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.
We invite applications from boys who will turn five by September 30, 2018.
Boys who are in kindergarten and have birthdays prior to October 1, 2012, are initially evaluated for first grade or prep-one (placement into a specific grade is determined upon completion of the admission process); assessments begin in November.
The application deadline is December 15, 2017. Learn more about applying to Lower School.