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, 2018.

Boys with birthdays between October 1, 2012, and September 30, 2013, are evaluated for kindergarten or prep-one for enrollment in September 2018; these assessments begin in November.

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.


Admissions Office: 410.323.7284

Mary Furrer

Director of Lower School Admissions

Danielle Moran

Associate Director of Lower School Admissions

Wendy Barger

Admissions Associate

Kelly Van Zile

Admissions Associate