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Upper Elementary

upper elementary students in band
upper elementary students in performing arts program
upper elementary school students in STEM program

All matriculating students are required to complete GA’s admission process. Parent input, school information and admission assessments help us get to know each applicant and we use this combination of subjective and objective information to assess the match between prospective students and our program. Admission decisions are made after careful review of each applicant’s complete file, which contains information shared in the admission interview, observations from our teachers after a child’s visit to our classes and those of the child’s current teachers, testing results and school records. We intentionally provide a two way process so that prospective families and students are provided with the thoughtful information they need to best understand our program, philosophy, curriculum and community. Our goal is to ensure that our students are in the best position possible to be both happy and successful at GA by learning as much as we can about them, and by providing them the opportunity to learn about GA!

Upper Elementary Admission Process

3rd Grade Applicants

Application Questionnaire
Parent

Interview/Tour
Parent

Teacher Recommendations
Current Classroom Teacher

School Records/Transcript
Most Recent and Past Grades

Class Visit
2 Days in 2nd Grade

Admission Testing
WISC V

4th Grade Applicants

Application Questionnaire
Parent

Interview/Tour
Parent

Teacher Recommendations
Current Classroom Teacher

School Records/Transcript
Most Recent and Past Grades

Class Visit
2 Days in 3rd Grade

Admission Testing
WISC V

5th Grade Applicants

Application Questionnaire
Parent

Interview/Tour
Parent

Teacher Recommendations
Current Classroom Teacher

School Records/Transcript
Most Recent and Past Grades

Class Visit
2 Days in 4th Grade

Admission Testing
WISC V

APPLICATION: Our application is available for on-line submission or as a downloaded document. You may also contact our office to request a hard copy if you so choose. Parents must remember to complete the accompanying Questionnaire form to ensure their application is complete. Application Form.

INTERVIEW & TOUR: Upon receipt of your application, our Admission Office will contact you to schedule your necessary admission appointments including a personal tour, family interview and student visit. If you have attended one of our admission events and do not wish to take another campus tour, we can easily accommodate your request.

CLASSROOM VISIT: The classroom visit allows us to observe children in our environment while allowing them to try GA for themselves. Our visits are planned with the developmental needs of our applicants in mind. Parents are welcome to call their Admission Director for feedback about their child’s visit. We ask that you wait one week after the visit so that we can ensure we have the information you need.

TEACHER RECOMMENDATION: We require a teacher recommendation from your child’s current teacher so that we may best understand their current classroom setting and gather information from the person who best knows your child in that classroom. Additional recommendations are welcome but not required. Here are the Teacher Recommendation Forms.

ADMISSION TESTING: Like our classroom visits, our admission testing is based on the developmental timelines of our applicants. Our 2nd – 5th grade applicants must complete Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children 5th Edition – WISC V. Here are Additional Resources for Admission Testing.

TRANSCRIPT: Starting in 1st grade, we require current and past school records as applicable for each applicant. This information helps us to understand the academic growth and development of your child’s over time. Here are the Transcript Forms.

DECISIONS: Admission decisions are made with the best interest of the child in mind. We strive to ensure that our applicants will be equally successful and happy at GA. Our decision notification for Upper Elementary begins in January and we continue to fill spaces until our class is full. Read about our Admission Timeline.