When does school begin?

  • New Student Orientation will be on Thursday, August 23 and Friday, August 24. New Resident Student Orientation will begin two days earlier, on Tuesday, August 21.
  • The first official day of the 2018-19 school year is Monday, August 27.

When will my son receive his schedule?

  • The schedules will be completed by the end of July. They will then be mailed home and should be received in early August.
  • The average freshmen takes a full course load of seven classes: Religion, English, Algebra, Biology, Western Civilization, Latin, and one semester each of Art & Music.
  • Once your son receives his schedule in the summer, you can find a list of required textbooks and novels on the Georgetown Prep website with a link to our virtual bookstore.

When can my son take placement tests?

  • We want placement tests to be offered as late in your son’s eighth-grade year as possible to make sure that we are accurately testing his knowledge. There are four different administrations, all here at Prep: May 30, May 31, June 2, and June 5. Please sign up here. If you are taking more than one test, please come on separate days.
  • Placement tests are offered in Math, Biology (for those students hoping to enroll in Honors Biology), Latin, & Modern Languages (French, German, and Spanish).

What should my son wear to school?

Our dress code is simple: khakis, a solid-colored button down shirt, a tie, a belt, and dress shoes. From mid-October through mid-April, students are also required to wear a blue blazer.

My son received academic accommodations in middle school (e.g. extended time on tests) – how do I make sure he continues to receive these accommodations?

Each student who receives academic accommodations at Prep must have an up-to-date report with a full battery of psycho-educational testing. The testing must be no more than two years old; if your son has testing that is out of date, we strongly encourage you to have him re-tested this summer. If you have any questions about academic accommodations and testing, please reach out to our Director of Counseling Services, Ms. Karen Napolitano at knapolitano@gprep.org.

How will I know how my son is doing? What sorts of communications will I receive from the school?

High school is a big pond, and we know that this can be a disconcerting transition. We have a few structures in place to help you – and us – keep watchful eyes on your son:

  • Freshmen Advisory: Each 9th grade student is assigned to a faculty advisor. Along with about 7-8 classmates, these advisory groups meet every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the first semester, and every Tuesday in the second semester. The freshmen advisory curriculum covers topics like organization, time management, study skills, sleep habits, and health & wellness, in addition to providing an adult source of support to each student.
  • Big Brothers: Our Big Brothers program provides a more personal experience for incoming students. Each freshman will be paired with a rising junior, who will serve as his “peer advisor” for the next two years.

Many elementary schools provide grades to students and parents in real time. Prep does not do this, so how can you know how your son is doing academically?

  • Rely on Freshmen Advisory. Each advisor has access to each of his advisee’s grades, and can share those with your son.
  • Teach your son self-advocacy. Teachers love nothing more than students who are willing to advocate on their own behalf. The most successful students at Prep are the ones able to take a real sense of agency over their work. Encourage your son to see his teachers about his progress.
  • Read Progress Reports and Report Cards: At the halfway point of each academic marking period, you will receive a Progress Report for your son in EVERY class, regardless of whether he is doing well or poorly. At the end of each marking period, you will receive a report card.
  • Reach out. There are many members of our community keeping a look out for your son: advisors, teachers, coaches, administrators, and staff. If you find yourself wondering how your son is progressing academically, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Mr. Erik Maginnis, Prep’s Academic Dean (emaginnis@gprep.org).

How can you stay current with life at Georgetown Prep?

  • Read the Daily Announcements, which are sent every school day around 3:00 p.m. Here, you will receive updates and information on events, extra-curricular activities, parent social networks, etc. You will automatically be subscribed to the Daily Announcements at the beginning of the school year.
  • A monthly email comes from the school with updates from major administrative arms: the Dean of Students, the Academic Dean, the Campus Ministry Department, the Athletic Department, the College Counseling Department, the Residential Life Department, and from Parent Clubs.
  • A monthly email comes directly from the Academic Dean, Mr. Erik Maginnis, on the first Friday of each month. This will have pertinent information for the academic landscape of each month as it arrives.
  • Ask your son! There is no better source than the proverbial horse’s mouth – use current events and routine circumstances as a way to engage your son on how he is developing as he acclimates to this new environment.
  • Follow Georgetown Prep on social media! @georgetownprep on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

If you have any further questions or need further clarification, please don’t hesitate to reach out:

Academic Dean, Mr. Erik Maginnis – emaginnis@gprep.org; 301-214-1229

Director of Counseling Services, Ms. Karen Napolitano – knapolitano@gprep.org; 301-214-8625