Begin Your Journey
The Admission Office at GFA looks forward to getting to know you and your family and will do everything we can to guide you through the admission process. Here's a breakdown of the application process and requirements, step by step. Should you need assistance or have any questions, please contact us.
GFA welcomes all families to our campus. Spending time at GFA will enlighten you about our rigorous academic program as well as our extensive extracurricular offerings. Come visit and learn more about life at GFA.
During this preliminary visit, we invite the parents only (either one or both) to visit with Kim McElderry, the Director of Lower School Admission. Kim will meet with you to learn about your child and tell you about the school. Following the meeting, she will show you around not only the Lower School but the other parts of the campus as well.
The interview and tour occur on the same day. During the interview, a member of the Admission team will meet first with the applicant and then with the parent(s). The goal of this meeting is to both learn about the student, and also to tell you about GFA. Typically this meeting lasts around 45 minutes. Following the interviews, a current GFA Upper School student will lead you on a campus tour. You should plan to allow for 90 minutes for this visit.
In the case of bad weather, please check the GFA website. If the school is closed, we will not host visits that day. Please call 203-256-7514 to reschedule the interview. Many students are most comfortable wearing clothes that match the GFA dress code which includes a collared shirt and solid-colored pants or skirt. Many families attend the Open House prior to the interview. We encourage families to participate in the tour again during the interview visit so that they will see the school in session.
Submit Application for Admission to begin the admission process. The non-refundable $75 application fee may be paid via credit card or e-check. The fee is waived for financial aid applicants. Once the student's application has been processed, all required documents will be made available through your account on the GFA website. You will be able to track the status of your application on line. If you applied to GFA for the 2017-18 academic year, and wish to reactivate your file, you do not need to pay the application fee again.
September 1 is the cut-off date for a Lower School applicant's date of birth (Pre-K - Grade 4). For example, applicants to Pre-K must be age 4 by September 1 of the year of entrance. This is a firm policy.
Please Note: When you create a new user account, you will see a confirmation pop-up AND you will receive an email. You must click on the link in the email in order to activate the account for the first time.
The following are sample supplemental forms for your review. The official required forms must be accessed and completed online once you create an account. The below are for reference only. Please do not submit these sample forms to GFA.
Graded Writing Sample
Candidates for Grades 5-8 must submit an English or History writing sample from the current school year (the writing sample does not need to be graded). Candidates for Grades 9-12 must submit a teacher-graded English or History paper. Writing samples should be uploaded to your account.
Teacher Recommendation Forms
After November 1, email the Teacher Recommendation forms to the student's teacher(s). Instructions are available once you have set-up an account. Applicants for Grade Six may have the same teacher for both Math and English. This teacher should complete both forms. If the applicant is attending a school where teachers are not permitted to complete Recommendation Forms, at least one Extracurricular Recommendation Form must be submitted.
Transcript and Transcript Release Form
After November 1, email the signed Transcript Release Form to the appropriate school administrator. This authorizes the school to send GFA an official transcript, copies of current grades, comments and any standardized test scores. Current fall grades and comments should be submitted when available.
A 45-minute developmental assessment administered one-on-one during the school day in November - January. Both the Application for Admission and the Parent Interview must be completed prior to the assessment. The appointment can be scheduled using PickATime.
Assessment and visit on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 9-11am is required. Snow date: January 27, 2018 from 9-11am.
ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam) is required and can be taken at GFA December 9, 2017 or January 6, 2018. All ISEE test results must be received by January 12, 2018. Register at www.iseetest.org. The SSAT will be accepted in lieu of the ISEE test for Grades 8-12.
GFA ISEE Code: 070915
GFA SSAT Code: 3556
Refer to the GFA website for school delay/closing information.
PreK Play Day takes place the morning of Tuesday, January 9, Wednesday, January 10 and Thursday, January 11 (snow date Friday, January 12) from 10:15AM-11:15AM. The Admission Office will contact you by email a few weeks prior to the event with your child's visit day. Your child will meet in a classroom with teachers and a small group of candidates. Parents will be invited to stay on campus for the hour long visit.
Kindergarten Play Day takes place the morning of Saturday, February 3 (snow date Saturday, February 10). The Admission Office will contact you by email a few weeks prior to the event with your child's visit time. Your child will meet in a classroom with teachers and a small group of candidates. Parents will be invited to stay on campus for the hour long visit.
Entering Grades 1-4
Applicants applying to Grades 1-4 are required to attend the Grades 1-4 Visit Morning on Saturday, January 20 (snow date Saturday, January 27). The morning will run from 9AM-11AM and will consist of a classroom visit and assessment. The applicants will be in a classroom with other candidates applying to their grade level and will be working with our classroom teachers. The assessments include work in language arts and math concepts. The applicants will also take part in a morning meeting and group activities during their visit.
Entering Grades 5-8
Classroom visits give students the opportunity to experience GFA first-hand and are required for applicants entering Grades 5-8. Both the Application for Admission and the Student Interview must be completed prior to the applicant's student visit ("Shadow Day") and can be scheduled using PickATime. Student visits begin November 6, 2017 and end January 19, 2018. You are encouraged to schedule a student visit early in the process as the calendar fills up quickly. Visitors should arrive at 8:15AM and be picked up at 12:00PM. Visitors that are applying to Grade 5 should bring a nut free snack.
Entering Grades 9-11
Student visits, which are optional (but strongly encouraged) for Upper School candidates, occur between November-January and can be scheduled using PickATime. Visit Days are scheduled for the mornings (8:00AM-11:10AM) of November 10, 2017 and December 8, 2017 and the afternoons (12:25PM-3:05PM) of
October 26, 2017, December 4, 2017 and January 8, 2018. The Application for Admission must be completed prior to the applicant's student visit ("Shadow Day") and are limited to 15 students per day.
What Should I Bring?
Visitors (Grades 5-11) should dress comfortably. Many choose to wear clothing similar to the GFA dress code (collared shirt and solid-colored pants or skirt). Visitors should bring a book and visitors that are applying to Grade 5 should bring a nut free snack.
Refer to the GFA website for school delay/closing information. If there is a delay, arrive when school is scheduled to open. If the school is closed, call the Admission Office, (203) 256-7514, to reschedule your appointment.