One of the best ways for you to get to know us is to spend some with us, exploring our campus, meeting our teachers and students, and getting a taste for our classes and activities.
Eagle for a Day Program
We invite all interested 8th-grade students to experience Gonzaga through our Eagle for a Day program. You’ll spend the day with a freshman, attending classes with him, eating lunch in the cafeteria, and getting a sense for Gonzaga’s unique spirit and culture. Below are some frequently asked questions about how to arrange a visit, as well as what to expect when you’re here. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Mike Hanagan in our Admissions Office at 202-336-7101 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Eagle for a Day Program begins every year in mid-September and continues until early December. Each day in that time frame that Gonzaga has a normal class day, we will host Eagle for a Day visitors.
The Admissions Office is on the first floor of Dooley Hall. Once you enter, walk straight towards Our Lady's Chapel (as is our tradition, please do not step on the School Seal on the ground!) and turn left. The Admissions Office is the first door on the left. Ask for Mr. Mike Hanagan, who will introduce you to your freshman guide.
The Gonzaga school day runs from 8:10 am until 2:45 pm. Please arrive at the Gonzaga Admissions office at 8:00 am. Visitors who arrive to campus before 7:30 am will not be able to access the school because of our security protocols, so please do your best to arrive at the Admissions Office at 8:00 am. At 2:45 pm, your host will bring you back to the Admissions Office. Please confirm with your parents, when they drop you off, if they will meet you at the Admissions Office or elsewhere on campus. The Admissions Office closes at 3:30, so you will need to be picked up before that time.
Your parent or guardian is welcome to drop you off in the morning and to pick you up once your visit has concluded. If your parents arrange for you to arrive and/or go home in a neighbor's carpool, via the Metro with a Gonzaga student, or another way, that is acceptable. Please ensure you and they understand exactly how you will get to and from Gonzaga as those arrangements are the family's responsibility.
Follow the Gonzaga dress code: dress pants (any color) and belt, collared shirt (any color and tucked into your pants), dress shoes and dress socks (no white socks)
Wear your grade school uniform if it conforms to our dress code.
*Hoodies are not within Gonzaga's dress code and should not be worn during your son's visit. Also, once a month Gonzaga has a formal dress day when a tie and blazer are required. When you schedule your visit, you will be alerted if your visit takes place on a formal dress day.
Cell phones are allowed, however, all phones need to be turned off and put away during classes. Our student handbook states that any phone found in use during class is subject to confiscation by faculty or the Student Services office.
The only thing that you’ll need to bring is your lunch. You can bring a bag lunch or bring money to buy lunch in the cafeteria ($5 to $10 is enough; credit/debit cards are not accepted). You may also want to bring a notebook and pen if you’d like to take notes in class.
Yes, but all hosts must be freshmen. Although we do our best, we cannot accommodate every request. At no point is a freshman visitor to leave his assigned host. Since we have your son's safety in mind, we need to know how to find him during the day.
If your visit is more than five days away, you can reschedule through your online Admissions Account. Within five days, please call the Admissions Office at 202-336-7101, and we’ll help you reschedule. There are often families willing to use your spot, so we appreciate as much notice as possible.
Gonzaga follows Montgomery County Public Schools for weather related closings and delays. If Montgomery County is closed, then Gonzaga is closed. If Montgomery County has a delayed opening of any length, Gonzaga opens at 9:30 am. If Montgomery County closes early, Gonzaga will make its own decision. Please note, if Gonzaga is closed due to inclement weather on your scheduled visit, we will do our best to try and reschedule your appointment but there is the possibility that rescheduling will not be possible.
Annual Fall Open House
Sunday, November 24, 2019 10 am to 2 pm
Gonzaga will host an Open House for prospective families to visit the school and learn from members of the admissions office, faculty, current parents and students, alumni, and coaches. During the Open House, you’ll get the chance to:
Meet our teachers, students, and coaches
Speak informally with program directors, current parents and students, faculty, and coaches
Take a student-led tour of campus
Discuss the benefits of a Jesuit education and all-boys school
Review the application process
Learn about the financial aid process
Pre-registration is not required for the Open House, and all members of the family are welcome.
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