Upper School (9-12)
We welcome you to the Upper School Admissions process, and we appreciate your interest in GFS. We are here to help you through the process and happy to answer any questions you may have.
- Parent Interview (and Tour)
- Student Visit(s) to GFS
- Confidential Teacher Recommendations
- Admissions Testing
- Submit Transcript and School Records
- Writing Sample
- Decision and Enrollment Timeline
Families must submit the application by December 8, 2017, and all steps of the application process must be completed by January 8, 2018 to be considered for first-round review. Once the application is submitted, we will assist in completion of the applicant’s with other required components.
If you prefer to track your application process online (and conserve resources), please apply online. You will be asked to set up a username and password, which will allow you to complete, edit, and review your application before electronically submitting it to us.
In order to complete a paper application, you may download, complete, and submit a printable copy of our application, along with the requested fee. Or you can request that we send you a paper application in the mail.
After you have submitted your application, please call the Admissions Office to arrange your interview. The parent interview is a chance for you to find out more about GFS and for us to find out about your child. The interview includes a tour of our campus. We ask both parents to come together when possible.
Please contact the Admissions Office at 215-951-2345 to schedule a visit day as soon as you apply because visit days fill up quickly. Student visit days begin in October. All student visits begin at 8 a.m. in the Admissions Office. Applicants to grades 7-12 must complete a short pre-visit form prior to their visit day.
Applicants are hosted by a GFS student for a full day. Applicants to 9th grade visit for a full day in the 9th grade. Applicants to grades 10 and 11 visit for a full day in their current grade. They attend classes and are encouraged to participate in activities. Visitors should wear comfortable clothes and sneakers. We will provide a lunch ticket for use in our cafeteria. The day is concluded with a brief and informal interview with one of our admissions directors.
Students who are admitted to GFS are invited to revisit in February. Applicants to 9th grade can revisit in the 8th grade to meet their prospective classmates. Applicants to the 10th and 11th grades can revisit to the grade they are applying for, so they can get a sense of what the next year would be like.
Please give the recommendation forms directly to your child’s current academic teacher(s) and request that they are returned directly to GFS before January 8, 2018.
Applicants to grades 6-12 must submit two recommendations from the student’s current primary academic subject teachers; one recommendation must be from the student’s current math teacher.
Upper School applicants must take the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) or the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam).
New this year, we are recommending you also complete the Character Skills Snapshot. We've always considered our applicants' character traits in addition to scores, grades, teacher recommendations and writing samples, and this additional optional half-hour Character Skills Snapshot will help us get to know each applicant even more fully as a possible match for GFS.
*Note: There is no additional charge to take the Snapshot once you register for an SSAT. Students planning to take the ISEE who wish to complete the Character Skills Snapshot should contact the GFS Admissions Office in order to gain log-in and access to it. There is a $25 fee for ISEE test takers, however, fee waivers are available for those in need.
Test results are to be sent directly to GFS. To prevent delays, please be sure to list GFS as a score recipient when you register for testing.
The Transcript Release Form should be completed by the parent/guardian and returned to the applicant's current school. The student's official transcript must include Fall 2017 grades. Please have the school send the records directly to GFS before January 8, 2018.
- Families who have completed the application process by January 8, 2018 will be notified in writing of the admission decision by February 1, 2018. Thereafter, applications are considered on a rolling basis as they become complete.
- By common agreement among most area independent schools, families whose children are accepted by February 1, 2018 have until March 1, 2018 to accept or decline the offer of admission.
- To enroll your child you must return the Enrollment Agreement with a non-refundable deposit of $750.00 per child by March 1, 2018. This is the first payment of the tuition bill. All payment plans will be billed and administered by the FACTS Management Company.