Affording GMS

The Girls’ Middle School strives to be an inclusive and equitable community that is accessible to everyone. An integral part of our mission is to develop a student body from diverse backgrounds, including families from all income levels.

To achieve this goal, we offer two types of tuition assistance: Financial Aid and The Bennett Scholars Program. These two tuition assistance programs allow families in a variety of financial circumstances to afford the cost of attending GMS. Approximately 28% of our students participate in one of our tuition assistance programs.

We encourage all families to learn more about these programs and contact our office with any questions. We are committed to enrolling students from all backgrounds and we make admission decisions independent of a student’s application for tuition assistance.

Tuition for 2024-2025

GMS tuition in the 2023-24 academic year is $48,200. After-school sports and homework club, course textbooks, and all school trips are included in tuition. Additional costs not included in tuition include a one-time technology fee for the student laptop, school uniforms, hot lunch, and shuttle transportation.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is a need-based assistance program providing tuition assistance to families who need help covering a portion of the GMS tuition. Financial aid awards are determined based on financial need and the number of financial aid applicants each year. Awards typically range from $5,000 to $40,000.

If the tuition does not look affordable to you, it may be worth your time and effort to apply for financial aid for your daughter’s education. Even if you are a homeowner or you think your income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you may still be eligible. 

You can learn more about financial aid by reviewing these FAQs about Financial Aid or attending our Tuition Assistance Information Session on December 12, 2023. Register for this event on Ravenna.

The Bennett Scholars Program

The Bennett Scholars Program supports high-achieving students who often attend under-resourced elementary schools and represent the first generation in their families to be college bound. Bennett Scholars receive a comprehensive scholarship and wrap-around support to enable them to attend GMS. Our goal is to help each student launch themselves on a new trajectory from middle school to college and beyond.

While at GMS, in addition to tuition, we provide Bennett Scholars with laptops, lunches, uniforms, one-on-one tutoring, and the costs of all trips and material expenses. We know that families face barriers beyond financial need. Bennett Scholar families are offered an array of additional support, ranging from transportation and language interpretation to counseling and mentorship. Our Bennett Scholars receive testing and application support in applying to high school, and graduates receive support and tutoring to prepare for college applications.

Learn More

We will host a Tuition Assistance Information Session on December 12, 2023. Please register through the Ravenna system. A reminder email about applying for tuition assistance will be sent to all GMS applicants on January 10, 2024.

GMS uses the Clarity Application to determine a family’s level of financial need based on the information that families share in the Clarity application which includes assets, income, expenses, and debts.

More information about the process can be found in the following documents:

Clarity is hosting a series of webinars for families to learn more about the Clarity Application. Here are the dates and registration links:

To Apply

To apply for tuition assistance either through the Financial Aid or The Bennett Scholars Program, families must complete an application through Clarity. To get started, please go to the Clarity Application and create an account. 

There is a $60 fee to submit your tuition assistance application through Clarity. You can share your application with additional schools that accept the Clarity Application for no additional charge. Simply use the dropdown menu in the application to select those schools. If this fee poses a hardship, please contact our office to request a fee waiver.

The deadline to complete the tuition assistance application including relevant supplemental documents is February 2, 2024.

If you have questions about Financial Aid, please contact Sue Kramer at 650-968-8338 x123

To learn more about The Bennett Scholars Program, please contact María Pérez at 650-968-8338 x102

For More Information

Sue Kramer
Director of Admission and Financial Aid
650-968-8338 x123
skramer@girlsms.org

 

María Pérez (en español)
Bennett Scholars Program Director
650-968-8338 x102
mperez@girlsms.org