Grier School

5.00 (6 reviews)
2522 Grier School Road
Tyrone, PA 16686
Grier School is a boarding and day school for girls ingrades7-12, located in beautiful Central Pennsylvania.
Our 274 students enjoy a well-rounded education in academics, the arts and athletics.
At Grier, girls become emboldened, engaged, and poised for the future.
Lemuel Grier, the first in our founding family,conveyed this sentiment best: "Our aim is not to stuff the mind with undigested knowledge from the Text Book, but to train its powers, so that the student may be able to think for herself." Today,the tradition to develop students` critical thinking abilities-as well as the other21st century skills-inspires both our pedagogy and curriculum, which offers classes ranging from college preparatory to Advanced Placement (AP) and in-depth scholarship through electives and advanced offerings.
The standards of faculty and instructors are high, as are the levels of concern and support provided to ensure that students experience success.

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  • Class of 2017
    5 Stars  
    Pennsylvania State University
    I liked Grier very much when I attended it. Four years went by so fast, I did not even notice how I graduated so quickly. In the meantime, I saw myself change and become stronger. . .

  • Class of 2012
    5 Stars  
    Pennsylvania State University
    Grier School is unique in a number of different ways, but the aspect that I value most as a former student has to do with the atmosphere and student body. Many people ask me what. . .

  • Class of 2007
    5 Stars  
    Penn State University
    For me, there are so many aspects of Grier that make it unique to other boarding schools. At Grier, you don't receive the "run-of-the-mill" boarding school experience. There, it was not just about. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2021 School Data
Grier SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered7-12, PG9-12
School TypeAll-girlsCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18531907
Campus Size320 acres125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment275 students300 students
% Students of Color
11%
25%
% International Students
35%
20%
% Students Boarding
90%
70%
Average SAT Score1340* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1170 - 1430-
Average ACT score28*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size9 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Student : Teacher Ratio6:17:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2118
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
75%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$4,350
(Grier Summer offers two 3-week sessions. Sessions may be combined to create longer stays. Campers may choose 1 to 2 week stay options and fees will be prorated.)
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size$27 million$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$57,900
(Scholarships and financial aid available)
$59,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a$33,500
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$20,000$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Acceptance Rate

Application DeadlineFeb. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Acceptance Rate
50%
58%
Director of AdmissionsKara Lawler
Andrew Grier

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2118
CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science Principles, English Literature, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Music Theory, Physics 1, Physics 2, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Statistics, Studio Art: 2-D Design, US History, World History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered1516
SportsAlpine Skiing, Badminton, Ballet, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Equestrian, Fencing, Golf, Riding, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations3023
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Alpha Omega, Anti-Bullying Club, Bridge Club (Women's Rights and Advocacy), Environmental Club, Excursion Club, Garden Club, Grier School Ambassadors, Journalism Club, Kaleidoscope, Knitting Club, National Honor Society, Prom Committee, Recycling Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Choir, Flute Choir, Jazz Band, Musical Theatre, Orchestra, Pottery Club, Private Music Lessons, Rock Band, Select Singers, String Orchestra, Theatre

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Equestrian, Golf, Personal Fitness, Tennis, Yoga, Zumba

College Matriculation

Year: 2010 - 201510 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Boston University5
Pennsylvania State University5
New York University4
Grinnell College2
University of Wisconsin2
Berklee College of Music1
Georgetown University1
School of the Art Institute of Chicago1
School of the Visual Arts1
Trufts University1
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Grier School is a boarding and day school for girls in grades 7-12, located in Central Pennsylvania.  Our 285 students enjoy a well-rounded education in academics, the arts, and athletics.
  • Grier 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

Profile last updated: 06/24/2021

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