What is GSP?
GSP and GSP 2.0 provide emotional, financial, and academic guidance to our alumnae in both high school and college.
GSP - CMS partnership
The GSP Team begins their formal relationship with our students once they enter the Upper School in 6th grade. To facilitate this connection, they teach the Advisory course for each grade during one trimester of the year. In the first trimester, they work with our 8th grade students, delivering lessons on high school choice and the application process. GSP is dedicated to placing students in the Catholic, private or selective public high school that is best suited for their overall growth; conversations in Advisory ensure that this goal can be achieved. In the second trimester, they connect with our 7th grade students and in the third trimester they work with our 6th grade students, identifying positive study habits and support systems for success with each grade.
GSP in high school
GSP offers daily study halls, one-on-one tutoring, and weekly SAT prep courses. GSP offers workshops on topics such as financial aid and the college selection process as well as social-emotional workshops on topics such astime and stress management techniques, domestic violence awareness, summer employment opportunities and more. The GSP Team also takes juniors on college visits and provides targeted support with every step of the college applications and admissions process. Academic performance for all graduates is tracked through quarterly report card reviews and graduates are expected to meet the benchmarks outlined below to ensure college readiness.
GSP Benchmarks for Graduates
GSP 2.0 ensures that CMS alumnae not only enroll in, but also graduate from college. All alumnae in GSP 2.0 receive a stipend to assist with incidentals, books and travel home, as well as ongoing and comprehensive guidance in academic choices and identifying campus resources. Most CMS alumnae are the first in their families to attend college, and GSP provides a community of expertise and support that they might not receive at home. As low-income college students, our girls often have to work hard to receive scholarships and financial aid, and GSP 2.0 empowers them to become successful self-advocates. GSP 2.0 also supports students as they establish financial health and build life-long sustainable habits. Some of our students pursue vocational paths such as the military; GSP 2.0 supports these students as well.