Grier School

P.O. Box 308,
Tyrone, PA 16686
Tel: (814)684-3000
Gr: (Boarding) 7-12 | 305 students
"The Grier School is a grades 7-12 boarding school for girls in Central Pennsylvania.
Founded in 1853, the school's mission has always been to provide a well-rounded education in academics, athletics and the arts in a safe setting."

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2013 School Data
Grier School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 7-12, PG 7-12
School Type All-girls Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1853 1907
Campus Size 320 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 305 students 300 students
% Students of Color 15% 18%
% International Students 42% 20%
% Students Boarding 92% 67%
Average SAT Score 1910 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1400 - 2200 -
Average ACT score 25 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 9 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 21 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 65% 65%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $18 million $14 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$48,800 $47,335
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$18,000
(International students may not be day students.)
$26,110
% Students on Financial Aid 35% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $22,000 $19,000
Merit Scholarships Offered Yes No

Admission

Application Deadline Feb. 15 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate 50% 57%
Director of Admissions Andrew M. Wilson  
Associate Director of Admissions Jennifer Neely/Andrew Grier  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 21 15
Art History Art Portfolio
Biology Chemistry
Microeconomics Statistics
US History Calculus A/B
Calculus B/C English
Environmental Science European History
French Macroeconomics
Physics Physics C
Spanish World History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 11 14
SportsBadminton, Ballet, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Fencing, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 19 24
ExtracurricularsAstronomy Club, Athletic Association, Book Club, Concert Choir, Ecology Club, Essence Club, Flute Choir, Gourmet Club, Green & Gold, Grier Dance, Jazz Band, Knitting Club, Orchestra, Pine Needle Yearbook, Post and Rail (horseback riding), Robotics Club, Rock Band, Spanish Club, Triple Trio

College Matriculation

Year: 2010-2011 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Washington 3
Boston College 2
Lehigh University 2
Pennsylvania State University 2
Carnegie Mellon University 1
Cornell University 1
Mount Holyoke College 1
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 1
University of California - Berkeley 1
University of Southern California 1
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • LD types supported: Mild Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: Middle States Association
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Camila Sodi - Mexican TV star and pop singer - attended Grier as a 9th grader.
    • Marcy Rylan - Soap Opera actress
    • Veronica Velasco - Mexican Green Party Official
    • Barbara Hull Richardson - New Hampshire House Representative

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