Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Early Years Program at GPS?
GPS offers a preschool for students from 2 to 4 years old. The preschool program is inspired by the International Baccalaureate program which starts in Junior Kindergarten.
What are the teacher qualifications?
The Early Years Program (Preschool) is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and teachers are fully qualified by the state of California, Community Care Licensing Division.
The Lower School and Middle School are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and CHA is an authorized IB school for the PYP and MYP. Teachers in grades JK - 8 have an undergraduate degree with some of our faculty members having a Master’s Degree or professional certifications beyond a Bachelor’s Degree. In addition, teachers have completed professional development coursework through the International Baccalaureate Organization.
What are the school hours?
GPS will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. The school day will vary based on the program.
Early Years Program - Preschool students will have options for a half day from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. or a full day from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 2, 3, or 5 days a week.
Pre-Kindergarten is a 3 day program from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Junior Kindergarten is a 5 day program from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Kindergarten - 5th grade - 8:15 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
6th - 8th grade - 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Extended Day Care (EDC) will be available for all students starting at 7:00 a.m. free of charge and after school until 6:00 p.m. at an additional charge.
What specialist programs are offered?
We have specialists in the following areas; Spanish, Music, Art, Technology and Physical Education. The specialists work in collaboration with the classroom teachers to provide lessons that support the units of inquiry.
What is the role of religion in the school?
GPS will be on a religious campus. Bible Study classes will be available for students who would like to attend. In addition, a chapel service will be held once a month. The values of First Presbyterian align with the IB values that believe students should be kind, empathetic and caring individuals who work to create a better world. GPS welcomes and celebrates families of all faiths and cultures to our program.
Is there a uniform?
GPS will have a dress code intended to eliminate distractions from clothing or appearance. Dress code guidelines are solid color shirt and solid color shorts, pants or skirts. Middle School student must wear collared shirts. A GPS jacket or sweatshirt will be mandatory for all students and can be purchased online.
What are the class sizes?
Enrollment varies by class. The maximum number of students in grades K-8 is 18. Our average class size is 12.
Will GPS offer financial assistance?
Yes. Financial assistance is available to qualified Kindergarten through Grade 8 families based on demonstrated need. GPS uses the services of FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) to evaluate the financial ability of each family to afford the costs of private education.
What is the security on the new campus?
The facility is secured by a perimeter gate. Families with students enrolled at GPS will receive a key fob that will allow them to enter the campus during drop off and pick up times. Parents and guests who would like to visit during the school day will need to check into the office before being permitted on the school grounds. In addition, there are cameras set up around the campus that will be monitored by the school’s administration.
Is there a lunch program?
Morning snack will be provided for students in our Early Years Program.
Snack items and beverages are available for purchase by students in Kindergarten - Grade 8.
Organic and nutritious lunches are available for purchase at all grade levels, preschool through Grade 8 from TotPot, a school lunch service.
Snacks and lunches may also be brought from home.
GPS is a “peanut aware” school. Items available for purchase and provided during our bake sales and special events will not contain nuts.
How can parents get involved?
GPS encourages and supports parent involvement. Sign up to be a room parent in your student's class, volunteer in the library, participate in the various schoolwide events and activities, or be a mystery reader in our early years classrooms. Our PTSO (Parent, Teacher, Student Organization) is an integral part of the school and we rely on parent volunteers to continue to support and enhance our program.