Grier School Grier School

A supportive faculty and warm environment contribute to the success of the academic program at Grier. Students are encouraged to excel in their academic strengths and passions and have many choices through the Elite Scholars Program, which prepares students for the top American colleges and universities via honors and advanced courses. Students can choose from the 16 Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered at Grier. In addition to the academic rigor available at Grier, students may avail themselves of Grier School’s LEAP! (LEArning Power) program, which seeks to empower students with the tools needed to close gaps and improve skills. Grier School’s college counseling department supports students throughout high school and works with students and families to ensure a successful transition to university.

Other signature programs, such as the visual and performing arts, enhance the Grier experience. Students interested in the visual arts choose from studio classes in drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, graphic design, batik, weaving, costume design, stagecraft, metal arts, and ceramics, while students wishing to concentrate in the visual arts participate in many of the aforementioned classes in addition to AP studio art and AP art history. Grier¿s performing arts offerings include instrumental and vocal instruction and ensembles, straight and musical drama troupes, and dance. Grier’s dance department offers classes in tap, jazz, ballet, modern, hip hop, and choreography at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. All of the performing arts have options to perform and compete regularly throughout the year.

The sports program at Grier is diverse and attuned to the interests and needs of the students. Varsity programs include soccer, tennis, volleyball, basketball and fencing. Other offerings include recreational versions of soccer, tennis, volleyball, and basketball in addition to options such as karate, yoga, body sculpting, and skiing/snowboarding.

Grier’s renowned signature equestrian program offers instruction for all riders, from beginning through advanced, in both the English and Western styles. Varsity riders can log upwards of 15-20 hours per week and show regularly throughout the school year in both IEA team competitions and rated competitions in multiple organizations.

Grier Summer Camps
Accredited by the American Camp Association

Located in the Allegheny Mountains of beautiful central Pennsylvania, Grier Summer Camps offers camp programs using the campus of the Grier School. Whether a camper chooses horseback riding, visual or performing arts or a combination of all three opportunities, each venue offers state of the art facilities.

Founded in 1975, Allegheny Riding Camp was the first Grier Summer program. Allegheny Riding Camp is our premier camp for girls ages 7 to 17 who love horses! In order to assure a personalized experience for every camper, Allegheny Riding Camp accommodates no more than 70 riding campers at a time. We maintain an excellent staff ratio to provide a caring atmosphere for everyone. We have a rich tradition of teaching girls self-confidence through English horsemanship, and this summer will add Western saddle to our Show Camper program.

Allegheny Camp of the Arts is perfect for girls, ages 8-17, looking for a fun camp experience in a beautiful, serene location with top-notch arts facilities. Grier Summer offers a three-week program in creative and performing arts. Campers choose four different elective activities from a variety of creative and recreational options. Grier Summer also offers three intensive art programs, Dance, Art Portfolio and Musical Theatre.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeBoarding and Day — Girls Grades 7-PG
Coed, Boys, or GirlsGirls
Full AddressPO Box 308, Tyrone, PA 16686
Year Established1853
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Boarding Tuition$47,800; estimated extras $3000
Boarding Tuition for International Students$47,800; estimated extras $3000-7000
Day Tuition$22,500; estimated extras $1000-1500
Merit Scholarships Awarded34
Value of Merit Scholarships$740,000
Need-Based Scholarships Awarded55
Value of Need-Based Scholarships$1,000,000

Academics & Athletics

Academic CalendarSemester
Supplemental InstructionDevelopmental Reading, ESL, Learning Differences, Makeup, Remedial Math, Remedial Reading, Review, Tutoring
1:1 Laptop Program in Grades7-PG
Advanced Placement CoursesArt History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English, Environmental Science, French, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Physics, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, US History, World History
Summer SessionEnrichment Recreational. Tuition Boarding $450-4900. ½-3 weeks
Accredited ByMSA
Interscholastic Girls' SportsBasketball, Cheerleading, Equestrian, Fencing, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School45
Most Common Graduate DestinationsPA St 2, Purdue 2, Sch of the Art Inst of Chicago 2, U of CA-Berkeley 1, UCLA 1, Bryn Mawr 1
Average Math/Critical Reading SAT1,290
Average ACT25


Applications DueRolling
Application Fee$50
New Students130
Percentage of Applicants Accepted60
Percent Admitted Who Choose to Enroll (Yield)73
Tests Used for AdmissionIQ, SSAT, TOEFL


AdministratorAndrew M. Wilson
Administrator's TitleHeadmaster
In Office Since2007
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Middlebury College
Co-AdministratorGina Borst
Co-Administrator's TitleHead of School
Co-Administrator's CredentialsBS, MEd, Pennsylvania State Univ

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment290
Boarding Students255
Day Students35
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)38
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)252
Student Body EthnicityWhite 40%, Latino 16%, African-American 9%, Asian 35%
Percentage of International Students50
Average Class Size9
Student-Faculty Ratio6:1
Dress CodeCasual
Teaching Faculty60
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)56
Male Teaching Faculty18
Female Teaching Faculty42
Faculty EthnicityWhite 95%, Asian 5%

Campus & Endowment

Campus Acreage325
Buildings on Campus17
Facilities Value$10,000,000
Endowment Value$14,000,000
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