There is no single ideal Gann student. However, there are certainly some characteristics we look for in our applicants:
Are you curious? Are you kind? Do you appreciate academic challenges? Are you excited about collaborating and interacting with teachers and other students? Do you have a sense of adventure?
Gann students come from secular independent schools, Jewish day schools, and public schools. We’re a pluralistic school, which means that our students connect to the Jewish community in diverse ways. That diversity inspires us to think critically and energizes our conversations.
There is no one piece of the application that’s more important than any other. You are evaluated by a committee of faculty members and admissions staff through your in-person interview and online application.
When the committee reads your application, they are looking to get to know you. What motivates you? What are your talents? Are you someone who will take advantage of the opportunities you will have at Gann? Your own words, the insights of your parents and teachers, and your academic record all combine to paint a picture of who you are.
The interview is a required portion of your application. Most applicants will spend about two hours at Gann on their interview day, with that time divided between a campus tour and separate interviews for applicants and parents. During your interview, a member of the admissions team will ask you questions about yourself and will answer any questions you have about Gann. Make sure you dress comfortably for your visit because we want you to enjoy yourself and have fun.
On average, our students report having around 2.5 hours of homework per night. Of course, each student has different work habits, and many students opt to complete a portion of their homework during free time in the school day.
Academic classes finish at 3:35 PM and the activity block runs from 3:55 PM - 5:05 PM. During the activity block our entire student body participates in athletics, musical ensembles, robotics team, and other student activities.
On Fridays, school ends earlier to accommodate Shabbat.
Gann's athletics program offers 18 interscholastic teams and numerous recreational activities. Our sports teams compete in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) and have won more than 40 league championships.
No. In fact, a quarter of our students come from public or secular independent schools with limited or no formal Jewish educational experience. We offer many different Hebrew classes, including those for beginners.
Yes, some students do. All students are required to particpate in what we call Z'man Kodesh (sacred time) on Monday and Thursday mornings. There are more than 12 options from which students can choose. Options include Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox services, as well as visual art, creative movement, Israeli culture, and discussion group options.
In addition, there is optional time for prayer each afternoon and on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings.
Gann's on-site Kosher-dairy cafeteria provides many dining options: hot breakfast, a full lunch including salad bar, and a variety of snack and beverage options for students to purchase throughout the day. Parents can pre-load funds on their student's ID card or the student can pay in cash. Students can also bring your own vegetarian food to school.
100% of Gann graduates go on to attend a four-year college or spend a gap year in Israel or other places around the world. Take a look at our recent matriculation list for a detailed look at where our most recent graduates went after Gann.