Founded in 1963 by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Grey Nun Academy is the Catholic, independent coeducational elementary school in Bucks County, PA for children in grades PreK3 through Eighth grade.
The Academy offers an academically rich curriculum that meets the unique needs of individual students, respecting the rights, interests, and dignity of each child.
GNA welcomes children of all faiths and cultures. The school's educational process leads children to embrace and promote peace and social justice in our world.
ACCREDITATION AND MEMBERSHIP
Grey Nun Academy is a proud member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,800 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including more than 1,500 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.
NAIS empowers independent schools and the students they serve. The Academy's membership benefits include access to a vibrant community of educators and administrators for networking, idea sharing, and professional growth.
Middles States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS)
Grey Nun Academy is fully accredited by Middles States Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), which accredits early-childhood through post-secondary, non-degree granting public, private, faith-based educational institutions including special purpose schools, supplementary education centers, learning services providers, and distance education institutions.
The Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools are affiliated with the United States State Department’s Office of Overseas Schools and provide accreditation services to American and international style schools attended by members of the U.S. foreign service and U. S. citizens working for non-government agencies and multi-national corporations. The Commission on Secondary Schools is also recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a gatekeeper for eligibility for Title IV funding for post secondary non-degree granting institutions and distance education.
The Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools are founding members of the International Alliance of Accrediting Associations which includes the major regional, national, and international accrediting agencies.
An accredited MSA-CESS institution:
- Adheres to the Middle States Standards for Accreditation;
- Uses its mission, beliefs, and goals as the basis for daily decision-making;
- Operates in the public interest and in accordance with ethical practice;
- Accepts responsibility for the level of performance of its students;
- Remains committed to continuous improvement in student learning and to its capacity to produce the levels of learning desired and expected by its community;
- Operates in a collegial and collaborative way with all of its stakeholders;
- Sustains its focus on implementing recommendations, addressing monitoring issues and correcting stipulations that may be part of its notification of accreditation and fulfills its maintenance requirements to the Commissions.
Grey Nun Academy is dually accredited by AdvancED, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of PreK-12 schools and school systems to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.
Combining the knowledge and expertise of a research institute, the skills of a management consulting firm and the passion of a grassroots movement for educational change, AdvancED serves as a trusted partner to 32,000 schools and school systems—employing more than four million educators and enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 other nations.
The Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS)
Grey Nun Academy is a proud member of The Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS), a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to represent 130 highly acclaimed independent private schools in eastern Pennsylvania, southern New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland.
By representing a dynamic community of independent schools in the Greater Delaware Valley and beyond, ADVIS enriches and sustains schools through advocacy, thought leadership, professional development, and networking opportunities.