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Admission Process

Welcome to GUS!

You will put a lot of thought and energy towards considering what school is the best fit for your child. Hopefully, the time you spend on campus and in classrooms, meeting teachers, and asking questions of your own will be helpful and informative. Our program can be described as academically rigorous, but that rigor reflects the value we place on collaboration, creativity, communication, and innovation in the classroom. Through a progressive approach to teaching and learning, we encourage students to apply learned skills to identify and solve new problems as opposed to repeating facts and figures. Your child will be known, loved, and appropriately challenged within this environment.

We believe in and work to foster an authentic partnership between home and school in order to best serve our students. Consistent communication and shared strategy are key elements to making this partnership work well. In addition, we feel that a good school is as valuable to parents and caregivers as it is to students. To that end, we offer consistent opportunities for parent education and collaboration, and we welcome parent involvement in a variety of volunteer capacities.  At the end of the day, it is the overall comfort level and “fit” of a school that matters most. If you can imagine your child being happy and well-served in a particular environment, and if that environment feels right on an intuitive level, it is generally a very good indicator of the right choice.
 

Meet Director of Admission, Kristie Gonzalez

Director of Admission Kristie Gonzalez welcomes you to GUS with a goal of finding the best educational fit for your child and your family. Read more about Kristie's role at GUS.

Kristie brings extensive experience in teaching, admission, development, and constituent relations to her role as Director of Admission at GUS. Personally committed to theme teaching, hands-on-learning, place-based education, and creating a community that values each student’s individuality, Kristie is thrilled to be a part of the Glen Urquhart School community. Prior to joining GUS, she served as the Director of Annual Giving at Nashoba Brooks School, Director of Admission at Sant Bani School, and Director of Constituent Relations and Annual Fund Director at Tilton School. Previously, Kristie also spent two years as a third-grade teacher at nearby Brookwood School after beginning her teaching career in Colorado. Kristie started her career in the Middlebury College admission and development offices. Kristie is a graduate of the Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA, and holds a B.A. from Middlebury College. She lives in Wenham with her husband Eric, her two sons Andrew '27 and Liam '24, and their dog Mattie (yes, she resembles a bath mat!).

Admission Process

Our application process differs slightly depending on the grade for which you're applying. Choose a grade, Pre-K to grade eight, below and follow the numbered steps for the entire process. Applications are currently due January 31 2018. 

For All Applicants

  1. Parent / Guardians Visit GUS: Classroom and campus tours and parent/guardian interviews are vital in helping us learn about your child and your family, and enable us to understand your goals for your child’s education.
  2. Submit Application: Glen Urquhart School will now accept the Standard Application Online (SAO). Alternatively, you can submit the GUS Application through the “Apply” section of our website. If you would prefer to use a paper application please contact Kristie Gonzalez at kgonzalez@gus.org or call 1-978-927-1064 ext. 115. 
  3. Complete the Student Evaluation and School Records Request (found online).
Pre-K Program

Come for a tour with your early learner and meet with the Director of Preschool, Emily Rabinowitz-Buchanan. Children currently enrolled in the GUS Pre-K and wishing to move onto kindergarten must apply for admission. Learn more about the GUS Pre-K program. 

Kindergarten + Grade 1

Candidates for kindergarten should be five by September 1 of the year he/she will enroll.

4. Register for Assessment: Kindergarten and First Grade applicants attend a fun one to two hour assessment and playgroup. The on-campus screening includes subsets on speech and articulation, fine and gross motor control, and cognitive work with numbers and letters. While the playgroup meets, parents will chat with the head of school, director of lower school, and admission director. Specific registration times and details will be sent to you once your application is received.

Grades 2-4

4. Schedule Class Visit: Candidates in grades 2-4 spend a school day (8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.) visiting classes with a GUS host "buddy" and their peers. During this time candidates will also participate in a short math, reading, and writing evaluation. To schedule your class visit, please email Kristie Gonzalez at kgonzalez@gus.org or call 1-978-927-1064 ext. 115.

Grades 5-8

4. Schedule Class Visit: Candidates in grades 5-8 spend a school day (8:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.) visiting classes with a GUS host "buddy" and their peers. During this time candidates will also participate in a short math, reading, and writing evaluation. To schedule your class visit, please email Kristie Gonzalez at kgonzalez@gus.org or call 1-978-927-1064 ext. 115.

5. Register for the ISEE or SSAT: As part of the process, candidates to grades 5-8 can also take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE) at any of the local testing sites, or students may take the ISEE.

*GUS will also be an accommodation site for the ISEE. Accommodations must be pre-approved by ISEE/ERB. We will offer: extended time 50%, large print test, written answers in the test booklet, and use of calculator (provided by the family).