Plan your visit to Gonzaga this upcoming fall! We offer an Open House and The Eagle for a Day Program, where eighth-grade students experience a day-in-the-life here at Gonzaga.
Eagle for a Day Program
Thank you for your interest in Gonzaga! The Eagle for a Day Program pairs interested eighth grade students with current freshmen for a day at Gonzaga. As a visitor, you spend the whole day attending classes with your host, and it is a great way to see if Gonzaga is the right school for you. In order to schedule an Eagle for a Day visit (for eighth graders only), you must go online and create an admissions account by clicking here. Once your account is created, you may then self-schedule a visit via the Eagle for a Day checklist item. Eagle for a Day Visits will commence in late September.
The Gonzaga school day is 8:30 AM until 2:25 PM. Our Eagle for a Day experience aims to provide a student with a full school-day experience so that you truly know what it is like to be a student at Gonzaga. You will attend classes, walk our hallways, meet teachers and students, eat lunch with your host, and generally experience a day in the life of a Gonzaga freshman student. We believe this experience will allow you to make an informed decision on whether or not to apply to Gonzaga - or attend should you be accepted. We highly recommend this visit for prospective applicants.
A: The Eagle for a Day Program will begin in mid-September and will continue until early December. Nearly every day in that time frame that Gonzaga has a normal class day, we will host Eagle for a Day visitors.
A: Gonzaga is located in the heart of the capital city. If you are not sure how to find the Gonzaga campus, you can find directions and parking information here.
The Admissions Office is on the first floor of Dooley Hall. Go inside the doors and proceed to the school Seal, which is in the floor in front of Our Lady's Chapel. As is our tradition, please do not step on the Seal. Turn left, and the Admissions Office is the first door on the left. You will be greeted by a member of the Admissions Team.
A. The Gonzaga School day is 8:25 am until 2:30 pm. Please arrive at the Gonzaga Admissions office at 8:15 am. Your day will end at 2:30 pm, and your host will bring you back to the Admissions Office staff. Please confirm with your parents, when they drop you off, if they will meet you at the Admissions Office or elsewhere on campus.
A: Lunch is on us! You do not need to bring your own food. Also, you may choose to bring a notebook and pen if you wish to take notes while you are on campus. Lastly, enthusiasm to experience a new community as our guest is never underrated.
A: Yes, you may request a host student, but he must be a freshman. Gonzaga does its best to accommodate requests but cannot guarantee they can be fulfilled. If you have a brother at Gonzaga, unless he is a freshman, he cannot host you. Since we have your safety in mind, we need to know how to find you during the day. At no point is a visiting student ever to leave their assigned host.
A: Gonzaga operates on a block schedule with A and B Days. You will visit on one of those two days, so you will not experience every class that is part of your host’s course load. At Open House on November 19, however, we will simulate classes from every academic discipline, so you will be able to interact with our teachers at that time as well.
A: Up until 3 days before your visit, families can reschedule through your online Admissions Account. Within 3 days, families should call the Admissions Office at 202.336.7101 to let us know your plans are changing. We can help you reschedule or cancel. There are families waiting in hopes of availability, so again, we appreciate the courtesy of advance notice so that we can fill any vacated spot.
A: Gonzaga generally follows the decisions of the Montgomery County Public School system for weather-related closings or delays. If Montgomery County Public Schools cancel classes, Gonzaga's classes are also canceled. If Montgomery County has a delayed opening of any length, Gonzaga opens at 9:30am.
Please note, if Gonzaga is closed due to inclement weather on your scheduled visit, we will do our best to try and reschedule.
Annual Fall Open House
Sunday, November 19, 2023
10 am to 2 pm All are welcome
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, administrators, and students
Speak informally with administration, program directors, and staff
Discuss the benefits of a Jesuit education and all-boys school
Review the application process
Learn about the financial aid process
More information, including a schedule of events and campus Open House map, will be shared in the fall. But for now, please save the date!
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