If you have any difficulty, or wish to speak with someone in the admission office, please call the following admission directors based on your child’s division:
- Kim McElderry - Lower School (Grades PreK - 4) - 203.256.7585
- Sherry Rago - Middle School (Grades 5 - 8) - 203.256.7518
- Ann Miller - Upper School - (Grades 9 - 12) 203.256.7525
- Peggy Harwood - Upper School - (Grades 9-12) 203.256.7514
Families applying to lower school do not bring their child for the initial interview and tour. We will meet your child at a later date. Families applying to the Middle and Upper School should plan to bring their child and at least one parent. Typically the interview and tour lasts for 90 minutes. Due to our enhance security, adults should plan to bring a photo ID with them.
What your visit will entail
Your visit will begin with a campus tour. For middle and upper school applicants, your tour will be led by a GFA student ambassador. Following the tour, you will meet with an admission staff member. We will meet with the student first for about 20 minutes, and then meet with the parents. The interview is designed to make your child as comfortable as possible so that they can share information about themselves, but also learn about all GFA has to offer. Parents are often surprised when they learn that their child had a lot to say in the interview. But if not, that’s OK, too. We have lots of experience meeting with all kinds of students, and our goal is to simply meet them on their level and learn as much as we can.
Regarding dress, many families visit during the school day, and so they arrive in their school uniform. That is just fine. On the other hand, some students want to follow the GFA dress code. In that case our dress code includes solid colored pants or skirt, collared shirt, appropriate long shorts until the end of October, and sneakers or flats. If you want more examples, follow us online to see examples of our students during the school day. We hope this helps.
WHERE TO PARK
We have set aside parking spaces at the front of the faculty/staff parking lot. Please pull to the front of that lot and you will see spots on the left marked “Admission Parking.” From the parking lot, enter through the stone wall entrance and walk through the cobblestone courtyard to the main reception area.
SCHEDULE A class visit day:
In addition, you may schedule a time for a Middle School Class Visit Day or an Upper School Class Visit. Class Visit Days should be scheduled for a day that is after the interview and cannot be on the same day as the interview. Also, the biographical portion of the application should be completed prior to the Class Visit Day. Upper School Class Visit Days are scheduled for:
Wednesday, December 5, 8:45am-11:30am
Friday, December 14, 7:45am-12pm
Wednesday, January 9, 7:45am-11:15am