Live Music Weekend
“I chose George School because not only did the community and environment seem like the place I wanted to put myself, I learned what it was like to be in the George School community. It is a place that highlights inclusivity and equality as well as the strive to push and challenge students to do their best in and out of the classroom.”
Involvement: Tennis, Softball, Equestrian, Basketball
Favorite Themed Weekend at GS: Harvest Weekend
Charlotte knew George School was the high school for her because of the instant connection and kindness from everyone on campus. Even when doing virtual zooms, everyone was so friendly and willing to answer any questions she had.
Involvement: Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Student Council, Women’s Empowerment Club, Morgan’s Message
Favorite Themed Weekend at GS: Student Council Weekend
For Caroline, community comes from sports, where she adores her teammates and looks forward to seeing her friends at every practice, workout, or game—even if it is early in the morning. The bus rides back from field hockey and lacrosse games have become her favorite memories at George School.
Involvement: Fencing, Tennis, Soccer, MATES (School publication for STEAM subjects), Math Team, Psychology Club, Chess Club
Fun Fact: I started Fencing Club with my advisor, Kai, who also happens to be my teacher, club sponsor, coach, and dorm parent!
“I believe that boarding has helped me build relationships with those who I normally would not have interacted with. When you are living with others in such a close environment, you eventually start to know everyone and get close with them.”
Involvement: Volleyball, Vocal Music, Theater, LASO (Latin American Student Union), Film Club
Favorite Place on Campus: The Music Studio!
“Everyone has been so welcoming and encouraging ever since I first stepped foot on campus for Celebration for Accepted Students Day. George School has allowed me to become comfortable in my own skin and has encouraged me to explore many things that I didn’t have the opportunity to try before coming here.”
Involvement: Lacrosse, Field Hockey, Morgan’s Message, Prom Committee
Favorite Themed Weekend at GS: LASO (Latin American Student Organization) Weekend
As a member of the lacrosse and field hockey teams, her favorite place on campus is the turf field where she finds camaraderie with her teammates. Being a part of a close knit team offers endless support on and off the playing field.
Involvement: Cheering, Tennis, Softball, Model UN, ComEngineering
Why she chose George School: “It was the school that wished me ‘Happy Birthday’ while I was applying”
“I am able to be my true self in front of my advisor and she’s become my second mom. She’s always the first person I would go to whenever something comes up and I love how patient and helpful she is.”
Involvement: Volleyball, Dance, UMOJA
Favorite Dining Hall Food: Waffles with applewood bacon
“I love holiday weekend because it’s a time when I see our campus light up the most. It’s a time where we gather together to see the beautifully decorated meeting house and a time I truly enjoy.”
Involvement: Equestrian, Climate Action Club
Favorite Class at GS: Spiritual Practices for Wellbeing with Robert Mooney
“The riding team is what drew me to look at GS, and was the ultimate attraction when I toured. After touring, though, I fell in love with the outdoor campus, the old buildings, and the huge painting and drawing studio. Colby interviewed me and we immediately got along so well. I loved how respected and seen I felt during my interview and I really saw myself growing at George School.”
Involvement: Dance, Theater, UMOJA, Thrift Club
Favorite Class at GS: Dance and Creative Process
“Creativity is a large part of how I identify and truly makes me who I am. George School is a great place to help you discover those little things that make you different that you can include in your work to make it great.”
Involvement: Cross Country, Curious George, Yearbook, Art History Club, Anthropology Club
Favorite Class at GS: AP Language and Composition with Kyle Abbott
“My favorite George School memory would be when I first sang the George School hymn at the start of my sophomore year. It was the first time that I experienced a whole school gathering and shouting ‘George School!’ It empowered me with school spirit and forever love for my high school.”
Involvement: Soccer, Swimming, Vocal Music, Red Cross Club President, UNICEF, MedForum, Amnesty, Thrift Club
After transferring to George School her junior year, Hannah was immediately welcomed into the George School community. Gathering with her advisor and collection weekly helped her cultivate a strong support system and friendships as a new student on campus. “When I first walked on campus for my tour, I felt at home.”
Involvement: Baseball, Football, Lacrosse, Model UN, Ski and Board, Robotics, Yearbook Club
Favorite Class at GS: Global Politics with Dar Sheth
Axton is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma candidate and practicing Quaker with a passion for history. Whether he is studying or collaborating with friends, he enjoys spending his time in the back tables of the Mollie Dodd Anderson Library.
