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PK-8
Private
Yardley, PA
Students enrolled: 162
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1750 Quarry Road
Yardley, PA 19067

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(215) 968-4151
(215) 860-7418
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May 01, 2015
We've been a part of Grey Nun family for several years. We heard about the school's outstanding reputation from neighbors and friends years back, and we have not been disappointed. Upon our first visit and tour through the school, we were amazed that the principal and administrators knew every single student in the school by name. That couldn't be, right? But we've found it is! The small class sizes and great student-teacher ratios have helped our children develop, learn and grow. The sale of the property a few years ago has not impacted the quality of education. The school has kept the parent community informed of updates when needed, and communicate with the families on a regular basis about their commitment to remain at their current location for the foreseeable future. Even with an interim principal and a new head of school coming in for next year, the nurturing environment and care provided by the teachers and administration to our children has remained unchanged. FYI, We've taken advantage of the school's tuition assistance / grant program which is a painless process and helps us greatly.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2015
my husband and I had several children who attended grey nun academy until last year. our family did not mesh at all with gna. the teachers were great at gna such that our children are absolutely flourishing in what has been described as a very prestigious school. our children are also thriving socially at their new school while they were very unhappy at gna.

- submitted by a community member

February 21, 2015
Selecting a school for your child is always difficult. What if you make the wrong decision? What does that look like? A new family to GNA this year and we can't be any happier. Our entire family was welcomed into the community almost overnight. Our child is learning in ways that are nurturing, progressive and forward thinking. I am also super impressed by the global thinking that is instilled in all GNA students, preparing them for the world they will all live in as they grow up. A hidden gem of a school indeed!

- submitted by a parent

January 29, 2015
This school not only has an outstanding family feel, but also has outstanding academics and extra curricular activities like basketball and soccer for sports, and STEM (science technology engineering math) and Math Counts for academic activities. At this school ,unlike others, the children welcome new kids and makes them and their families part of our community because of the respect that their teachers teach them. I wouldn't want my children going anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent

December 29, 2014
There was what some call a "significant" reduction in enrollment for the fall semester of this (2014-2015) academic year. Around 2011 or 2012 the Grey Nuns sold the school, home and motherhouse to the Holy Redeemer Health System, and now occupy the school and convent on a lease arrangement. Since (and somewhat before) the sale things have been somewhat in a state of flux. I wish the former principal and the vice principal, both of whom recently left the school, the best. Clearly there were issues that precipitated the sale. I believe to blame re-enrollment issues after the sale on any person or issue would be unfair and misleading. I think the situation is much more complex.

- submitted by a parent

December 09, 2014
I have two children at Grey Nun Academy in the primary division and really love this school. To the people posting that it's not a school for shy kids, I couldn't disagree more. My older child is very shy and she is thriving there, thanks to the smaller student-to-teacher ratio, and loving, nurturing teachers she's had over her 3 1/2 years there. Teachers are caring, have a great sense of humor, and do a fantastic job bringing academics into the classroom in just the right way for each individual child. Families are nice and involved in their children's lives and education. The new principal is wonderful and warm as well, and I like the increased presence of the Grey Nuns there. It's truly the perfect private/independent school.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2014
Having been a part of the Grey Nun Community for ten years we couldn't be happier. Our child was not only very well prepared for high school but graduated from GNA with a great amount of poise and confidence. In addition to superior academics and small class sizes, students are taught strong values and respect for one another. Both the faculty and administration truly care about each and every child.

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2014
I understand every family's experience with the school is different and I empathize with those families who may have faced difficulty. However, I am a strong advocate of GNA, particularly if you do have a child that is shy. Our daughter would be considered "shy", a label I hesitate to throw onto my child. I attribute GNA's beautiful, caring, and nurturing environment for the sole reason that my daughter's self-esteem has risen. The smaller class sizes, the tight friendships, and welcoming faculty and staff is the perfect environment for those kids who need the extra boost to feel special and important. I would highly recommend GNA to all families whether you have a child that is "shy" or not.

- submitted by a parent

March 11, 2014
I would not recommend for a shy child. Talk a great game to help but no help. Every year 6-7 kids leave because promises to the parents are not kept.

- submitted by a parent

March 03, 2014
As a parent of a GNA student (for 7 years), I am quite surprised by the bullying comment below. I can t imagine a school where bullying is less likely to be encountered; have never seen any evidence of it at all (and my child is the quiet type, the type who might be picked on if that sort of thing was present). The faculty dotes on every child. Never had anything to complain about in all these years; very satisfied all around. I am suspicious of buzzwords like bullying . 10 years ago the concept of bullying was unknown to the media & pop-culture; now a bully hiding behind every tree & around every corner. There are times and places where an aggressive child needs correcting, but caution should be used when tossing that word around with no corroborating details. The word bullying has become an all-condemning sledgehammer. Children, like adults, have ups & downs, good days & bad, close friends at school and classmates that rub them the wrong way. This is not usually the result of true bullying . I don t think it is prudent to tarnish the reputation of a 50 year old institution like GNA, a winner of numerous academic accolades, by calling it a haven for bullies .

