The GPCS admission process outlined below is designed to help us learn more about your student and for you to learn more about our school. Please contact us at any point during this process with any questions you may have.
Visit. At this time we are not scheduling public open houses or student shadow days for safety reasons, as visitors are not admitted into classrooms. However, families are able to tour and view classes from the hallway when they come for a scheduled screening and interview.
Apply. Complete the Online Application and the required supplemental application materials (located toward the bottom of the page with the online application). If you are unable to access the online application, you may download and complete the application forms. Submit the application along with the application fee of $25/student, which can be paid in the online paplication or by check (made out to GPCS) mailed or delivered to the Main Office. This fee is nonrefundable unless the school declines to enroll the applicant.
Screening. After the application materials and $25 New Student Application Fee have been received by GPCS, the school will contact you to schedule the student screening in order to ensure the right fit for your student, both academically and socially. All applicants for Kindergarten are given a screening test to ensure readiness for our program, and the results are reviewed with the parents. Students entering grades 1 – 12 undergo academic screening to help determine if a student can be successful at the grade level for which they have applied.
Interview. The parent/guardian interview with the Head of School ordinarily takes place while their students are going through the academic screening. Attendance by all custodial parents is preferred and strongly encouraged. This is an opportunity for us to get to know you and your student while you learn about our philosophical, spiritual, and academic standards. This also provides you an opportunity to ask any questions you may have about our school.
Acceptance. The admission committee reviews the application materials, the screening data, and the interview results and then makes admission decisions based on family and student compatibility with the GPCS mission, program, policies, and resources. Parents will be notified at the earliest possible time about the committee’s decision. An “offer of enrollment” is made by the school to the parents and must be accepted within seven (7) days in order for admission to become finalized (see “Step 6” below).
Waiting Pool: When more students apply for a grade than there are openings at that grade level, applicants will be placed in a waiting pool with no respect to the order in which the applications have been received. The admission committee will review all the applications, screening data, and interview results received during a specific period and then offer enrollment to the student(s) it believes to be the best fit with GPCS’s purpose and program. Once the maximum number has been enrolled for a class, parents of any additional applicants may be offered a place in a waiting pool for that class. If an opening becomes available, then the admission committee repeats the review process (without additional interviews or screenings) and offers enrollment to the student(s) it believes would be the best fit with the school’s program.
Parental Response. Parents accept the “offer of enrollment” by paying the nonrefundable New Student Registration Fee of $150 per student along with the supplemental application materials (Family Agreement, Tuition Contract, School Records Request, Character Reference, Educator Recommendation, and Student Essay) within seven (7) days of the offer in order to reserve their child’s place. If parents either explicitly decline the enrollment offer, or decline by not submitting the required fee and forms within seven (7) days of the offer, then their student’s place may be offered to another student.
Tuition Assistance: Financial assistance application instructions are in the Tuition & Fees Agreement form. The GPCS Business Office communicates tuition assistance decisions; this process is separate from admission decisions.