Frequently Asked Questions
What is Continuous Enrollment?
Continuous Enrollment is a common-sense approach to enrollment that is being adopted by many private schools nationwide to make the process more convenient for families.
As part of the first-time enrollment process for new students, you will indicate your understanding that your children are continuously enrolled at Gainesville Preparatory School until graduation or, if necessary, the withdrawal process is followed. Once initial enrollment has been achieved by a family, students are considered enrolled at Gainesville Preparatory School until parents follow an opt-out process between January 1-February 15. Parents can opt-out by clicking here.
Rather than an opt-IN annual re-enrollment process, Continuous Enrollment is an opt-OUT process. In other words, if you’re returning to Gainesville Preparatory School after initially enrolling, you will never have to fill out another re-enrollment contract.
No student will be considered for re-enrollment for the succeeding academic year unless their billing account is current, and they are in good academic standing.
What is the Continuous Enrollment timeline?
- You will receive a continuous enrollment email by around the end of December each year, reminding you that you are already enrolled at GPS and providing links to the upcoming year’s Schedule of Tuition and Fees and affordability and financial assistance information. This will include a reminder if you intend to withdraw to submit your notice to the school through this opt-out form on or before February 28 (Renewal Date) to avoid being billed the nonrefundable Enrollment Deposit for each family.
- No action will be required if your child(ren) will be at GPS the following year, and the $300 Enrollment Deposit will automatically be billed to your Jupiter account and due in March. The fee is $300 per family, not child.
- Each summer before school begins, families will receive an email with directions on how to update family information in Jupiter and review the online Student/Parent Handbook.
Why do we need to sign a Continuous Enrollment contract?
Having families sign the one-time Continuous Enrollment Contract confirms that families fully understand the new policy and requirements.
Does Continuous Enrollment apply to all students?
Why do you charge an Enrollment Deposit of $300 per family?
Gainesville Preparatory School (GPS) makes decisions related to hiring staff, classes, and purchasing curriculum and materials based on anticipated enrollment. Your future plans influence our current decisions. If you choose to withdraw from GPS for the next school year, please do so through this opt-out form by February 28th. The Enrollment Deposit lets Gainesville Preparatory School know that you are committed to having your children enrolled with us for the next school year. It is non-refundable and holds your place for enrollment the following year. This will be billed to your Jupiter account soon after the February 28 deadline and due by March 31.
How do I pay the Enrollment Deposit?
The $300 Enrollment Deposit (per family) will be billed through Jupiter at the end of February and due by March 31st.
What if I don't pay the Enrollment Fee by the March 31st deadline?
Your child’s enrollment spot is no longer guaranteed once the billed Enrollment Deposit becomes overdue. We do expect classes to fill up for the 24-25 school year.
Will I be penalized for withdrawing from GPS?
Gainesville Preparatory School (GPS) makes decisions related to hiring staff, classes, and purchasing curriculum and materials based on anticipated enrollment. Your future plans influence our current decisions. If you choose to withdraw from GPS for the next school year, please do so through this opt-out form and be mindful of the following dates:
- On or before February 28 (Renewal Date): You will NOT be contractually obligated to pay Enrollment Deposit, tuition, and fees for next school year.
- Between March 1 and May 31st (Enrollment Drop Date): You will NOT be contractually obligated to pay tuition and fees for the next school year. However, you will have forfeited the nonrefundable Enrollment Deposit.
- On and after June 1st: You will forfeit the nonrefundable Enrollment Deposit and will be contractually obligated to pay the tuition and fees in full for each child for the next school year.
What if extenuating circumstances arise after I have paid the Enrollment Deposit for the following year and I need to withdraw my child?
We understand that there are extenuating circumstances in life and that plans may change for your child. However, because Gainesville Preparatory School (GPS) makes decisions related to hiring staff, classes, and purchasing curriculum and materials based on anticipated enrollment and your future plans influence our current decisions, there are limited exceptions under which the contract can be terminated.
- If your family submits a withdrawal form by May 31 (in which case the deposit is still non-refundable but you will not be liable for tuition and fees for the following school year)
- In event of an out of area move (defined as thirty or more miles) before school begins
- In event your tuition assistance award is insufficient, after GPS reviews your SSS application with you to consider extenuating circumstances
- In event GPS can no longer meet your child’s educational needs. This must be mutually agreed upon by both the school and family
- In event there are unforeseen circumstances not noted above, in which case a refund needs Board approval
How will I know the tuition and fees for the following year?
Gainesville Prep will post an updated Schedule of Tuition and Fees on our website around by the end of December every year. An email reminder will go out with a link to this information.
Currently enrolled families may complete their annual application for financial aid starting January 1 and this closes on April 1. New families may apply at any time, but the application will not be processed until the student has been accepted for enrollment. Financial aid is awarded on a rolling basis to qualified families. You are encouraged to not delay completing your application.
What tuition plans are offered?
- All families are on one of three payment plans
- One payment for the full year tuition due July 1
- Two semester payments due July 1 and January 1
- Twelve monthly payments, June-May
Do I still need to fill out a new financial aid application each year?
Yes, you will need to fill out a financial aid application each year. January 1st is the date that this application opens for returning families and it closes on April 1. New families may apply at any time, but the application will not be processed until the student has been accepted for enrollment. Financial aid is awarded on a rolling basis to qualified families. You are encouraged to not delay completing your application.
Where can I find the withdrawal form?
The withdrawal form can be found in Jupiter under your student(s) account and the Forms tab. It is labeled Intent to Withdraw.
The mission of Gainesville Preparatory School is to embrace each child as uniquely made in the image of God, and develop them as disciples of Christ who flourish spiritually, socially, and academically in order to expand the Kingdom of God on earth.