Girls Preparatory School, one of the largest secondary girls' day schools in the United States, enrolls nearly 600 college-bound students in grades 6-12. Generations of our accomplished alumnae are evidence that single-sex education works. The roster of GPS graduates who have gone on to make a difference in the world includes women in every field and every walk of life.
On a campus where a quality education is prized, GPS faculty members demonstrate an understanding of how girls learn and succeed. There is among the GPS faculty a special spirit of camaraderie, helpfulness, and going beyond what is expected. They know that an atmosphere of high expectations in a nurturing, supportive environment leads to competent and confident students. They know that collaborative activities often work better in all-girls' classrooms. They know that classrooms should be places where many student voices are heard and respected.
Students at Girls Preparatory School learn to speak for themselves in the classroom, speak for others as community volunteers, and speak for the values that they possess. Their leadership qualities are strengthened by membership in student clubs or activities or on an athletic team. In all settings, GPS girls are challenged to use their voices in constructive, individualized ways as they become mentors, activists, and ethical leaders. At GPS, learning takes center stage, and the girls’ accomplishments are what matter. Female mentors abound, whether faculty or fellow classmates. And those are the keys to real achievement: positive role models, abundant opportunities, personal practice, and preparation for life.
Resources include a superior fine arts department, 14 interscholastic sports, and over 60 student organizations. The school's wireless student-owned laptop program was the first of its kind in Tennessee's secondary schools. Today, students are beginning to use iPads as content delivery tools, replacing the textbooks in many classrooms. The character education program has received national recognition, and a coordinate program with the McCallie School provides coeducational extracurricular activities.
GPS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and holds membership in the National Association of Independent Schools, the Online School for Girls, and the National Coalition of Girls' Schools.