Questions and Answers

What type of student is GMS looking for?

The students that thrive at GMS are willing to take risks, stretch themselves, think critically, and learn from each other. GMS students are kind, curious, and accepting of their peers. The GMS community is as engaged as our student body, so we appreciate families who are interested in getting involved with and contributing to the GMS experience.  

What is the GMS gender policy and how does it affect the admission process?

As a school equally committed to meeting the unique needs of girls and promoting the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, GMS has developed the following policies regarding gender identity. 

  • We consider for admission any student who identifies as a girl when applying. 
  • Once a member of the GMS community, we acknowledge and support the gender identity of every GMS student and alum. 

How many students does GMS enroll each year?

Each year GMS enrolls between 60-65 students in the 6th grade. On a limited basis, we can admit students into the 7th and 8th grade. If you are seeking a spot in our 7th or 8th grade class, please contact the Admission team directly. 

Where do GMS students come from?

GMS enrolls students from more than 45 independent, parochial, and public elementary schools from approximately 18 towns around the Bay Area ranging from Hillsborough to San Jose.

What transportation options are available to students?

GMS provides support and resources for many daily transportation options including a shuttle to and from the Caltrain and Light Rail stations in Mountain View and Palo Alto. Additionally, we partner with Zum, an app-based service, that facilitates carpooling. These services require an extra fee. 

We also encourage and support students who bike and walk to school. 

What financial aid options are available?

The Girls’ Middle School strives to be an inclusive and accessible community. 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. For more in-depth financial information please visit our FAQs about Financial Aid page.

  • Financial aid is a need-based assistance program providing tuition assistance to families who need help covering a portion of the current GMS tuition. Even if you are a homeowner or you think your income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you may still be eligible. 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. 
  • The Bennett Scholars Program supports high-achieving girls who attend under-resourced elementary schools and often represent the first generation in their families to be college bound. 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. The program is funded through the generosity of our parents, alumnae, and members of the community.

When does GMS send out admission decisions?

Decision letters are mailed to applicants on March 19, 2020. You can also view admission decisions on your Ravenna account on March 20, 2020, after 4:00 pm. Enrollment contracts are due by noon on March 27, 2020.

What is the wait pool and how does it work?

Every year, GMS has more qualified applicants than we are able to extend an offer to. Some of these applicants are placed in our wait pool, which remains active throughout the enrollment period. If a spot becomes available, wait-pool applicants are contacted. We cannot guarantee acceptance to GMS from the wait pool.