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2014
Our son loves Grey Nun Academy. The school provides a warm and caring environment. The teachers and staff are very dedicated to the students and to the school. The academic program is top notch, and our son is much more advanced academically than his friends who attend other nearby private and public schools. The students are well mannered, and show respect for their teachers and fellow peers. The graduates all attend excellent high schools, including prestigious prep schools. We have never once regretted sending our son to this school, and we continue to highly recommend it to our friends.

- submitted by a parent

February 13, 2014
Since entering Grey Nun several years ago, our daughter feels a sense of accomplishment. She loves going to school and has made many best friends, all of whom are intelligent and hard-working. The parents are very involved with their children's education, and we have become very good friends with many of them also. The school and staff are very welcoming and accommodating. Grey Nun, we feel, is on par with many of the more expensive schools in nearby Princeton. We are grateful to GNA.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2014
As the School Counselor at Grey Nun Academy, it is quite upsetting to read the prior post. Creating a warm, friendly and caring community is very important to all of us at GNA. To the person who posted - Please contact me, so that we can work together to help your child. Mary Ellen Cook LPC

- submitted by a teacher

February 03, 2014
School is a haven for bullies, principal does NOTHING to help the victims (ANYONE) out. The victim is always sent to the office with the bully to explain the situation. Rough environment to learn in if you have a soft personality. Not a good school to choose if you don't want to be in a parent click. Academically stronger than public schools, socially very difficult.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2013
I attended GNA many, many years ago but I cannot speak highly enough of it. Having gone into education as my career, my teachers at Grey Nun truly went above and beyond. It is a warm and caring environment -- the type of school I hope my own kids will be able to go to some day. I don't know how much has changed, but I hope not that much because it was such a great experience and a close-knit community. Only downside is there was a total lack of diversity.

- submitted by a community member

June 13, 2012
We are all anxiously awaiting news of re-registration statistics for the 2012-2013 academic year! Nothing has been said to the parents so far or posted here! The Administration should post! Go GNA!!!

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2012
My oldest has been there for 4 years. His experience has been tremendous in all aspects. The academics are unquestionably the best in the area. The teachers and staff are truly dedicated to working with the child based upon their own needs. Socially my child has blossomed each year becoming more confident within himself to try new things and stand up for what is right. Spiritually both my children are learning to be selfless with true life values demonstrated, which mimics our family philosphy at home. It is a school worth the investment of your child's future.

- submitted by a parent

April 24, 2012
Growing, nurturing, and achieving are words that describe the atmosphere at Grey Nun Academy. Our school is child-centered and family oriented. We are a community that is committed to educating the whole child. Teachers and staff go the extra mile to help each child reach his/her full potential. The longevity of our staff speaks of our dedication to the GNA students and families!

- submitted by a teacher

April 23, 2012
My son who is going to be 43 went to the Grey Nun Academy. It was and I am sure still is an outstanding and loving school. When we found out it was only a mile from our home, we knew our son had to go there. The marks on my son's soul and intelligence are indelible. We did not have much at the time and any extra money we had went to Nat's tuition, and happily so. God Bless you all.

- submitted by a parent

April 19, 2012
Having recently toured GNA, I knew after two visits that it was the school for my family! We have looked at several different schools in the area and we have been so impressed by the teachers, staff, and parents at GNA. I posted a few days ago and accidently put three stars without even realizing what I had done. I just wanted to correct this and give GNA the 5 stars that it deserves. My children will be there next year and we are so excited!

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2012
As a Board of Trustee member and alumni parent I am amazed at the dedication the families, faculty and administration have towards the school. Always working as a team, they make Grey Nun Academy a very special, welcoming place. Many faculty and admin support have an impressive 15-20+ years of service to GNA reinforcing its exceptional educational values. For years GNA was known as the best kept secret in Bucks County, proud to be the only private, catholic school in the county. GNA is graduating the 41st class this year and the graduates have been admitted to their first choice high school. A 50th year celebration is being planned for 2013. The recent sale event has changed the dynamic only slightly, GNA remains the same welcoming and bonded education community that all parents, including alumni parents can appreciate.

