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.
- Request Information/Create Admission Portal Account
- 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
First time inquiring about GFS? If you would like more information about GFS, please complete an online inquiry form. This will establish your GFS Admission Portal account, which you can use throughout the application process.
Not sure if you have an account? Visit the portal login page and click the forgot your password link. Type in your email address to check and see if you already have an account. This process will prevent the creation of duplicate accounts. Also, you can access the GFS Admission Portal to track your application status at all times.
For the 2020-21 school year, families must submit the application by December 6, 2019, and all steps of the application process must be completed by January 6, 2020 to be considered for first-round review. Thereafter, applications are considered on a rolling basis as they become complete.
Once you have inquired and created your Admission Portal account, you will want to use this login page to gain access to a dynamic checklist. The portal checklist is an excellent tool to keep track of where you are in the admissions process. There is a $45 application fee.
If you are applying for a sibling or need to revisit an existing application, click here and use your username and password.
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 6, 2020.
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).
We recommend that students also complete the Character Skills Snapshot. We have always considered our applicants' character traits in addition to scores, grades, teacher recommendations and writing samples, and this additional optional half-hour 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.
- Families who have completed the application process by January 6, 2020 will be notified in writing of the admission decision by February 1, 2020. 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, 2020 have until March 1, 2020 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, 2020. This is the first payment of the tuition bill. All payment plans will be billed and administered by the FACTS Management Company.