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Garrison Forest School

Frequently Asked Questions



What kind of summer programs do you offer?
We have half day, full day, evening, weekend and residential programs for boys and girls, ages 3 and up.  Our programs are listed by category and can be found under the following titles:  BE Artsy, BE Curious, BE Horsey, BE Sporty, BE Prepared and BE Brave (and spend the night!).  Programs cover a wide range of subjects including science, technology, engineering, art, acting, dancing, cooking, sports, sewing, tutoring, training, riding, polo, music and, of course, plenty of good ‘ol fashioned fun!

What is the best way to search all these amazing programs that Summer at Garrison Forest offers?
Flip through our brochure!  If you didn’t get one in the mail, it can be found on our website at:  www.gfs.org/summer. Our website also has individual pages for each program you can click on for more details. You can also click on any “Register” button, set up an account or log in if you already have one, and view program titles available each week based on your child’s age.

Are your summer programs for boys too even though you’re an all-girl school?
Yes!  We do a few girl-only programs but most of our programs are for boys and girls.

When are the sessions each day?
Unless otherwise noted in a program’s description, the majority of our day programs follow the following times:

Half Day Morning = 9:00am – 12:00pm

Half Day Afternoon = 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Full Day = 9:00am – 3:30pm

Are grades and ages listed for programs the current age/grade of participant or their age/rising grade (grade next Fall)?
Ages relate to the age of the participant during the date of the summer program they are enrolled in.  Grades listed are rising grade – grade participant will enter at the end of the summer.

Do you offer an “early-bird discount” for early registration?
Yes! An early bird discount for most programs is available until March 1, 2019. Receive $20.00 off each program.

Is lunch available for registered participants?
Unless otherwise noted, lunch is available for most programs.  You will be able to add this option at the time of registration for an additional cost or after you are registered but before the start of each session registered for.

Do you have before and after care options?
Yes.  You will be able to add either or both of these options for an additional cost at the time of registration or after you are registered but before the start of each session registered for. Our before/after program incorporates structured activities and play utilizing our O’Zone, Outdoor Classroom and playgrounds.

Before Care:  7:30am – 9:00am (participants are then escorted to their program)

After Care:  3:00pm – 6:00pm (participants are picked up from their program and escorted to after care)

(NOTE:  GFS Little Grizzlies drop-off available as early as 8:30am – no additional charge)

Who instructs Summer at Garrison Forest programs?
We have a mix of signature GFS programs taught by our faculty/staff and external specialty programs who we hand selected and cultivated partnerships with.

When will registration open?
We are planning on opening registration on January 1, 2019.

Is there transportation available to and from Summer at Garrison Forest?
Unfortunately, at this time, we do not offer transportation.  However we are considering this in the future.

Do you have a summer boarding program?
Yes, we offer several residential programs throughout the summer.

How do I register?
Registration is available through our website (gfs.org/summer). Click on any of the “Register” buttons, create a new family account or log in to your account.

What is required at the time of registration and how does billing work?
A registration fee of $10.00 and a non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration.  We accept credit Visa, Mastercard or electronic checking account withdrawals.  After deposit is paid, all future payments are scheduled on an automatic payment plan.  You can also log in at any time and make a payment through your account.  Required health forms are due the Friday before the first day of attending a program. Immunization records need to be up to date (within 10 months of the first day of attendance).

What is your refund policy?
Deposits are non-refundable and no refunds are available after June 1, 2019. If a participant is unable to attend a program after enrollment due to health reasons, a refund may be available with proper documentation from a licensed physician.  Summer at Garrison Forest reserves the right to deny refund requests.

What should I pack and what should I wear?
In general for all programs, we recommend packing a water bottle, sunscreen and two snacks each day and suggest wearing comfortable clothing and appropriate shoes. If specific items are required, it will be noted in your welcome letter from each director.