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Steps in the Admission Process

Click on the drop-downs below for detailed information on each step of the admission process. We are here to help you at any point in the process. Email or call us at 423.634.7644.


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  • + Step 1 | Tour GPS

    The best way to get a feel for GPS is to see it in action! Engage in a guided and personalized tour of campus where you can see the environment for yourself and ask questions. Click here to schedule your tour today! Your daughter is welcome to join.
  • + Step 2 | Register for a Student Visit Day

    Bring your girl to campus so she can experience a day in the life of a GPS student! She will meet new friends and get to know our teachers while enjoying fun activities. 

    For Middle School Student Visit Days click here to register.
     
    For Upper School Student Visit Days click here to register.
  • + Step 3 | Attend an Admission Event

    We offer a comprehensive event schedule that features both on-campus and virtual events to help you gain a better understanding of GPS and the unique way the curriculum is designed to help girls thrive. Visit our events page to view and register for upcoming events.
  • + Step 4 | Complete the Admission Application

    The GPS Admission Application for the 2022-23 school year will be available on our parent portal, MyGPS beginning September 1.
     
    All applicants applying for the 2022-23 academic year will need a MyGPS account to complete the application. To open a MyGPS account and access the Admission Application, please follow these instructions:
    • If you are new to the GPS admission process, click here to create your MyGPS account and begin the admission application. After two business days, you will also have access to the Admission Checklist in your MyGPS portal—a tool that will help you keep up with the different steps of the application process and their deadlines.
    • If you are a current GPS family, alum, faculty member, or past applicant, you do not need to create a new account. Simply log in with your current username and password and click on your applicant's name in the upper left corner to get started. To complete the Admission Application, click on “Fill out” next to the application step on the Admission Checklist, to begin.
    The admission application is due January 18, 2022.
  • + Step 5 | Schedule a Parent Conversation

    Meet one-on-one with a Division Head or admission counselor to discuss your daughter’s educational goals. We’d love to get a glimpse into her interests and passions too! During this conversation, we are happy to answer any questions you have about our curriculum, programs, and school community. This year, we are offering Parent Conversations both in-person and via Zoom—choose what suits you best!
    *A Parent Conversation is required for both Middle and Upper School applicants. 
    **A completed application is required to schedule your Parent Conversation.
  • + Step 6 | Schedule the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)

    Students will be able to register for the test dates beginning on August 1, 2021.

    The SSAT is a standardized test with verbal, math, and reading components. It allows our Admission Team to assess prospective student applicants equally while also helping students ensure they will be successful in their educational pursuits at GPS. 

    We invite your daughter to join us for the on-campus SSAT:
    Saturday, November 6, 2021 | Register here.
    Monday, January 3, 2022 | Register here.
        
    When registering, please indicate that you would like to share your daughter’s scores with GPS—our school code is 3425.

    If your daughter in unavailable to make it to our on-campus testing dates, other SSAT options include:

    • Prometric Test Center – Prospective students can take a computer-based version of the SSAT at any Prometric Test Center location nationwide. For more information on testing at a Prometric Test Center, click here.
    Please note, these options should be reserved for those who feel confident taking the test virtually. While many aspects of the computer-based test are similar to those of paper-based testing, there are some differences.

    Visit our SSAT Frequently Asked Questions and Resources page for more information.
  • + Step 7 | Submit Teacher Recommendation Requests

    Candidates are required to submit teacher recommendations from their current math and English teachers. Recommendation forms will be available to send beginning November 15, and recommendations are due January 18. This process is handled electronically through your MyGPS account.
  • + Step 8 | Submit Transcript and School Records Request

    Candidates are required to submit school records from their current school. School records include: official transcript including current and previous grades, records of standardized testing, records of attendance, and any disciplinary records, if applicable. Records requests will be available to send beginning November 15, and records are due January 18. This process is handled electronically through your MyGPS account.
  • + Step 9 | Complete the Financial Aid Application*

    *if applicable
    The financial aid application opens on October 1 and is due on January 18 for new families. We encourage families to begin this process as early as possible, in case questions should arise. Visit GPS.edu/FinancialAid for detailed information on the application process and required components.

Admission Application Timeline + Deadlines

September 1
Admission application opens

October 1
Financial Aid application opens

January 18
Application due; Financial Aid application due (if applicable)

March 5
Admission decisions announced

March 14
Enrollment contracts and deposits due

April-August
Rolling admissions where space is available


Admission Criteria

Through the admission process, we want to consider all aspects of what makes a girl special and unique. When reviewing submitted applications, our Admission Committee evaluates all components of each girl’s career as a student and her interests outside of school. We review SSAT scores, current school transcripts, teacher recommendations, in addition to considering her extracurricular activities, accomplishments, interests, and what we have learned about her through her admission application and our interactions with her during admission events. 

In making admission decisions, our goal is to form a class of girls with a broad range of talents, interests, personalities, and backgrounds. Space is limited and we may not be able to accept all applicants. Some students may be added to our waitlist. In other situations, students may be denied admission at that time but encouraged to apply again the following year. Each applicant is carefully considered.

Enrollment decisions will be announced on March 5, 2022 for applications submitted by January 18, 2022. 

If you need assistance at any step in this process, please contact us by emailing Admission@GPS.edu or by calling 423.634.7644.