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 financial assistance. 

Tuition for 2020-2021

GMS tuition in the 2020-21 academic year is $37,300. After school sports and homework club, course textbooks, and all school trips are included. Additional costs for uniforms, hot lunch, and some after school activities are not included in the tuition amount.

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 $35,000.

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 Financial Aid Information Session.

The Bennett Scholars Program

The Bennett Scholars Program supports high-achieving girls 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.

To Apply

To apply for financial assistance either through the Financial Aid or The Bennett Scholars Program, families must submit the following forms to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) School and Student Services by Friday, February 5, 2021.

We will host a Financial Aid Information Session on Wednesday, December 9, 2020. Please register through the Ravenna system. A reminder email about applying for financial assistance will be sent to all GMS applicants on January 8, 2020.

If you have questions about Financial Aid, please contact Holly Varian Zuklie.

If you have questions about The Bennett Scholars Program, please contact Maria Pérez at 650-968-8338 x102.

For More Information

Holly Varian Zuklie
Director of Financial Aid
650-968-8338 x160
hvzuklie@girlsms.org

María Peréz Árons (en español)
Bennett Scholars Program Director
650-968-8338 x102
marons@girlsms.org