- submitted by a community member

April 18, 2012
Years ago, when our oldest child approached school age, we set out on a quest to find the "perfect school." To us, the ideal school had a rigorous academic curriculum, a committed faculty/staff and an appreciation for and expression of Christian values. We found all of these in Grey Nun Academy. What we did not expect to find was the overwhelming sense of community that pervades all facets of the school and into which, from day one, we were welcomed and encouraged to play a major part. The teachers have consistently been dedicated to the individual needs of each child, and our kids have flourished. Our two alumni children, now in high school, continue to build on the solid educational and moral foundation they formed at Grey Nun Academy.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2012
I could not be prouder to say that I send my children to Grey Nun Academy! I have consistently felt such a strong sense of community and educational values ever since I walked through the doors of the school four years ago. I am confident every day that my children are getting a solid educational and moral foundation that will follow them throughout their lifetime. Interestingly, I have felt even stronger about our school since the recent sale of the property in January. After the initial shock from the announcement, I have never seen so many parents AND faculty pull together for a common goal. We are all working together for the sake of our children. It is an amazing thing to witness and I am so proud to be a part of it!

- submitted by a parent

April 16, 2012
I am simply shocked to read the most recent post. Though it is true that GNA was surprised and initially shocked by the announcement of the nuns, the school community has come together in an unbelievable way. Our recent spring event was held and there was a incredible turnout of over 200 parents and staff. One of best events ever! Not one staff member is leaving the school so I am very unclear as to how someone might suggest that the staff is distant. I find the complete opposite to be true. I am a parent of several children at GNA and I am involved in many facets of the schools. It is an incredible school, with excellent teachers and a very challenging curriculum. I love GNA!!

- submitted by a parent

April 03, 2012
GNA has been an incredible experience for both of my children. They are thriving in every way. The community is truly like one big family. As a parent who is actively involved in every facet of GNA, I can honestly say that the school takes the issue of bullying very seriously. The school counselor is very dedicated to proactively addressing bullying. I could not imagine my children any where else!

- submitted by a parent

March 22, 2012
As I visited the school I had a weird distant feeling from the staff. I'm not sure what really goes on at the school. I'm not sure about the staff and the principal. I did not get a warm fuzzy feeling the second visit. I did at my first visit. I could see after reading some of the reviews how they would sweep bulling under the carpet. I just did not get a good feeling about them the trust was not there.

- submitted by a community member

March 14, 2012
So far I have one child at GNA and have found that this school gets it so right in all the important ways a parent wants: the teachers are amazing, the curriculum is above par and children are excelling at every level. The smaller class sizes help children to be more engaged in the classroom. The parent community is amazing and very involved in helping the school to thrive. It's a nice close-knit community there. I am definitely sending my other child there next year.

- submitted by a parent

March 01, 2012
As a current parent of a Grey Nun Academy student, I can honestly say that this school has met and exceeded all of my expectations. Initially I was drawn to GNA because of small class sizes, differentiated learning, Catholic values and their strong academic reputation. All of those expectations have been met so I am pleased, but equally if not more important, my child is HAPPY and thriving! The environment at GNA is truly one that is nurturing and loving from the adminstration to the families.

- submitted by a parent

November 29, 2011
The curriculum is good. Most teachers are good. There is an underlying culture of bullying, which is usually "swept under the carpet" by the administration and staff. Principal talks a good game, but doesn't seem sincere in her words, and does not follow-through with resolving issues. The warm and welcoming environment that was once so prevalent in this school is no longer present.

- submitted by a parent

January 21, 2011
I am proud to say my children attend the Grey Nun Academy In looking for an elementary school, my husband and I were looking for a school that combined high standards in academics with a nurturing environment and an emphasis on teaching values and respect. We definitely found it at GNA. From day one the staff and faculty knew my family by name making us feel welcomed into the school community. Our children have been challenged academically even on an individual basis, and I find the curriculum to be superior to our local public elementary school which is rated very high. Finally, i am impressed by the leadership skills and maturity i see in the older children and know that this has been fostered since day one. It's a great choice for anyone who wants a superior education and nurturing community.

- submitted by a parent

October 18, 2009
Our family has been at GNA for the last 10 years. I am happy to say we our very pleased with the school. Our children are happy, confident, well rounded, well behaved, and respectful. This is a second home . Hands down, because of the warm community feeling from teachers and staff, strong academics, our children will be successful in all of their endeavors. Families are supported through good and difficult times. The school comes together as a community, and supports one another. I believe this is a great school for children to grow and learn.

- submitted by a parent

October 12, 2009
No school is perfect, but the teaching that goes on inside the classroom is quite adequate. I like the fact that leadership is emphasized in the upper school, especially the 8th grade. My kids are happy with some of the newly hired teachers too. Not thrilled about how school addresses problems when they come up - from a parental perspective.

