The Girls' Middle School at a Glance - Fast Facts

The Girls' Middle School at a Glance - Fast Facts

The Girls' Middle School

The Girls’ Middle School in Palo Alto, California, is an all-girls, non-sectarian, day school for sixth to eighth graders. It was founded in 1998 by Kathleen Bennett.


Accreditation and Associations

Western Association of Schools and Colleges

The California Association of Independent Schools

National Association of Independent Schools

National Coalition of Girls’ Schools



Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 8:20–3:20 pm

Wednesday, early-release day at 2:40 pm

Monday–Friday, students may arrive as early as 7:45 am

Monday–Friday, after-school programs until 5 pm



3400 West Bayshore Road
Palo Alto, California 94303
Phone: 650.968.8338
Fax: 650.968.4775



200 total students with an average class size of 18.


Diversity Education

Diversity education is built on the principles of justice, freedom, equity, and equality. As a school, we prepare students for their responsibilities in an interdependent world. We play a significant role in helping our students develop the attitudes and values necessary to contribute positively to society. We value the pluralism that our students, their families, and teachers reflect. As such, diversity education permeates many aspects of our school culture, including admission, hiring, student support and enrichment, curriculum, community involvement, and development.



GMS offers a balanced and comprehensive academic program. All girls take the following core courses each year: Humanities, Spanish, Math, Science, Social and Emotional Learning, Computer Science, Art, and Physical Education. In sixth grade, students take two additional courses, Learning Lab and Tech Lab, to support their transition to middle school. Seventh graders spend the year developing a business in their Entrepreneurial Studies class. And in the eighth grade, students take a capstone trip that solidifies their Spanish language skills and immerses them in a different culture.


After-School Programs


GMS offers a variety of individual and team after-school sports including softball, flag football, cross country, swimming, basketball, soccer, volleyball, tennis, track, and golf. Any student, regardless of ability or experience, is encouraged to play on these athletic teams. 


GMS offers a variety of afterschool programs, including Drama Club, Math Circles, Open Art, Woodworking and Skateboarding. 

Homework Club

GMS offers a no cost homework club 3:30 to 5 pm Monday through Friday, where students may work on assignments or projects.

For further information about After-School Programs please click here.


Tuition and Fees for 2016-17:

2016-17 Tuition for New Students to GMS

Technology Fee - New Student
Total $31,500 $31,500 $31,500
Tuition Refund Insurance (optional)




Homework club and books are included in the tuition.  Additional costs include uniforms and lunch.

Financial Aid

For more information about the Financial Aid and Scholarship program please click here.


The Girls’ Middle School offers a shuttle service to pick up and drop off students who take Caltrain or VTA Light Rail at the Mountain View Caltrain station (at Castro and Evelyn).  This van service is only available for girls who commute by train, for a fee.