We are so glad you are considering GPS for your daughter, and we are here to help and guide you through the admission process.
Below are the steps for the admission process. And, don’t worry! We will send you regular communications, instructions for the various steps, and reminders about important dates and deadlines.

How To Apply

List of 9 items.

  • Step 1: Inquiry Form

    Complete our online Inquiry Form to have your information added to our database. Once we receive your inquiry form, you will begin to receive correspondence from GPS.
  • Step 2: Application

    The admission application is completed and submitted electronically through a family’s account in the admission platform of our online community, MyGPS.

    • The application opens on September 1, and the deadline is January 31, 2021.
    • We will send you a separate link to create your MyGPS account and begin the application when the application opens.
  • Step 3: Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)

    All candidates are required to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) and must register for the test.

    • The SSAT will be administered at GPS on three separate dates to be announced.
    • Please register for the test at SSAT.org.
    • When completing your registration, you will be asked if you have been provided with an access code by a member school. Please select 'no' to move forward. The access code is different from the school code and not needed for your registration. 
    • Our SSAT test center number and school code is 3425. 
    • If an applicant is taking the SSAT at a different site but would like for GPS to receive her scores, please indicate that when registering with SSAT.
  • Step 4: Parent Conversation & Tour

    A Parent Conversation provides you the opportunity to meet one-on-one with an admission counselor or Division Head or representative. This is the perfect way for us to learn more from you about your daughter and what you are hoping to find in a new school for her as well as answer any questions you might have.

    • Virtual Parent Conversation
    • On-Campus Parent Conversation & Tour: If you join us for an on-campus parent conversation, you will also have the opportunity to take a tour with a GPS Student Ambassador.
    • An application must be completed prior to the Parent Conversation.
    • Once you have submitted your application, we will send you instructions on how to schedule your Parent Conversation.
  • Step 5: Student Visit Day

    We require all students interested in GPS to spend a day visiting our school hosted by a current student. This will allow your daughter the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a GPS girl!

    • Virtual Student Visit Day
    • On-Campus Student Visit Day
  • Step 6: Teacher Recommendations

    Candidates are required to submit teacher recommendation forms from their current math and English teachers.

    • Complete the electronic request for your daughter’s teachers to complete these forms through your MyGPS account.
    • These forms are made available in your MyGPS account at the end of the fall semester and will be due January 31, 2021.
  • Step 7: School Transcript & Student Records

    Candidates are required to submit their 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.

    • Complete the electronic request for your daughter’s school to submit her records through your MyGPS account.
    • These forms are made available in your MyGPS account at the end of the fall semester and will be due January 31, 2021.
  • Admission Events, strongly encouraged

    While not required steps in the admission process, our admission events offer more opportunities for you and your daughter to experience GPS and engage with our students, faculty, staff, and parents. Spending time on campus or virtually with our community is the best way to determine if GPS is the best fit for your daughter and family.
  • Financial Aid Application, if applicable

    The financial aid application opens October 1. Visit GPS.edu/FinancialAid for detailed information on the Financial Aid application process and required components. The deadline for the financial aid application is December 31, but be sure to also review the deadlines for supporting documents.

Admission Application Timeline + Deadlines

September 1, 2020
Application for 2021-22 School Year Opens

January 15, 2021
Deadline for Admission Application, Teacher Recommendations, and School Records

March 6, 2021
Admission Decisions Announced

March 15, 2021
Enrollment Decisions Due
 
*Candidates who complete the admission application process by January 31 will be reviewed for the admission decisions announced in early March. Candidates who apply or complete the process after January 31 will be considered as space permits.

Helpful Links

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 7 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. Will the admission office remain open while campus is closed?

    Yes—our admission team is working remotely while campus is closed. You can reach us at admission@gps.edu, and a member of our team will reach out!
  • Q. While campus is closed, how can I explore GPS?

    Check out our Virtual Campus Tour. You can keep up with GPS by following our social media accounts on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. In addition, learn more about life at GPS by visiting our YouTube page.
  • Q. How will the school closure affect campus visits?

    Our admission team is working to offer virtual events including webinars and visit opportunities. All events and visit opportunities will be listed at GPS.edu/Visit when available.
  • Q. Does GPS offer Financial Aid?

    Yes. Each year, GPS awards over $2.5 million in need-based grants to nearly 40% of girls and their families.

    GPS partners with School and Student Services (SSS), a program of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), in its financial aid process. SSS is used by many K-12 independent schools to help determine a family's ability to pay school costs. Using SSS in the financial aid application process helps to ensure that schools employ equitable methods and objective baselines when evaluating a family's financial aid application. The financial aid committee uses the SSS recommendation from the required Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) and supporting documents as a starting point to assist in making a determination of each family’s need-based qualification. We also consider school policies and the limited amount of financial aid available for the coming school year.

    Learn more about our financial aid process and how to apply.

  • Q. Does GPS offer scholarships?

    No, GPS offers need-based financial aid.
  • Q. When are admission decisions announced?

    Candidates who have completed the admission process by the January 31 deadline will be reviewed by the admissions committee and admission decisions will be announced March 6. Accepted students are asked to either accept or decline the offer within two weeks of the admission decisions. Enrolling families should submit the enrollment contract and required deposit by March 15.

    *Candidates who apply or complete the process after January 31 will be considered as space permits.
  • Q. What is the tuition for GPS?

    Tuition at Girls Preparatory School for the 2020-21 school year is $26,247 for Middle School and $26,975 for Upper School, which includes lunch. Expenses not covered by tuition include uniforms, books, technology devices, and other incidentals. Click here to review the Cost to Attend document for an overview and estimate of the charges not included in the tuition.