Our School

It is during the middle and high school years—the developmental stage of adolescence—that a girl benefits most from attending a school for girls. She can flourish in an environment where teachers, mentors and peers accept her, support her, and encourage her; she is free to be herself and free to try new things. She more easily resists the limitations that both she and society may place on her, and she can identify the negative stereotypes prevalent in popular culture and rise above them.
 
At GPS, we understand girls—how they develop and learn—and use that knowledge and experience to create a program and culture that are intentionally and purposefully designed for what girls need in order to thrive.
 
The foundation of our school is an academic program that equips girls with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in college, but our mission reaches far beyond the classroom. At GPS, we support each girl in becoming her best and most fully realized self by educating and inspiring her heart as much as her mind.

Mission Statement

Girls Preparatory School inspires each girl to lead a life of integrity and purpose by engaging her mind, cultivating her strengths, and nurturing her self-confidence and respect for others.
Adopted June 2016

Values

In partnership with parents, Girls Preparatory School pledges to integrate these values,
not only in our policies but also in our daily lives.
Adopted January 2017

Vision

GPS strives to stand among the nation’s leading schools and is driven to educate and prepare our girls to be a strong force in the global community and to be recognized as models of active and ethical citizenship. 
Adopted May 2008

Statement on Faith

Founded in 1906 on Christian principles, GPS embraces individuals of all faiths and encourages
spiritual awareness and growth as an integral part of the GPS experience.
Adopted May 2015
GPS's Founders established a school rooted in the Christian tradition, and we remain true to that heritage by cultivating in our girls the values of honor, integrity and service. We believe that the development of faith and spiritual growth are vitally important in educating the whole girl—mind, body, and spirit.
 
The environment at GPS invites curiosity, encourages discovery, and celebrates diversity. Because we want our students to be leaders within a global community, it is important that they be self-confident young women with engaged minds as well as stimulated spirits. Therefore, we encourage and expect our girls to use their voices to articulate their own belief systems and to ask questions about the beliefs of others. We believe that inquiry not only gives a girl a greater understanding of the religious convictions of others but also strengthens her own faith.
 
Our students come from homes that express spirituality and faith in many ways, and we respect each family's religious traditions. We recognize that the development of a young woman's faith is critically connected to her family and faith community. Our faculty and staff support each girl in developing her own spiritual awareness within the context of a college preparatory academic program.

Diversity Statement

GPS welcomes a diverse community and values the dignity, individuality,
and unique experiences and talents of each of its members. 
Adopted November 2020
We strive to be a safe place where each girl feels she belongs and where all girls have access to the opportunities and support they need to succeed.  We seek to identify and eliminate biases and stereotypes, and we aspire to celebrate differences and foster a culture of mutual respect.

By embracing a rich variety of experiences and perspectives, we expand our capacity for learning, enrich the quality and texture of school life, and better prepare our students for life and leadership in a pluralistic society.

Our programs and approaches will continue to evolve as we engage in ongoing self-reflection and dialogue with all members of our community.

Our Strategic Plan

Through our strategic plan, we will recommit to the original purpose of our Founders: to make Girls Preparatory School a place where everything—our teaching methods, our programs, our culture, and our priorities—begins and ends with what is best for our girls.

Strategic Priorities

List of 3 items.

  • Looking In

    Looking In

    GPS will evaluate and redesign our curriculum, programs, and facilities to meet the needs of 21st Century girls.
  • Reaching Out

    Reaching Out

    GPS will expand opportunities to share our knowledge of girls and girls’ education and will form strategic partnerships to build our capacity to serve girls.
  • Lifting Up

    Lifting Up

    GPS will cultivate our talent and resources to ensure the continued success of the institution, its students, graduates, faculty, and staff.
Learn about our 2017-2022 Strategic Plan through the resources below.

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Booklet

Presentation