Prep-One

A singular Transition year for young boys.

In 1989 Gilman added a rather novel new grade: a "pre-first grade" for boys who had completed kindergarten and needed a year to boost independence and academic readiness before first grade. Though the concept gained traction in the independent school educational community, the idea was, at the time, relatively new to Baltimore.

Today, prep-one thrives at Gilman, and remains a viable option for boys who require a little extra preparation after kindergarten. In this singular transition year before first grade, boys learn to read and write, add and subtract, and gain the confidence they need for future academic success.

Prep-One at Gilman.

Eventual 13-Year Men across divisions join the pre-first class and founding teachers Diane Rogers and Dia Matthews. Also pictured is Middle School teacher Chris Bendann '03, who was a member of the inaugural pre-first class.

Ready to Apply?

We invite applications from boys who will turn five by September 30, 2019.

Kindergarten

Applicants must be four (4) by September 1, 2018 to apply to kindergarten. The birthday range for kindergarten applicants is late summer 2013 to August 31, 2014.

Prep-One

Ages can vary in prep-one, but the majority of children will have birthdays from May 2013 to December 2013. Children must currently be in a kindergarten program in order to apply to prep-one.

The application deadline is December 14, 2018. Learn more about applying to Lower School.

Contact

Admissions Office: 410.323.7284
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Mary Furrer

Director of Lower School Admissions

Taylor Boyd

Assistant Director of Lower School Admissions

Wendy Barger

Teacher

Danielle Moran

Lower School Testing Associate