Girls' Middle School

3400 West Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, CA 94043-0940
Tel: (650)968-8338
Grades: 6-8 | 198 students
The Girls' Middle School is committed to providing a positive and challenging learning environment that fosters self-esteem, empowerment and responsibility.
GMS promotes intellectual curiosity and disciplined study habits through a stimulating curriculum that provides a well-rounded exposure to the arts and humanities while emphasizing science, math and computer technologies.
We apply a hands-on project based approach that allows students to collaborate and think critically.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Coalition of Girls
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Western States Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
Grades Offered Grades 6-8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1998

Student Body

Total Students 198 students
Student Body Type All-girls
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Girls' Middle School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 18 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Yearly Tuition Cost $28,000
Tuition Notes For new students there is a one-time technology fee of $1450.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Megan R. Miller
Admissions Associate Claire Ledwith


Total Sports Offered 10 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Flag Football, Soccer, Softball, Surf Team, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
DanceFlag Football,
Surf TeamTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 2 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Skateboard Club, Drama Club Drama Club, Skateboard Club,

School Notes:

  • Criteria for Admission: The admission committee looks carefully at each application to assess her potential to thrive at GMS. Applicants are appraised in academic ability, creativity, problem-solving skills, interest in learning and their ability to work in groups. The fit between the student and GMS is also determined by recommendations from two teachers, along with a personal recommendation, past transcript, ISEE testing, and a personal interview

Profile last updated: 08/27/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Mountain View Academy (1 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School (0.7 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Mountain View KinderCare (0.7 miles away)
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School Reviews

Hello My daughter (15 years) will be coming with me to San Diego, and I look forward to search for a suitable school and close to the UCSD Extension (9500 Gilman Drive. La Jolla. CA 92093-0176 So can you help me to nominate the right school ?. Salahuddin Alghanim
- Posted by Parent, 06/20/14
Dedicated faculty, out-of-the box thinking, and a very supportive environment. GMS truly lives the mission of providing a positive and challenging learning environment that fosters self-esteem, empowerment and responsibility. Not just your average private school: a completely different way of teaching and educating girls. Wish there had been a school like this when I was a girl!
- Posted by Parent, 05/14/13
I am a former GMS student and I could go on forever about the education I have received from the school. It has not only taught me how to work in a group but it also helped me get to know who I am. It has sparked my interest and passions that I will continue to explore in high school. GMS has also given me the gift of confidence in who I am. The teachers and staff have helped me progress as a student and athlete. The education and skills each girl receives is priceless. There is no other school like GMS. I strongly recommend the school to any one who is interested.
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 01/31/13

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