Welcome to GFA!
- What is the dress code?
- When is the first day of school?
- What time does the school day start and end?
- How can/will my child get to school?
- How will I sign up for classes?
- Are there forms to complete before school starts?
- Do kids go on retreats/trips before school starts?
- May my child purchase food during the day?
- Should Upper School students participate in pre-seasons sports?
- Who should I call for more information?
That is the No. 1 question for new families. A detailed explanation can be found in The Source, a GFA handbook you will receive this fall. Rather than list all the items of the dress code here, the philosophy is that children will dress ready for the work of the day, and feel comfortable and able to engage in all school activities. There are some differences between divisions which are outlined in The Source (available in the Parent Portal with school-provided login).
The Dragon Shop, GFA’s school store, is open daily from 11:00 AM until 1:30 PM. You can buy GFA gear, as well as school uniforms.
- Upper and Middle School First Day: Tuesday, Sept. 3 -- Upper School Orientation: Monday, August 26th to Thursday, August 28th
- Lower School Orientation (all grades); Tuesday, Sept. 3
- Lower School First Day: Wednesday, Sept. 4
Upper School students should plan to participate in pre-season sports beginning Aug. 19. All new students will have an orientation program the week before school begins. Information will be communicated regarding those activities. In the meantime, please find all the important dates for the school year here.
The GFA school day begins at 8:00 AM for all students, except on Thursdays, when school starts at 8:55 a.m. More information about the philosophy behind GFA’s schedule can be found here. Specific grade-level schedules are available on the Parent Portal (login required).
The school day ends at different times for different divisions. Upper School classes end at 3:00 PM, however, students are generally involved in after-school sports; Middle School students are generally released at 3:35 PM, and Lower School students are dismissed at 2:40 PM.
The Lower School also offers both After Care until 5:30 PM, and Lower School Clubs, which run until 3:35 PM. Both After Care and LS Clubs are fee-based. More information is available here.
Parents of course may drive their students to school (designated times and areas for each division will be communicated by your division). More than 200 students take the Metro-North train to the Greens Farms station, which is about 1,000 feet from the school. Our students are well-known to the Metro-North personnel and this is a very safe (and popular) way to get to school. Juniors and seniors may drive their own cars. Van and community stop bus transportation is also available on a limited basis. More information is available here.
Middle and Upper School students should plan to come to campus for placement testing in math and world languages (Grades 6–12 for math, 7–12 for world languages). The dates for these test sessions are Thursday, April 25, from 4:00–6:00 PM, or Saturday, May 4, from 9:00–11:00 AM. Stay tuned for sign-up information about those tests. The purpose of placement tests is to simply see if you have ended at the same place as our classes end, so that you are in the correct level next fall. There is no need to study for placement tests!
Once you have completed those tests, you will sign up for a meeting with Drew Meyer, Head of Middle School, or Andrew Jones, Head of Upper School, to talk about classes for the following year.
GFA employs Flik Food Services to provide snacks before and after school, and a full lunch service. Our lunch meal service is included in the tuition. Lower School students eat together with a faculty member at assigned tables, and meals are served family-style. Fourth graders have the privilege of going through the cafeteria line.
Middle and Upper School students eat by division and go through the cafeteria line and sit at tables of their choice. Lunch is included in the tuition cost.
Snacks purchased before and after school may be paid through the student’s Flik account — information will be available to you on the Parent Portal.
Yes. If your child is new to GFA Upper School, there is no better way to make a group of friends before school than to sign up for pre-season. Athletes of all abilities are invited to participate in volleyball (girls), cross country (co-ed), soccer (boys and girls), field hockey (girls). Students interested in the fall musical should plan to try out during the second week of pre-season.
Stay tuned for many more details, including some orientation activities held during pre-season.
Kim McElderry, 203-256-7585
Aléwa Cooper, 203-256-7562
Sherry Rago, 203-256-7518
Drew Meyer, 203-256-7569
Ann Miller, 203-256-7525
Andrew Jones, 203-256-7570
Tauni Butterfield, 203-256-7517
Jen Harris, 203-349-7103
Kathleen Raby, 203-256-7535
MyBackpack/parent portal Login Help:
Gregory Schatz, 203-256-7580