Tim has been with George School for over 15 years and brings with him many years of restaurant and catering experience. Tim shows his passion for food everyday, not only by creating all of George School’s menus, but by leading his team in making all recipes from scratch. Tim is dedicated and proud to be part of the George School community.
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Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to meet Tim on Wednesday, September 13 in the Dining Hall and ask him any questions they may have!
Visit the Health and Wellness Guidelines page for guidance on how our community manages contagious illnesses on campus.
Did you know that MDA Library provides access to OneSearch, a discovery system that simplifies access to our vast collection of digital and print resources? This powerful tool allows you to search for books, e-books, articles, and other materials all in one place from the library webpage.
Instead of searching through multiple databases and websites to find the resources you need for your assignments, projects, or lesson plans, you can save time and focus on what really matters: your research.
OneSearch makes it easy to filter results by type, date, subject, and more in addition to providing recommendations for related resources based on your searches. Whether you are a community member looking for research materials, teaching resources, an article blocked by a paywall, or your next great read, OneSearch will make your search more efficient.
The MDA Library team is available to provide support and training to help you get the most out of this new tool. Visit our website to explore OneSearch and incorporate it into your work, teaching, and research.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or book a research consultation here.
IB students and families: Review the latest George School IB announcements, project deadlines, upcoming meetings, and more. Contact IB Coordinator Kim McGlynn at email@example.com with any questions.
Parents/Guardians: Please join the Parent and Guardian Association (PGA) for dinner in the dining hall at 5:30 p.m. before its final meeting of the school year on Monday, April 17. The meeting will be from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the MDA Library Conference Room. Those unable to attend in person may join virtually via Zoom. The meeting link is on the Parent Portal.
George School is committed to being a welcoming and inclusive community. Learn how DEIJ and Quakerism are woven into community life at GS from Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Rachel Williams, Head of the Religions Department Tom Hoopes ’83, and current George School students.
Watch the recording here.
Reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected to the Parents and Guardian Association (PGA)!
Join current George School students for a Q & A about life at GS on Tuesday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Director of Admission Kim Major p ’23 & ’26 hosts a Q & A session for newly enrolled students and their families.
Watch the recording here
Current George School students host a Q & A about life at GS.
Director of Admission Kim Major p ’23 & ’26 will be available for a Q & A session for newly enrolled students and their families on Thursday, April 6 at 7:00 p.m. ET.
Meeting ID: 810 5986 2330
Learn more about weekend activities, residence life, clubs and organizations, and life at GS outside of the classroom.
Learn more about our athletics program with Director of Athletics Kurt Ruch, coaches, and current students.
Listen to members of our arts faculty and current George School students host a discussion about visual and performing arts at George School.
Interested in learning more about the Signature Academic Program at George School and diving into the courses offered? Listen to faculty and current George School students present about academics at George School.
Get ready for the 2023-24 school year! Bookmark www.georgeschool.org/backtoschool, your planning hub for the 2023-24 school year, to refer to as you plan for the coming year.
Questions? Visit our Parent/Guardian FAQ page for more information about life at GS.
Enrollment Process: George School Admission Team, 215.579.6547
Financial Aid: Mike Murray, Director of Financial Aid, 215.579.6550
Billing, Payments, or Insurance: Rose Rosenberg, Accounts Receivable Specialist, 215.579.6510
Registration: Registration Team
Transportation and Residential Life: Deans’ Office, 215.579.6589
Health and Wellness: Student Health and Wellness Center, 215.579.6715
General Questions: George School Admission Team, 215.579.6547
Dear George School Students,
Do you remember the moment you said “yes” to GS?! For so many, attending the Celebration for Accepted Students (CAS) IS that moment. Every year, the Admission Office works to create an exciting, special, fun-filled experience for our newly accepted students… and we need YOUR help to make the 2023 CAS our best event yet!
This year, there will be two CAS days: March 30 and April 4.
Families will come to campus and attend programming throughout the morning and afternoon to get a sense of what George School is all about. We will need high-energy, dynamic, positive student volunteers to help families navigate campus; answer questions about life at GS; run icebreakers and other games; and so much more. If you are interested in being a Student Volunteer, please fill out this form at your earliest convenience.
The Admission Team
Attention Parents/Guardians: The Admission Team is looking for parent volunteers to help out with Celebration for Accepted Students (CAS) on March 30 and April 4.
If you are interested in being a volunteer, please contact Admission Visit and Outreach Coordinator Deb Soufleris at email@example.com.