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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. GSP is dedicated to placing students in the Catholic, private or selective public high school that is best suited for their overall growth. GSP uses a college and career readiness curriculum to help all Upper School students align their strengths and interests with their goals for high school and college. Sixth graders start by exploring their values and interests to determine potential career paths, with GSP emphasizing STEM fields as strong options. Seventh graders become more exposed to the process of applying to college, including familiarizing themselves with SAT prep and Regents exams, as research shows that students who understand these processes are more likely to perform well. The 8th grade curriculum is focused on applying to high school, GSP encourages our middle schoolers to view their high school choices as a building block for their futures. By starting GSP as early as the 6th grade, we foster a strong college and career mindset in our girls.

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

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.