The school buildings are open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 4:30 p.m. on most school days. Classes begin at 8:20 AM and end at 3:15 PM. The upper school (grades 7-12) have a late start–9:45 a.m. each Thursday.
Elementary students must be picked up by an authorized adult. Upper High School students are dismissed on their own, unless parents notify the school otherwise. Students participating in after school clubs will be the responsibility of the after school club teacher. When the club has ended, parents will need to pick their children up from that teacher.
GGIS students wear the school uniforms for all classes, including physical education. Much research has been done on the pros and cons of mandatory school uniforms. The overwhelming conclusion for private schools is that the pros far outweigh the cons. Here are some of the benefits to the climate of the school when uniforms are mandated.
Promotes a sense of belonging for students; Reduces tardiness; Students focus on school and not how they look; Creates a positive identity for the school community; Allows easier recognition of students inside the school and in the community; Reduces bullying; Improves student learning; Saves families money; Increases academic achievement; Promotes good behavior; Establishes an equal ground for students from all walks of life; Instills a sense of discipline.