Grey Nun Academy

1750 Quarry Road, Yardley, PA 19067
(215) 968-4151

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-8 198 students 8 students/teacher (PA avg is 15)

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About this school

Grey Nun Academy is a private middle school in Lower Makefield. The principal of Grey Nun Academy is Marianne Finnegan, whose e-mail is 198 students go to Grey Nun Academy and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Multiracial. The student to teacher ratio at Grey Nun Academy is 8:1. Childrens Learning Center is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 91% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 5% %
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 0.6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Hispanic 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    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.

  • (7 months ago)

    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!

  • (8 months ago)

    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.

  • (9 months ago)

    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.

  • (10 months ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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 .

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (1 year ago)

    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

  • (1 year ago)

    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.

  • (2 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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!

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

  • (3 years ago)

    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!

  • (3 years ago)

    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.

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