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LOWER SCHOOL (K-5)

We welcome you to the Lower School admissions process, and we appreciate your interest in GFS for your child.

An important note on 2023-24 Kindergarten Applications: 
Due to an unusually large 2022-23 Pre-K class, we will hold an early first round review of Kindergarten applications for 2023-24 for applicant children of current GFS families, alumni, faculty and staff. These families are invited to inquire now. We will open the process to all other families at the end of November for a second round of application review if space remains.

Meet members of our community and hear about the unique educational experiences at GFS by exploring our Admissions event recordings. For questions, please contact us at admissions@germantownfriends.org or 215-951-2345.

Teacher Alison with 5th Graders

The first step in the application process is to create an online inquiry and an Admissions account below. As you move through the application, we will help you complete the different checklist items within the process. We are currently conducting remote parent interviews via video chat. Once you have completed the Demographic Info, Parent Questionnaire and submitted the $45 application fee, we will reach out via email to schedule your virtual parent interview. 

Please Note: At GFS, students ages 5 and older are required to complete the COVID-19 vaccination. It is likely that GFS will extend the vaccine requirement to students 4 and under in the future. Exemptions from the vaccination requirement may be requested on an individual basis with the GFS Nurses. Everyone 6 months of age and older is now eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. More information is available here: PDPH Vaccine and Booster Info

We are here to help you through the process and happy to answer any questions you may have. Please contact us at admissions@germantownfriends.org.


Students entering the Library from Campus entrance

Ready to begin your application process?

Start here!

Create a profile in Veracross, our admissions software provider. We look forward to getting to know you and your family and introducing you to GFS!

STEP 1

Get started: Submit an Inquiry

Once an online inquiry is submitted, you will receive an email with a link to set up access to the Veracross Admissions Portal. Simply click the link and set your password.

First time inquiring about GFS? If you would like more information about GFS, please complete an online inquiry form. This will establish your GFS Admissions Portal account, which you can use throughout the application process.

Not sure if you have an account? Visit the Admissions 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 Admissions Portal to track your application status at all times.

Frequently Asked Questions

STEP 2

Initiate Your Application

Provide some basic information, tell us a bit about your interest in GFS.

Once you are in the Admissions Portal, you will see a set of required forms at the top of the application checklist.  For Kindergarten applications,  complete all the steps by November 1, 2022. For grades 1-5 applications, please fill out the following forms by December 30, 2022 to be eligible for first round review for the 2023-24 School Year:

  • Demographic Information — to be completed by a parent or guardian
  • Parent Questionnaire — to be completed by a parent or guardian
  • $45 Application Fee — If this is a hardship please give us a call. 

Once these items are completed, you will be able to schedule your Parent Interview.

STEP 3

Schedule Your Parent Interview

Parent interviews are a chance for us to get to know your family!

We will learn about your child, and answer any questions you have about GFS. They typically last about an hour and are conducted via Zoom. If you aren’t familiar with video chat, don’t worry — we’re here to help!  

Once you have completed the Demographic Info, Parent Questionnaire and submitted the $45 application fee, we will reach out via email to schedule your virtual parent interview. 

For families with multiple applicants, only one Parent Interview is required. If possible, we ask that all parents be present at the same video chat.

STEP 4

In-Person Visit

For applicants to grades K-5, a one-on-one skills assessment will take place during the visit as an extension of your child's half-day in-class experience. 

STEP 5

Confidential Teacher Recommendation

We ask that you please choose the teacher from either last year or this year that knows your child the best. The Teacher Recommendation form and requests should be sent directly from the Veracross Admissions Portal to the teacher(s) you choose. Please request your teacher recommendation no earlier than November 1, 2022, (unless you are applying to Kindergarten, in which case we will need the recommendation by November 1, 2022.

STEP 6

Submit Transcript and School Records

The Transcript Release Form, available in the Veracross Admissions Portal, should be completed by the parent/guardian and returned to the applicant's current school. Please request all official transcripts available to date.

A Note on Transcripts and Academic Records

While we require official transcripts as part of our application checklist, we will accept parent provided unofficial transcript copies to expedite file completion. However, an official transcript must be on file in order for any admitted students to enroll.

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