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The Grier School

Birmingham,
The Grier School

The Grier School is an all-girls boarding school for grades 7-12, located in Central Pennsylvania. Grier offers a well-rounded education in academics, the arts, and athletics with Advanced Placement programs, Elite Scholars classes, and a complete TOEFL/SAT program. Currently, the school enrolls 307 students from 30 states of the USA and 16 foreign countries. 264 are full-time boarding students and 43 are day students. 85% of Grier's students reside beyond a 100 mile radius of the school, so numerous activities are organized each weekend to make it truly a full-time boarding school experience. Grier provides students with a valuable education in a beautiful and safe environment.

Grier is a private school, operated as a non-profit foundation under the direction of a board of trustees. This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. The school is located 2 1/2 miles SOUTH of Tyrone, Pennsylvania, off of Route 453. Click here for directions.

In 1853, fifty-six years after the establishment of the Borough of Birmingham, a girls’ school, The Mountain Female Seminary, was created. While the original school closed its doors only a few years later, Lemuel and Sarah Grier reopened it in 1857. Having taught at a co-ed school previously, Lemuel and Sarah were convinced that single-sex education was a better idea. Their good friend, Nancy Jane Davis, accompanied them to help open the new school.

In 1861, two seniors comprised the first graduating class. In 1869, the Grier family moved into Shelter Oak – a home built for them on campus. By 1870, enrollment had grown to 45 boarding students. Although the “Seminary” had always been known as a school for girls, a dozen male students enrolled during the years 1870-1881. Personal comfort and convenience were greatly enhanced in 1874 when gas lamps and steam heat were installed. By 1880 phone service was available! In 1883 Art Hall and Gate House were built. After the death of his father, Alvan Grier assumed management in 1888.

Course Offered

  • Art History
  • Art Portfolio
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Microeconomics
  • Statistics
  • US History
  • Calculus A/B
  • Calculus B/C
  • English
  • Environmental
  • Science
  • European History
  • French
  • Macroeconomics
  • Physics
  • Physics C
  • Spanish
  • World History
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