Applying to GMS

The Girls’ Middle School uses Ravenna, an online web-based application, to manage the admission process. In Ravenna, you can track your steps during the admission process, register for school events, and submit an application. To begin, create a Ravenna account. 

GMS believes in making all aspects of the application and admission process equitable and fair. Please note that we will not accept standardized test scores (ISEE, SSAT, etc.) for the 2021-22 application year.

The Application Process

ATTEND A VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE

Our Virtual Open House is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to experience the dedication of our faculty and staff, the energy of our students, and the warm atmosphere of our community. This event is for fifth grade families only. You will hear from our Head of School, Admission Team, faculty, and students. To register for a Virtual Open House, please create a Ravenna account.

Virtual Open House dates:

Saturday, October 30, 2021, 10am-12pm

Sunday, December 5, 2021, 10am-12pm

 
LEARN MORE ABOUT US

We offer a number of additional ways to get to know our school and community, both virtually and in person. School tours and parent gatherings are great places to ask questions and learn more about what makes GMS special. Families are encouraged to participate in as many of these events as feels comfortable for you. Attendance at all events is optional. Please register through the Ravenna system.

ENTRANCE TESTING 

GMS will not accept standardized test scores (ISEE, SSAT, etc.) for the 2021-22 application year.

In order to get to know your child better, we require that applicants submit a Proctored Writing Sample. We are partnering with the following Peninsula schools - Castilleja, Crystal, Episcopal Day, Keys School, Menlo, Sacred Heart, Silicon Valley International School, The Nueva School, Woodland School and Woodside Priory - to enable students who apply to any of these schools to submit one common writing sample. This is a virtual activity on Zoom, which will be guided by a member of the Admission Team. 

Please register for one session at any one of the above schools through your Ravenna account.

SUBMIT AN APPLICATION

The following forms in Ravenna are required to complete an application to GMS. The application deadline is January 6, 2022.

  • Application for Admission - Complete and submit with a $75 application fee (please contact our office if this poses a financial hardship).
  • Parent Questionnaire(s) - Each parent or guardian living with the applicant completes a questionnaire.
  • Teacher Recommendations - Please request two teacher recommendations, one from the applicant’s current teacher and one from last year’s teacher.
  • Principal or Counselor Recommendation - Please request a recommendation from your daughter’s principal or school counselor.
  • Personal Recommendation - In addition to your daughter’s teachers, we appreciate a recommendation from another adult who plays a significant role in her life.
  • Transcript Release and Confidentiality Form - Please delegate this form to the principal’s office at your daughter’s elementary school. Her school should follow the instructions printed on the form and send the transcript directly to Ravenna.
SCHEDULE A Family Interview

At GMS, our family interviews are conversational and take place with all parents or guardians and the applicant. We provide a comfortable setting for your family to ask questions and learn more about the school. We ask each applicant to bring something special or meaningful to share during part of the interview. Family interviews are held in January and February each year. Families who submit an application may schedule a family interview through the Ravenna system beginning Friday, January 7, 2022.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

GMS offers two types of tuition assistance: Financial Aid and The Bennett Scholars Program. 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 aid. 

We will host a Financial Aid Information Session on December 8, 2021. Please register through the Ravenna system.

A reminder email with instructions will be mailed to all GMS applicants on January 7, 2022. Financial aid forms are due on February 4, 2022.

If you have questions about Financial Aid, please contact Holly Varian Zuklie at 650-968-8338 x160.

To learn more about The Bennett Scholars Program, please contact Maria Perez at 650-968-8338 x102.

DECISIONS

Decision letters are mailed to applicants on March 17, 2022.

Decisions are posted in Ravenna on March 18, 2022 at 4:00 PM.

Enrollment contracts are due by March 25, 2022.

A GMS girl is loved and respected for who she is - today!

GMS Teacher

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