George School: Growth in Character and Academics
Founded in 1893 as a private Quaker boarding and day school, George School seeks to develop students who treasure learning and desire to contribute to the world. With Quaker values at its core, George School offers students a number of distinct programs including service learning trips, arts and religion courses, and community-based decision making.
Diversity is a major component of the open and welcoming community at George school. Students from various religious, socio-economic, and geographic backgrounds meet at the school to share different perspectives and to learn from each other. Of the 540 students enrolled, 54 different countries and 22 states are represented.
George School helps students excel academically and exposes them to new things. “Students are able to follow their passions and are also exposed to new things they might not be aware of,” explained Director of Admission & Enrollment Management, Jennifer Sheppard. “Academically, kids can be very driven in terms of their passions and preparing them not just for college, but beyond.”
International Baccalaureate Program
George School is one of the first schools to adopt the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma program which challenges students academically as well as through community service, creativity, and physical activity. In line with the George School values of respect and compassion for all cultures, the IB program teaches students that multiple people with multiple views can be right.
“You not only graduate with a George School diploma, you can graduate with an IB diploma which is recognized by US colleges representing commitment, challenge, critical thinking, and inquiry. It’s also recognized internationally,” stated Mrs. Sheppard.
George School is excited to announce the opening of a new 100,000 square foot Fitness and Athletics Center, complete with a pool, two large gyms, and a yoga and movement studio. The school also recently invested in a new library with state-of-the-art features, including a vegetative roof and a geothermal heating and cooling system. In addition to these major upgrades in campus facilities, students and teachers enjoy access to new chemistry and biology labs, allowing for cutting-edge science lessons.
Giving Back to the Community
The service-learning component of George School is integral to each student’s growth. For example, students are required to work alongside teachers in the dining hall which promotes equality throughout the school as well as a sense of responsibility. Students are also required to complete a service-learning project in the country or abroad.
“We care about personal values and character as much as we care about the academic program,” concluded Head of School, Nancy Starmer. Above all, George School seeks to produce graduates that “let their lives speak.”
Special Feature: Service Trip to Brazil
Recently, a group of George School students completed a service trip to São Paulo, Brazil. Students volunteered at the Ronald McDonald house as well as at Maes Em Luta, an organization that helps families find missing people.
A participating student shared a memory from the trip: “It was clear that there was no lack of support for our group in completing the best and most service we could. Everything that followed validated that notion. The families that housed us treated us like we were truly their children and the teenagers in each family told us so much about Brazilian culture. We accomplished a great deal while we were in Brazil because we had faith in one another and because our mission to help was noble. We worked as hard as possible and put our hearts into everything we did. People recognized that and aided us in our efforts.”