The Admission Process

The best way to get to know Gunston is to visit! There are numerous opportunities throughout the admission season to visit our beautiful campus and see our talented teachers and amazing students in action.

Come for a Visit

Schedule a Personal Tour
We invite you to set up a personal tour of our campus. Your tour will feature an introduction to our academic and extra-curricular programs, as well as an opportunity to witness our students and faculty in action. Tours usually last an hour, and can be scheduled by contacting David Henry.
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Attend an Open House Event
Join us at any of our Open House events. Your experience will include:

  • A presentation by Headmaster John Lewis
  • An introduction to Gunston's Student Ambassadors
  • A student-led tour of our 35-acre waterfront campus
  • A question and answer session on academics, athletics and campus life

Schedule a Shadow Day

Contact the Admissions Office to schedule a shadow day for the student. During the shadow day, the applicant will visit classes and have the opportunity to interact with Gunston students and faculty. The applicant will also be interviewed during their visit.

The student's visit to Gunston will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude at 12:45 p.m. or 1:25 p.m. depending on the parent's schedule—lunch will be provided. If the applicant opts out of the Shadow Day, an interview will need to be scheduled with the Director of Admission, David Henry.

Application

The Gunston School online application has sections for both students and parents. The application does not need to be completed in one sitting; you will be able to start, stop, and resume at any time.

Application Part I-to be completed by the parent/guardian.

Application Part II-to be completed by the student.

Complete the School Forms

Applicants must submit recommendations from the following teachers or administrators:

Please download the recommendation forms above, and submit the form to your present teacher or administrator.

It is customary to provide a stamped reply envelope addressed to:
Admissions Office
The Gunston School
P.O. Box 200
Centreville, MD 21617

Transcripts

Applicants must submit a transcript request form to the their present guidance counselor, principal, or school registrar.

Transcript Request Form

It is customary to provide a stamped reply envelope addressed to:
Admissions Office
The Gunston School
P.O. Box 200
Centreville, MD 21617

Admission Testing

9th Grade Applicants
Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT)
Applicants for the 9th grade should register to take the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) in October, November, December, or January. Scores received from the February test date will be accepted provided all other application requirements are met by the February 1 deadline. Enter our code - 3271- on your SSAT online registration, and your scores will be sent directly to TGS. Visit the SSAT website for more information or to register for the test. Late applicants should register to take the SSAT in February, March or April.

Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)

While the Admissions Office prefers the SSAT for 9th grade applicants, the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) is also accepted.

This requirement may be waived for late applicants, or students possessing recent and comprehensive educational testing. Please contact the Director of Admissions for more information.

Application Deadlines

9th Grade Applicants:
Early Commitment Deadline: December 15
Families that decide that TGS is the "perfect fit" for their child are encouraged to apply for Early Commitment. Completed applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and applicants and their families will be notified of a decision by January 15.

Regular Decision Deadline: February 1
Completed applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and applicants and their families will be notified of a decision by mid-to-late February.

Rolling Admission:
Applications received after February 1 for grade 9 will be evaluated on a rolling admission basis as space becomes available.


10th-12th Grades Applicant:
Applications are accepted throughout the school year and evaluated on a rolling admission basis as space becomes available.

Summer Applicants:
Please contact David Henry, who will assist you through the application process.