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 our office at 410.323.7169 if you have any questions.

Steps to Apply

Submit Your Online Application by December 18, 2019

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 non-refundable $50 application fee is paid when you submit your online application. The deadline for applications is December 18, 2019.

Applications become available in early August. 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.  

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

Please note: All Gilman students are required to have age-appropriate vaccinations. Only medical exemptions will be considered.


Once you have submitted an application, please select a day to visit Gilman through the Admissions Portal

Upon arrival, parents have the opportunity to speak with a member of the Admissions team and receive a campus tour, lasting approximately one hour. Your son will attend classes alongside a current student to help provide a snapshot of a day at Gilman. He will also meet with a member of the Admissions team to talk about his interests and ask any questions he may have. Student Visit Days conclude at 1:30 p.m.

Complete Admissions Testing by January 25, 2020

As part of our application process, your son is required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) between the months of October 2019 and January 2020. You may sign up online at A searchable database of dates and test sites is available as part of the online registration. Please include Gilman's school code (210095) when registering so that we receive a copy of the results.

Your son may take the ISEE at any host school/site; he is not required to take the exam at Gilman School (offered on November 16, 2019 and January 11, 2020). ISEE recommends registering at least three weeks prior to your preferred test date, as sites fill quickly. Gilman School requests that ISEE results be received no later than January 25, 2020.

Gilman is allocated a limited number of waiver codes for those families who are unable to pay the ISEE registration fee. Eligibility for these waivers is determined by family income and may be requested by contacting Jessica McDonald at 410.323.3800 ext. 368 or

Request Student Transcripts and Teacher Recommendations

As part of the application process, our Admissions Office requires three years worth of report cards. Please use the Record Release Form to authorize your son's current school to send us his academic records. Report cards may also be uploaded directly to the Admissions Portal.

All applicants for grades 6-12 need to submit two Common Referral Forms (teacher recommendations): one from his current English/Language Arts teacher and one from his current Math teacher. Other subject area teacher recommendations are welcomed but not required. The Common Referral Forms should be given to your son's current principal or guidance counselor after November 15, 2019. This form is another required element and will be marked complete on your Application Checklist once it is received by the Admissions Office.

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.


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, 2019 and must be completed by December 18, 2019, which is also the application submission deadline.

SSS requires a non-refundable fee of $51. 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: 2018 Federal Tax Forms and 2019 W‐2 or substitute wage document (when received in January 2020). 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.


The Admissions Committee will review all applications and make decisions during the month of February. You will learn our decision on February 20, 2020.

Return Your Enrollment Contract by March 6, 2020

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 on March 6, 2020. The enrollment deposit is ten percent of your son's yearly tuition.

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.