Steps for Applicants


List of 3 items.

  • Applying for K4-K5

    We request a teacher reference if the child has attended preschool.  Applicants for K4 will participate in a classroom evaluation. Applicants for K5 will be tested using the AABL and participate in a classroom evaluation.  (These evaluations will be scheduled on a weekday beginning in January.)
  • Applying for grades 1-5

    Two (2) references are required. Students must provide a teacher reference from their current academic teacher. They must also provide a second reference from another school faculty member, including another academic teacher, a previous teacher, counselor, principal, or a special area teacher. Applicants for grade 1 will be tested using the AABL.  Applicants for grades 2-5 will be tested using the ISEE.  All applicants for grades 1-5 will have a shadow visit in conjunction with their scheduled test day.
  • Applying for grades 6-12

    Three (3) references are required. Two (2) teacher references (one teacher must be current math or English teacher, the second can be a teacher of your choice), as well as a principal or school counselor reference.  Applicants for grades 6-12 will take the SSAT.  You will register at We recommend that you schedule a test date in October-February to allow time for us to receive test scores.

    We will now be participating in the new Character Skills Snapshot. Created by The Enrollment Management Association (authors of the SSAT), The Character Skills Snapshot is a 30-minute online assessment that measures applicants' perceptions and development of eight character skills at a snapshot, or moment, in time. The Snapshot is the first tool of its kind in K-12 education.

    Students will register to take The Snapshot through their SSAT account. The Snapshot is included free of charge for students registered to take the SSAT. For those not taking the SSAT, the fee is $25. Please request that your scores be sent digitally to GAC using code 3525
  • Request References: See list for grade specifics. These are all digital references completed through our portal and require only that you provide the email address of the teacher for whom the reference is requested. We will handle the rest. Depending on the age of the student, specific teacher, and/or principal references will be required.
  • Testing: See list for grade specifics. Students grades K5-12 take tests according to their grade level and submitted for review.
  • Interview: Applicants in grades 1-12 will be notified if they are selected to interview.  

GAC adheres to the AAAIS Principles of Best Practice. in the admissions process. For more information about AAAIS, click here.

**Rolling Admissions: Typical admissions season run October-April. However, GAC is able to accept qualified applicants year-round for immediate or mid-year transfer provided there are spots available. Call or email the Admissions office if you would like to inquire about an immediate or mid-year transfer May-January.

Spend a Day at GAC!

Want to experience GAC in action? Sign up to spend a day on campus! We encourage all applicants in rising grades 6-12 to shadow a GAC student for a day. To learn more about our shadowing program, Spartan for a Day, click here. (Elementary shadowing will be included with the applicant visitation day.)
We are accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year.

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Important Dates

Open Houses:

  • October 18
  • November 15
  • January 17
  • February 28

SSAT Dates:

  • October 14
  • November 11
  • December 9
  • January 6
  • February 3
  • March 3
  • April 21
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