- submitted by a parent

October 05, 2009
What a wonderful school! I have a child who graduated from Grey Nun and had been accepted to all the independent schools and catholic academies she applied. I also have a child at Grey Nun and am extremely happy with the quality of the teaching and the nurturing environment.

- submitted by a parent
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September 29, 2009
As a parent of 3 students for a few years, the school has changed from the family atmosphere it once was. There is talk of differentiated instruction - but not the staff to support this. There is also a warmth that is missing. We were happy with the quality of the Upper School faculty; especially the depth of the science. Unhappy with principal.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2009
I have been a Grey Nun Parent for 8 years and firmly believe that my children are in the best elementary school in the area. GNA believes in educating the whole child. It offers challenging academics, differentiated instruction, top notch staff and faculty, low student/teacher ratio, and a warm, nuturing environment. It has recieved 'Blue Ribbon' status for it's academics and high standardized test scores. Most importantly, my kids are happy. As far as I'm concerned, it's a hidden gem in bucks county.

- submitted by a parent

September 23, 2009
As a student of Grey Nun for nine years, I have learned a lot and Grey Nun has truly become my second home. I enjoy coming to school every morning. I always feel safe and welcome at GNA. Not only is there respect for the teachers, but also respect for other students. The classes are educational, interesting and fun. The lessons I've learned and the bonds I've made will last throughout my lifetime. The thought of graduating to most 8th grade students in other schools is a happy one, but to me and my classmates it's be bittersweet. As much we're excited to move onto high school, we're leaving more than just an elementary school. We are leaving behind a family. On a happier note, alumni are welcomed with open arms which is why they visit so often.

- submitted by a student

August 10, 2009
I just pulled my children from the school this year, and and am transferring them into a school at a slightly higher tuition. Not happy with the way the school has changed from having an independent flavor to a heavily parochial 'top down' 'are your socks straight' kind of atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2009
GNA is a wonderful school. My son has blossomed at GNA and I couldn't have asked for a more positive experience for my child. When you walk your child in the school, you can feel the love. It feels as if you are sending your child to a second home. I love this school and highly recommend it to anyone! My daughter will also be attending in two years!

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2009
Grey Nun Academy is a great school that has been getting a bad wrap over the past couple of years with the change of administration. The teachers are well-qualified and dedicated to the mission of the school. Every class that graduates is not only well-prepared for high school but they also feel like they are leaving a family behind. I love this school and remain committed to its mission and philosophy.

- submitted by a community member

April 07, 2009
Be very careful. GNA is not the same school it was. The current administration has undermined what was a wonderful school. The sense of family is withering. Children are disciplined through fear, not love. Faculty are treated badly by the principal. This has resulted in more than a one-third turnover. Those that remain are stressed and unhappy and it shows in the classroom. My children feel it. Priorities are misguided, with appearance more important than academic substance. The principal talks a very good game, so be very, very careful.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2008
GNA is not the same school since recent changes were made to the administration. The old GNA prepared the students for a college prep high school. I am not confident that the changes that have been made to the upper division will prepare my youngest for the college prep type of high school. I am in the process of reviewing other schools and will make a change in the next year.

- submitted by a parent

July 18, 2007
Upper Division is very strong group - my eldest was well prepared for academically rigorous high school. They have a new principal who is changing flavor of the school for the worse - not sure if my daughter will stay.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2006
We have 3 children at GNA and have been there 11 years. Obviously we like it, or we wouldn't stay! No place is perfect, but GNA does a great job with the kids. The respect and values are lived by every member of the school community. Our daughter graduated from GNA and is so well prepared for High School. We have a new principal this year and I believe she is top notch! The upper division teachers, particularly in math and science are excellent. Excellent foundation for high school and life!

- submitted by a parent

February 05, 2005
Class sizes tend to be larger than reported, and this can lead to discipline problems. I believe the student body is one of the least behaved among private schools. I also question the caliber of the faculty.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2004
When you walk your child into Grey Nun Acadmey, you get the feeling that you are part of a great big family. The teachers and staff know each and every child and parent that walks into the school. The sense of security you get when you walk away and leave you child at the school is priceless. The teachers work for the children. They keep the parents informed. If there is a problem (academic), the teachers are quick to work with the child and parent to resolve the problem and keep the child current with the rest of his/her classmates. The students are taught respect for not only the faculty and staff, but also for one another. This is evident even to new families that become involved with Grey Nun Acaemdy. Parents are welcomed to become involved with activities at the school from weekly lunches for the students, to a school craft fair, and even an auction. Like I stated at the beginning of this review, the school is one big nuturing family. I feel extremely fortunate to be able to send my children to this GNA.

- submitted by a community member

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Grey Nun Academy
1750 Quarry Road, Yardley, PA  19067
(215) 968-4151
Last modified Grey Nun Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
Grey Nun Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top