Apply: Upper School

Grades Nine through Twelve

Gilman School welcomes applications to its Upper School. Our main entry point is the ninth grade, but we also invite applications for tenth through twelfth grade.

Three smiling Upper School boys in class

In making decisions for admissions, the Admissions Committee places great emphasis on past and current grades, school recommendations, past standardized test scores, and personal interviews, as well as ISEE admissions test results.

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.

Steps to Apply

Submit Your Online Application by December 14, 2018

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. A $50 application fee is paid when you submit your online application. The deadline for application is December 14, 2018.

Applications become available in mid-August. We encourage families to begin the application process early so that they 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. 

Application fee waivers are available for siblings of currently enrolled students, reapplying families, and sons of alumni. Please contact Jessica McDonald to obtain your code.

Schedule Your Parent Meeting and Student Visit Day

Once you have submitted your application, please sign up for a day to visit campus through the Admissions Portal. Parents will receive a morning campus tour and meet with an admissions officer. Your son will visit classes alongside a current Gilman student, who will help provide your son with an authentic snapshot of a day in the life of a Gilman student as well as receive an interview with a Gilman admissions officer. The visiting day concludes at 1:30 p.m., at which point our admissions team would be more than happy to answer additional questions or to provide more information about our school.

Complete Admissions Testing by January 25

As part of the application process, all prospective students grades 6-12 will take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Students may take this standardized admission test at any school who offers it, including, but not limited to, Gilman School. Sign up at and search their database for dates of testing sites as part of the online registration process. Please remember to include Gilman’s school code (210095) to ensure that we receive a copy of the results.

Also please note that ISEE recommends registering for the test at least three weeks prior to the test date. We also advise that you take the test as early as possible, as tests sites fill up and studies have shown that there is minimal, if any, benefit to waiting later in the season. All ISEE tests must be completed by January 25.

Those families who are unable to pay the ISEE registration fee may request a waiver by contacting Jamie Frieman at 410.323.7169. Eligibility for these waivers is determined by family income.

Request Student Transcripts and Teacher Recommendations

Along with ISEE testing results, our admissions office will need to review your son's report cards from the most recent three-year span. These report cards may be uploaded to the Admissions Portal.

All applicants are required to get two teacher recommendations from current math and English subject areas; other subject area teacher recommendations are welcomed but not required. To acquire transcripts and request teacher recommendations from current schools, please sign the Record Release Form and submit to current school’s main office.The record release authorizes his current school to send us his records.

The Common Referral Form should be given to your son's current principal or guidance counselor along with the Record Release Form. Your son's school will give this form to his teacher(s) to fill out and return to Gilman.

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.

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.

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.

Upper School Admissions Staff

Upper School Admissions
Amy Furlong

Amy Furlong

Director of Enrollment
Owen Daly

Owen Daly

Director of Secondary School Admissions, Teacher, History, Upper School
Jamie Frieman

Jamie Frieman

Associate Director of Middle and Upper School Admissions
Jessica McDonald

Jessica McDonald

Associate Director of Enrollment Outreach

Information for International Applicants

Gilman School invites inquiries and applications from international students seeking a dynamic American private high school education and cultural experience. The Upper School (grades 9-12) is the only division that accepts international students. We have a very small number of spaces for international students and admission is competitive. Learn more about international student admissions.