Apply: Lower School

Grades pre-Kindergarten through Five

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 welcome since unexpected openings may occur.

Fall 2019 birthday ranges

Families interested in:

Pre-Kindergarten

Applicants must be three by September 1, 2018. The birthday range for pre-kindergarten applicants is late summer of 2014 to August 31, 2015.

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.

First Grade

Applicants must be five by September 1, 2018 to apply to first grade. The birthday range for first grade applicants is late summer 2012 to August 31, 2013.

The following information is designed to help you through the admissions process. Please use this as a guide, but always feel free to call if you have any questions.

Visit:

Parents are encouraged to attend our Lower School Parent Visiting Days; learn more and register here. You may also register through our Admissions Portal as you complete your online application. If you are unable to join us at one of our visiting mornings, please contact Taylor Boyd to schedule a visit. We always welcome scheduling additional tours if needed.

Steps to Apply

Visit Gilman Lower School

Parents are encouraged to attend our Lower School Parent Visiting Days; learn more and register here. You may also register through our Admissions Portal as you complete your online application. If you are unable to join us at one of our visiting mornings, please contact Taylor Boyd to schedule a visit. We always welcome scheduling additional tours if needed.

Parents are encouraged to attend our Lower School Parent Visiting Days; learn more and register here.

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Submit Your Online Application by December 14, 2018

Completing the online application form is the first step in the admissions process. Please visit our Admissions Portal to get started. Space is provided for any information you would like to share about your son. The $50 application fee is paid when you submit your online application. Application fee waivers are available for siblings of currently enrolled students and sons of alumni. Please contact Taylor Boyd to obtain your code.
 

Give the Record Release and Common Referral Forms to Your Son's Current School

The Record Release Form should be 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 should 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. This form is a necessary part of the process.

Gilman retains an applicant's information in the strictest confidence, as defined in the Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS) Policy Statement on Confidentiality of Student Recommendations.

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Complete Your Parent Interview

After you submit your son's application, the Admissions Office will be in touch to schedule your parent interview to learn more about your family.

Bring Your Son to Gilman for his Assessment

Pre-kindergarten applicants come for a morning assessment from 8:30 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Kindergarten, prep-one, and first grade applicants come for a morning assessment from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Placement in a specific grade is determined upon completion of the admissions process. You will be prompted to schedule your son's testing date when you complete the online application in the Admissions Portal. Remember to add the date and time to your personal calendar!
 

Parents are not required to stay during assessment; however, should you wish to do so, "another look" tours will be available (tours are also part of the Visiting Day program).

Applicants for grades two through five visit Gilman on Saturday, January 5, 2019. You will 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 are asked to complete a writing sample. Qualified applicants who cannot be accepted initially due to the limited number of spaces will be placed in a wait pool. 

Complete SSS Online Parents' Financial Statement (if needed) by December 14

Gilman offers tuition assistance to families based on need. To determine the level of assistance for which a family qualifies (if applicable), a completed School and Student Services (SSS) Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) must be submitted. Access to SSS forms at SSS Online will become active on October 2, 2018 and must be completed by December 14, 2018, which is also the application submission deadline.

SSS requires a non-refundable fee of $48. If you are unable to access this form online, please call the Financial Aid Office to receive a hard copy.

Please upload or mail the following documents directly to SSS Online: 2017 Federal Tax Forms and 2018 W‐2 or substitute wage document (when received in January 2019). Visit SSS Online for more information.
 
Family Income Total Students
Receiving Tuition Assistance
Average Grant
<100K 37% $23,026
100-150K 26% $17,644
151-200K 23% $14,598
>201K 13% $9,779

 

The above information is based on tuition assistance granted for the 2018-2019 school year, as of July 18, 2018.

Receive an Application Decision on February 21

The Admissions Committee will review all applications and make decisions during the month of February. You will learn our decision on February 21, 2019, and those accepted will have until March 8, 2019, to return the enrollment contract and deposit.

Return Your Enrollment Contract by March 8

Families who accept our offer of admission will need to complete an enrollment contract in the Admission Portal for each accepted student. Enrollment contracts are due March 8, 2019.

Contact
Should you have any questions, or if you would like assistance in filling out any of the admission-related forms, please do not hesitate to contact the Admissions staff.

Lower School Admissions Staff

Lower School Admissions 410.323.7284
Mary Furrer

Mary Furrer

Director of Lower School Admissions
Taylor Boyd

Taylor Boyd

Assistant Director of Lower School Admissions
Wendy Barger

Wendy Barger

Lower School Admissions Associate
Danielle Moran

Danielle Moran

Lower School Testing Associate

Jessica McDonald

Associate Director of Enrollment Outreach