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UPPER SCHOOL (9-12)

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

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.

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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, parent interview time slots will appear in your Veracross portal, where you can sign up.

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.

Note: GFS does not generally accept applications to grade 12. If you are interested in grade 12 admission, please call us to discuss further. 


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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.  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
  • Student Questionnaire — to be completed by applicants applying to grades 6 through 12
  • $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 and Student 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, parent interview time slots will appear in your Veracross portal, where you can sign up.

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 on Zoom.

STEP 4

Confidential Teacher Recommendations

The Teacher Recommendation forms and requests should be sent directly from the Veracross Admissions Portal to the teacher(s) you choose. We ask that you please choose the teacher from either last year or this year that knows your child the best.

STEP 5

Admissions Testing

Families may submit either ISEE or SSAT exam scores from within the last year. We will accept results of ISEE or SSAT exams administered both in-person or online for 2023-24 applicants.

For information on scheduling a remote exam, please visit SSAT at Home or ISEE at Home. Test scores must be received by December 30, 2022.

Please have your child's test scores sent to us directly using the code 3397 for SSAT or 393325 for ISEE when prompted on the test provider website.

ISEE school code for GFS : 393325
SSAT school code for GFS: 3397 

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.

STEP 7

Graded Writing Sample

Upper School applicants are required to submit a written assignment that has been completed for school and graded by a teacher. Please submit the writing sample via the Veracross Admissions Portal.

UPCOMING EVENTS