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SAIS Featured School: Girls Preparatory School, Chattanooga, TN

Wednesday, March 21, 2018  
Posted by: Christina Mimms
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At Girls Preparatory School (GPS), our teaching methods, programs, culture, and priorities begin and end with what is best for our girls. We have created a girl-centered curricular and co-curricular program inspired by how girls learn best, one that prepares each girl for her future. For more than 110 years, GPS has equipped girls to become the best versions of themselves.

Today, GPS stands among the nation’s top independent all-girls schools, dedicated to our mission to graduate girls of integrity and purpose. GPS allows girls to value and achieve a high level of academic excellence coupled with the discipline and organizational skills to excel in college and in their chosen professions. They understand the power of women supporting women to achieve more together and embrace the importance of leading lives of purpose and honor.

Along with a robust academic curriculum — with classes such as forensic science, engineering design, world languages, and graphic arts — GPS also fosters a girl’s creativity with a fine arts program that produces a full-scale Broadway musical each spring and a modern dance troupe that garners national acclaim. GPS also offers 15 varsity sports: volleyball, soccer, climbing, cross country, golf, basketball, swimming, diving, bowling, cheerleading, lacrosse, tennis, softball, rowing, and track and field.

Our coordinate program with the all-boys McCallie School allows students from both schools to reap the benefits of a single-gender education while still having myriad opportunities to interact in social and service situations, work side-by-side, and make lasting friendships.

Signature programs, such as the Tucker Fellows Program that studies the Tennessee River and watershed, allow students to explore high-level learning outside the classroom. Through Partnership in Community, girls gain student leadership skills through service partnerships with local nonprofit agencies. During Winterim, students choose from local, national, and international opportunities that further enhance their learning experience.

GPS alumnae pursue advanced college degrees and contribute to their communities and the world around them in amazing ways. They become business and social entrepreneurs (much like our three female founders), attorneys and judges, performers and designers, journalists and community leaders, scientists and engineers, medical professionals, and educators.

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