OLD 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:
Applicants must be three by September 1, 2020. The birthday range for pre-kindergarten applicants is late summer of 2016 to August 31, 2017.
Please note that Tuition Assistance is not available for Pre-Kindergarten.
Applicants must be four by September 1, 2020 to apply to kindergarten. The birthday range for kindergarten applicants is late summer 2015 to August 31, 2016.
Ages can vary in prep-one, but the majority of children will have birthdays from May 2015 to December 2015. Children must currently be in a kindergarten program in order to apply to prep-one.
Applicants must be five by September 1, 2020 to apply to first grade. The birthday range for first grade applicants is late summer 2014 to August 31, 2015.
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.
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.
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.
Record Release Form:
This 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.
Common Referral Form:
This is a form that 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Families applying for tuition assistance must complete the SSS online application.
The following checklist may help to guide you through the application process and is intended for your use only.
- Filled out completely online and submitted.
- $50 application fee. This fee is paid when you submit your online application. The application must be submitted by December 14, 2018.
- Application fee waivers are available for siblings of currently enrolled students and sons of alumni. Please contact Tayor Boyd to obtain your code.
- You will be prompted to schedule your son's testing date when you complete the online application in the Admissions Portal. Be sure to add the date to your personal calendar.
RECORD RELEASE FORM GIVEN TO CURRENT SCHOOL.
COMMON REFERRAL FORM GIVEN TO CURRENT SCHOOL.
- Complete the School and Student Services (SSS) Parents' Financial Statement (PFS) online at SSS Online before December 14, 2018. You will be able to access this form on October 2, 2018, and a non-refundable fee of $48 is required. 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.