Welcome and thank you for your interest in Gilman Lower School!
The Admissions team can't wait to introduce your family to Gilman! We are a warm and nurturing community, providing exceptional academic, athletic, and artistic opportunities for our students. Our teachers understand the unique needs of boys, and this is reflected in our instruction methods, in our approach to daily scheduling, and in the ways we communicate and collaborate with the boys.
It wasn't all that long ago that I went through the admissions process for my own two sons — they started at Gilman in kindergarten and are now in fifth and eighth grade. I remember it was both exciting and overwhelming at the same time. And now it brings me so much joy to walk parents down the same path, helping them learn about Gilman, explore the all-boys environment and its benefits, and meet members from our school community.
Please follow the steps below to get started, and know we are dedicated to helping you every step of the way.
Mary Furrer Director of Lower School Enrollment
Grades Pre-Kindergarten Through Five
Please continue to visit our website throughout the fall to receive the most updated information about our admissions process.
Please Note: The main Lower School entry points are at pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, prep-one, and first grades. Openings in grades two through five are limited, but applications are still welcome.
Steps to Apply
The following information is designed to help you through the admissions process.
Please use this as a guide, but always feel free to call our office at 410-323-7284 or email a member of our team if you have any questions.
Creating an account in our Admissions Portal is the first step in the admissions process. You will complete your son's online application through the Admissions Portal, and a non-refundable $50 application fee is paid when his application is submitted.
Applications become available in late August and are due by Wednesday, December 13, 2023. We encourage you to begin the application process early to have ample time to complete the necessary steps.
Once you create your Admissions Portal account, you will want to use this login page to gain access to a dynamic checklist. The portal checklist is an excellent tool to keep track of where you are in the admissions process. You will also receive emails from our office with reminders as the application deadline approaches.
Application fee waivers are available for siblings of currently enrolled students, sons of alumni, and sons of Gilman faculty/staff members. Please contact Jen Shelley to obtain your code.
Please Note: All Gilman students are required to have age-appropriate, state-mandated vaccinations. Only medical exemptions will be considered.
The Record Release Form should be downloaded and given directly to your son's current school. It authorizes his current school to send us his records, which are necessary to complete the application process.
The Common Referral Form can be given to your son's current school along with the Release Form. Your son's school will give this form to his teacher(s) to fill out and return to Gilman. Generally, this form will be returned with your son's records, and we will add it to your son's application file. Please note, if you choose to do so, you will have the opportunity to electronically send the Common Referral Form directly to your son's teacher through the Application Portal. When his teacher returns the form, it will automatically attach to his application file.
Parents of applicants in grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, prep-one, and first grade will be offered an optional parent meeting to learn more about your family and answer any questions. A member of the Admissions Office will be in touch to schedule your parent meeting once your application has been submitted.
In addition, someone from our admissions office will most likely visit your son's current school to observe him in his current environment.
Beginning in mid-November, applicants for grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, prep-one, and first grade will come to Gilman for a morning assessment (part individual/part group) and meet with members of the Admissions Office. Assessment dates will be available after October 1, and a member of our team will be in touch with you to schedule your date and time. We will also offer a separate date in January for pre-kindergarten through first grade applicants to visit campus and participate in a fun activity.
Applicants for grades two through five will visit Gilman on Saturday, January 6, 2024. You'll be prompted to register for this testing date when you complete the online application in the Admissions Portal. The boys are given standardized achievement and ability tests, are evaluated informally by teachers, and asked to complete a writing sample.
Gilman offers tuition assistance to families based on need. To determine the level of assistance for which a family qualifies (if applicable), a separate application must be submitted through Clarity. Please note that Tuition Assistance is not available for pre-kindergarten.
Families can access Clarity's online application beginning Sunday, October 1, 2023. To get started, please click here to create an account. The application typically takes less than 30 minutes and must be complete by Wednesday, December 13, 2023, which is also the admissions application deadline. There is a non-refundable fee of $60 to submit an application.
If you are unable to access this form online or have any questions, please email Kip Digges in the Tuition Assistance Office at email@example.com.
Reminder: Business owners are required to upload their most recent business tax returns separately. Please remember to return to the online dashboard in Clarity to add that information.
Total Students Receiving
Tuition Assistance in 2022-2023
Please Note: A significant factor in the determination of a family's need for tuition assistance is the number of children in a tuition-charging school.
2023-2024 Tuition and Fees by Grade
Prep-One through Fifth
Sixth through Eighth
Ninth through Twelfth
*Fees are estimated. There may be additional charges for certain athletic teams, field trips, or other activities.
**Please note that Tuition Assistance is not available for pre-kindergarten.
Families who accept our offer of admission will need to complete an enrollment contract in the Admissions Portal for each accepted student. Enrollment contracts and deposits are due by Friday, March 1, 2024. The enrollment deposit is ten percent of your son's yearly tuition.
Ready to Start (or Continue) Your Admissions Journey?
Middle School Spanish Teacher, Director of Summer Programs, Director of Tuition Assistance
This Weekend: Discover Gilman Athletics
With nearly a dozen clinics, meet 'n greets, and open practices available this weekend (Sept. 30 and Oct. 1), prospective Middle and Upper School families are invited to meet coaches and players, tour facilities, and even take to the field or court!