Grier School

Grier School is a boarding and day school for girls ingrades7-12, located in beautiful Central Pennsylvania.
Our 300 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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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Coalition of Girls
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 7-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1853

Student Body

Total Students274 students
Student Body TypeAll-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Grier School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers63 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size9 students
Number of AP Courses21 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science Principles, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French Language, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics 1, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art: 2-D Design, AP US Government and Politics, AP US History, AP World History
Average SAT score1340
Average ACT score28
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$55,900
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$25,000
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJennifer Neely
Admissions AssociateKatie Kingera
Endowment Size$25 million


Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Archery, Badminton, Ballet, Basketball, Bowling, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Fencing, Golf, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis, VolleyballAlpine SkiingArchery,
ClimbingCross Country,
Rock ClimbingSnowboarding,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.31 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Alpha Omega, Anti-Bullying Club, Astronomy Club, Empowering Girls Globally (EGG), Environmental Club, Excursion Club, Garden Culb, Grier School Ambassadors (GSA), Journalism Club, Kaleidoscope, Knitting Club, National Honor Society (NHS), Pottery Club, Prom Committee, Recycling Club, Theatre Club

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

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

School Notes

  • The Grier School is an independent boarding school for girls located just outside Tyrone, Pennsylvania, USA. Grier's Central Pennsylvania location is easily accessible to the nearby cities of Altoona and State College, home to Penn State University. The school's mission since its founding has been to enrich the lives of young women in the areas of academics, athletics and thearts.Toward this goal, all students are encouraged to participate actively in all aspects of school life.
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The average private school tuition in Pennsylvania is $8,014 for elementary schools and $16,141 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Pennsylvania is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).