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.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: 7-12
  • Enrollment: 298 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $55,900
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Grier School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 7-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
298 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade
Grier School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
51 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
9 students
Number of AP Courses
21 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP 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 score
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Jennifer Neely
Admissions Associate
Katie Kingera
Endowment Size
$25 million



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
31 extracurriculars
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.
  • 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
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Grier School cost?
Grier School's tuition is approximately $55,900 for private students and $4,350 for summer students.
What schools are Grier School often compared to?
Grier Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Linden Hall by visitors of our site.
What is the acceptance rate of Grier School?
The acceptance rate of Grier School is 50%, which is lower than the national average of 86%. Grier School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Pennsylvania with low acceptance rates.
Who are famous alumni from Grier School?
Grier School famous alumni include: Camila Sodi, Marcy Rylan and Veronica Velasco.
What sports does Grier School offer?
Grier School offers 17 interscholastic sports: Alpine Skiing, Archery, Badminton, Ballet, Basketball, Bowling, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Fencing, Golf, Rock Climbing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis and Volleyball. Grier School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Pennsylvania for most sports offered.
What is Grier School's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Grier School?
The application deadline for Grier School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked PA School
  • Grades: 7-12
  • Enrollment: 298 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $55,900
  • Acceptance rate: 50%
  • Average class size: 9 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Pennsylvania is $10,974 for elementary schools and $16,455 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).

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