Admission

Apply to GSB

Gill St. Bernard's School's application deadline for the 2017-18 school year has passed. If you would like to apply to GSB please call the admission office at 908-234-1611, ext. 245.

Application Instructions

GSB welcomes applications from students who demonstrate academic potential and who are deemed likely to benefit from and contribute to the GSB community. To be considered for admission, applicants must submit a complete application, which varies by grade level, and includes components such as transcripts, exam results, teacher recommendations, writing samples, and a campus visit. For information on how to complete the process, please refer to the appropriate grade level instructions.

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  • Lower School (Primary - Grade 4)

    • Arrange a parent/guardian interview with an Admission Officer. Please call the Admission Office at 908-234-1611, ext. 245 to schedule an appointment.
    • Schedule a student visit. Upon receipt of the application, the Admission Office will contact you to arrange a student visit during a regular school day.
    • Submit an official school transcript and all standardized testing (when applicable). Items should be mailed directly from the student’s current school.
    • Provide a recommendation from a current teacher (when applicable). Item should be mailed directly from the teacher or the student’s current school.
    • Complete admission testing. Children will be evaluated for admission during their school day visit.

    • School Readiness Test (SRT)
      In a continued effort to support our applicants to Kindergarten through fourth grade as they demonstrate their individual strengths, we are collaborating with expert researchers in the field of Early Childhood Assessment. We will be administering a new assessment protocol, the School Readiness Test (SRT) developed by researchers at Reflection Sciences, LLC. The SRT is a brief (5-min) iPad-based assessment and will be administered to applicants during their admission visit. The SRT assesses general thinking skills rather than knowledge, so there is no need for advance preparation.

      Reflection Sciences will retain the results of the SRT and will share these results with other participating independent schools to which your child is applying (confidentially), to insure that each applicant will take the SRT only once during the independent school application process. Given that this is only one aspect of a comprehensive admission process, applicants’ results will not be shared with parents. Please note that applicant families must complete a consent/registration form only once. Reflection Sciences may retain and use de-identified (names permanently deleted) SRT scores in subsequent research, in a manner consistent with all Federal and State regulations concerning data privacy.

      The following independent schools are administering the MEFS/SRT:

      New Jersey Schools
      •  Gill St. Bernard’s School 2016-17, NJ
      •  The Pingry School, 2016-17, NJ

      New York Schools
      •  Berkeley Carroll School 2016-17, NY
       The Chapin School 2016-17, NY
       Marymount School of New York 2016-17, NY
       Poly Prep Day School 2016-17, NY
       Convent of the Sacred Heart  2016-17, NY
       Saint David's School 2016-17, NY
  • Middle School (Grades 5 - 8)

    • Schedule a student visit. Upon receipt of the initial application components and the application fee, the Admission Office will contact you to arrange a student visit during a regular school day. Please note: Only the Biographical Information and Parent Statement must be received to schedule a student visit.
    • Arrange a parent/guardian interview with an Admission Officer. Interviews are usually scheduled on the student’s visit date.
    • Submit an official school transcript and all standardized testing. This includes the two most recent completed year transcripts and the current academic year. Items should be mailed directly from the student’s current school.
    • Provide recommendations from two current teachers, one mathematics and one English/language arts. An additional recommendation from a person of your choice is optional. Items should be mailed directly from the teachers or the student’s current school.
    • Submit a graded writing assignment from the applicant’s current grade and school.
    • Complete admission testing. Applicants take the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) or the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam).
  • Upper School (Grades 9 - 12)

    • Schedule a student visit. Upon receipt of the initial application components and the application fee, the Admission Office will contact you to arrange a student visit during a regular school day. Please note: Only the Biographical Information and Parent Statement must be received to schedule a student visit.
    • Arrange a parent/guardian interview with an Admission Officer. Interviews are usually scheduled on the student’s visit date.
    • Submit an official school transcript and all standardized testing. This includes the two most recent completed year transcripts and the current academic year. Items should be mailed directly from the student’s current school.
    • Provide recommendations from two current teachers, one mathematics and one English/language arts. An additional recommendation from a person of your choice is optional. Items should be mailed directly from the teachers or the student’s current school.
    • Submit a graded writing assignment from the applicant’s current grade and school.
    • Complete admission testing. Applicants take the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) or the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam).

Entrance Exam Testing

Applicants for the Primary Program through Grade 4 are evaluated either during their school visit or on a Saturday morning test date. 

Applicants for Grades 5 – 12 take either the SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test) or the ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam). 

Please contact SSAT online at www.ssat.org for testing dates, registration, and locations. (GSB school code: 3406.)

Please contact ISEE online at www.iseetest.org for testing dates, registration, and locations. (GSB school code: 310100.) 

All School Tour Dates

Upcoming All School Tour:

Tuesday, April 18 at 9:00 a.m.

As a convenience to our families, Gill St. Bernard's accepts the Standard Application Online (SAO).

Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.